Box & Carmen
Buckmundi is operated from our caravan while we live and explore Australia. From storing stock, packaging, processing, designing to marketing. You name it, it’s the whole shebang on wheels!
Originally both from small Queensland towns ‘Cooktown and Julia Creek’, we were familiar with a simpler life to the one we had created in Townsville for 15 years. In October 2019 we packed up our 9 to 5 lives on a gut feeling there was more out there for us and to find what we are passionate about. We hit the road to live on it with our sausage dog Chilli, we love it and intend to continue for a long time yet.
HOW WE STARTED
Our van life staple fishing shirt (aka outdoor life shirts as 90% of the time you’re not fishing in them) was where we started and being Australian made was very important to us as it is for a growing number of Aussies. Being sun conscious and living in long sleeves is what we were brought up doing so chucking on a shirt that performs, has style, practical elements such as pockets with themes other than fishing is what we are all about.
Being fussy about fabric, construction and Buckmundi's manufacturer is no accident. Sewing, bridal design and retail and study in Textile Design & Footwear is my background (Carmen). This is where the knowledge to locate quality fabric and a high standard of garment assembly stems from and importantly manufactured in Australia; NOT designed here and made elsewhere.
Quentin (affectionately better known as Box) conjured up our brand name by slapping two words together.
Buck ‘deer’ Mundi ‘barramundi’ and rhymes with not liking Monday, such an Aussie bloke thing to do but it's easy to remember. He is my 110% encouragement while re-kindling his love for boiler making at mine shutdown’s to keep the wheels turning while we travel and get Buckmundi out there.
WHAT MAKES OUR SHIRTS DIFFERENT
Every brand says their shirts are the lightest and coolest, but it is fair dinkum the first thing people notice when they put on a Buckmundi. We have located the softest microfibre fabric that helps keep you cool by drawing moisture away from your skin, letting the breeze pass through making them much cooler to wear then other fishing shirts. We have tested them in 40+ degree heat and humidity from the Kimberley Western Australia to Cape York Queensland and across Australia against other long sleeve shirts and they definitely breath the best.
We are proudly Australian owned, designed & made. Every design we do has ‘Australian owned & made’ printed on the back. They don’t need ironing, are rated UPF50+, quick drying and the fabric is treated to help keep the BO away (so fellas you can give wearing them for multiple days a crack.)
We have golfers, fishermen, van lifers, horsemen, bird watchers, hikers, gardeners, 4x4 drivers, cider makers, Muay Thai fighters, riders and sky divers wearing our shirts to name only a few, they keep coming back and we love it. Our customers become part of the Buckmundi family and contribute to make our Australian made product even greater. To this day the largest percentage of our sales are from repeat customers.
Our aim is to showcase Australian made while living the Aussie dream and keeping a few more employed while we are at it. It is unreal quality gear, and we are so proud to see people loving them as much as we do. Appreciate the shout outs and sharing everyone has been doing to get Buckmundi out there.
Thank you for supporting our little business & Australian made.
Carmen, Box & Chilli dog.