In time past, the swag was carried by stockmen on the backs of their horses, by gold diggers and by bushies. For nearly 35 years Gabrielle and John have been making traditional swags and a range of travel bags for modern-day adventurers, alongside their upholstery business, which is run from a workshop behind the couple’s home at Glenfield, 10 kilometres north of Geraldton. John has the needle and cloth in his blood – his grandfather was a Savile Row tailor in London. John and Gabrielle have always enjoyed trekking and understand that the integrity of your gear is essential.
“We love taking adventure holidays and we’ve walked the Bibbulmun Track – 1000 kilometres end to end – and the Cape to Cape, which are both in WA, as well as the Overland Track and the South Coast Track in Tasmania,” says John. “We’ve even completed survival walks in Murchison area, including one where we had to walk for 10 days over 220 kilometres without food or bedding, just carrying an emergency kit the size of a soap box.”