/CO.STARTERS for CAUSES Breakfast with James Bartle Outland Denim!
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“A favourite of Meghan Markle, Outland Denim has gained a name for being the most ethical jean brand in the business. As a notoriously bad product for the environment, Outland’s not-so-bad denim is made from sustainably sourced cotton and ensures it helps empower the women who make their jeans. Made by Cambodian women who have been victims of sex trafficking, Outland’s vision starts with the very first hire — and ends with a damn good pair of jeans.” – Marie Claire

The breakfast is brought to you by Business Blessings. Wes Leake from Business Blessings and CO.STARTERS Brisbane is the lead facilitator of the causes groups.

Who is James Bartle?

James Bartle is the founding CEO of Outland Denim, the denim brand making jeans differently. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Over six years Bartle developed a unique production method that would enable each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring while crafting artisan quality jeans to the highest standard to compete in the global premium marketplace. In 2016, he took Outland to scale, securing international investment and distribution to further the company’s mission to employ more young women while concurrently investing heavily in supply chain and environmental stewardship. With a background in manufacturing and start-up ventures, Bartle has taken a hands-on approach to developing Outland’s signature jean styles, eschewing automation in favour of craftsmanship. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in the hills of the Gold Coast hinterland, Australia.

Outland Denim

Outland Denim crafts premium denim jeans designed to bring the worlds of our sewers and our customers closer together. We source the finest, environmentally sound, raw materials from around the world. Sustainable employment, training, living wage and personal empowerment opportunities are given to all our women who have been rescued from human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and at-risk situations.

Brand backgrounder

Outland Denim was founded in 2011 by James Bartle to facilitate opportunities for young women coming out of aftercare programs with a vocational skill set but few employment opportunities. These women had experienced human trafficking, sexual exploitation and/or abuse, and were mostly from rural Cambodia where the majority of families sit just above the poverty line. With little education, trauma, stigma and no means for building a bright future, Outland stepped in with its vocational training and employment program, helping them rebuild their lives while they learnt the highly specialised craft of jean making. From the initial five sewers, Outland has grown to accommodate more than 100 sewers in its bespoke production house, expanding its social mission to include any at-risk young woman, from the unemployed to the disabled, and empowering them with knowledge, skills and a safe, encouraging work environment. It is Outland’s mission to create more opportunities to join its thriving team of seamstresses, restoring hope, purpose and dignity to each individual as they apply their skills to create world-changing jeans.

Outland Denim exists to create safe, healthy, dignified employment opportunities for some of the most vulnerable members of society, particularly those who have experienced human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We offer our seamstresses the opportunity to participate in their own economic, career and social advancement through education, training and paying living wages. To do this, and create lasting social change, we make jeans with an artisanal quality in our stand-alone Cambodian production house, utilising the highest quality, environmentally sound raw materials to ensure their absolute integrity. We desire for our jeans to become a part of the wearer’s life story – the foundational “hero” of their wardrobe, so to speak. We also offer a classic range of timeless basics to complement our Outland originals and seasonal jean offerings. We cater to the customer who is street-wise, worldly and sophisticated with a minimal fuss approach to dressing and a desire to create positive change with their purchasing decisions.

Purpose of the Breakfast

The purpose of the breakfast is to highlight the value that Social Enterprises bring to the economy plus to raise funds for a scholarship program for those interested in completing Co.starters Causes Program – designed specifically to equip those starting or who have started a social enterprise.

During the morning two other social enterprises will be highlighted – Rob & Melissa Taylor from Pure Dreamwear and Pemba Amuri from Kilamanjaro Krafts.

There will also be opportunities to participate in various fundraising activities on the morning.

The practical details:

Date: Thursday 2 May, 2019

Time: 7 am to 8:30 am

Location: Victoria Park Golf Complex, Herston Rd, Herston


Early Early Bird by 31 March – $50 pp

Early Bird by 15 April – $55 pp

Full price after 15 April – $60 pp

Full Time Student Price: $45 pp