ALPAKA was born in late 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, after launching a successful Kickstarter campaign. We're crowdfunded and proud of it. Our foundation is bags. But we're not stopping there. Our goal is to create highly functional products that are durable and great looking.
Our purpose is to create goods designed to empower your journey. This journey is bound by an honest belief in creating items that will inspire you to live your best life.
We solve problems by integrating a progressive style, ergonomic design and technical fabrics in the most sustainable way we can. Every design we make comes from our idea of what beautiful aesthetic and great functionality should be.
Our products are hand-crafted and they are inspired by the multi-faceted lives of modern times. Minimal and made for urban life, but also durable and versatile enough for short outdoor adventures.
At our very core, we're consumed by the idea of engineering the best products possible as well as providing an extraordinary experience for a new generation of resilient thinkers, doers, creatives and the like.
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To bring our products to life, we work with carefully selected suppliers around the world that we constantly foster to meet our high standards. We've partnered with a small factory in Shenzhen, China, that is able to produce high quality goods with our Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing methodology. The tight partnership between us and our suppliers allow us to produce the highest quality products possible, and passing these quality standards to the customers in the form of lifetime repair guarantee on all the products purchased from our website (www.alpakagear.com).
As part of our effort to reduce waste, we not only work with large global suppliers that have a good record of waste reduction strategy, but at the same time we have also implemented our own waste minimisation strategies to reduce waste. The waste reduction plan we have implemented so far are:
- Increase the use of up-cycled materials in our products.
- Use production methods that decrease waste materials.
- Purchase new manufacturing equipments that are more power efficient than previous generation machines.
- Reduce power usage in the factory.
- Reduce use of air conditioning in the office.
- Reduce use of energy in transportation by locating more of staff accomodation, factory and offices within a 0.1 km radius.
Our current manufacturing partner has around 25 employees and we have worked with them since 2017. We have invested in our own JUKI digital sewing machine, laser fabric cutting machine, and Brother full computer controlled pattern sewing machines. These state of the art equipments allow us to increase our output, and at the same time decrease our defect rates.
Worker's BenefitsWorker’s employment condition and benefits are something we take seriously at ALPAKA. We believe that everyone who works for ALPAKA should be treated as best as possible.
All our office employees and the factory workers are paid at a wage level that is 40% higher than the Shenzhen market equivalent. We also have work from home option for office employees that have young children. All staff are given free accomodation and food.
We have also chosen to give our staff the highest level of healthcare, accident and retirement insurance, so that they can work with a peace of mind knowing that they are always covered.