About Outland Denim

Outland Denim began its jean-making journey when founder James Bartle had a fortuitous encounter with an anti-trafficking group, and then travelled to Asia and saw first hand how human traffickers prey on vulnerable young girls in order to service the sex industry.

After learning that once a girl has been rescued and rehabilitated, sustainable career path is vital for securing her future, James created the "Denim Project", which would enable those girls who demonstrated an interest in sewing to put their new skills to use.

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Where was I made?

Designed in: Australia

Produced in: Cambodia

Component manufacture:

  • Cambodia

  • Bangladesh

  • Vietnam

  • Australia

Dye & related processes


Manufacture process:

Internally managed through procurement of raw materials that meet certification standards in production.

Outland Denim notes:

The use of toxic synthetic indigo dye poses a major threat to environmental and human health in and near manufacturing facilities. Outland Denim addresses this issue by prioritising the use of natural indigo dyes for its denim, derived from a plant species called Indigofera. Use of natural vegetable dyes means that workers are exposed to less toxic chemicals and the likelihood or severity of water pollution is reduced, leading to an overall increase in the sustainability of our jeans. Outland ensures any non-vegetable dyes meet the Global Organic Textile Standard certification or have been tested for harmful chemicals by Oeko-Tex Standard.

Reference to certification standards:

Garment accessories


Manufacture process:

Zips provided by external manufacturer (YKK) that complies with certification standards.

Buttons and rivets provided by Timay and Tempo that comply with Oeko-Tex 100 certification.

Outland Denim notes:

The mining of metal for uses in zippers and studs for jeans can cause a multitude of environmental impacts that are felt for generations. Outland Denim is reducing its impact by using YKK as a supplier of zippers. YKK tries to reduce its environmental impact by creating zips from recycled materials. It is part of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Initiative (ZDHC), which aims to reduce usage of hazardous chemicals and their discharge into the environment, and won the Biodiversity Protection Award in 2014 for environmental stewardship. Social stewardship is also demonstrated by YKK through the provision of: vocational training and educational support for young people; a childcare centre for utilisation by their Bangladeshi workers; free health examinations for employees and their communities; and equal opportunity for all employees.

Reference to certification standards

Thread & Fabrics


Manufacture process:

Pocket lining provided by Viet Thang Corporation that complies with Oeko-Tex 100 standards, ISO 9002 and ISO 14001 compliance.

Tanned leather patches provided by Safa Impex and comply with European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) standards.

Outland Denim notes:

The Viet Thang Corporation is adhering to the eight core quality principles that ensure companies continually improve their practices, have a strong focus on customers, and hold mutually beneficial relationships with suppliers. Environmental management is the focus of ISO14001, which pledges companies to measure and continually improve environmental impact. A site visit conducted by an Outland Denim team member has found that the facilities and practices of Viet Thang Corporation align with Outland Denim’s ethical and environmental values.

Reference to certification standards