Outback Trading Company LTD
Established in 1983, Outback Trading Company stays true to its reputation of producing rugged and durable high performance apparel. Outback Trading Company is the leading supplier of all-weather outdoor apparel. Outback is committed to producing hard wearing, comfortable, and functional clothes and fashion apparel for working lifestyles. Outback Trading has a fit and style for all.
Wilson King has brought Outback Trading Company’s quest for Outdoor Apparel literally from around the world for the past 26 years. Outback’s customers are found all over the world in vast and varied events. “For a small company we have lots of International appeal.”
It all started with a trip to Japan to compete in the Inter-Pacific Pony Club Nationals. It was a huge eye opener traveling to a foreign country but there came opportunity for Wilson King at only 17 years old, he was a native of the Pennsylvania farm country. After traveling to Japan he had a new found passion for travel which triggered a year long journey around the world with such stops as Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
When he arrived in Australia he only had thirty dollars to his name and two broken motorcycles. Wilson merged the two and started the next leg of his trek. On one particular stop he came across his first oilskin duster that was given to him as a gift. “The Motorcycle and Oilskin Duster were like my family while I was in Australia.”
In 1978 when Wilson finally returned to the states, his future and career path were still undetermined. Wilson decided one day to grab his Oilskin Duster, and to tack up his horse and leave out on a trek through the Brandywine Valley which is located in the Pennsylvania countryside. While riding it came a downpour, but Wilson had no worries because he had his duster, so he kept riding.
During the downpour he had had a sudden realization that without his Oilskin Duster from Australia, he would have been drenched. He was extremely excited about this finding. With encouragement and excitement, he pursued the Claybourn Brothers of Australia which were the manufactures of the first oilskin duster that he had. Wilson received his first shipment of Oilskin dusters and sold them out of his Jeep Wagoner.
From that point Outback Trading Company was born, and created from one man, his horse and his duster. They have become so popular that Outback Trading is now a household name among all outdoor enthusiasts. The Oilskin Duster is and has always been a top seller for Outback Trading and because of the duster they have spun off many styles of hard working outdoor adventure apparel. They offer many styles to their large customer base from around the world. “We produce unique clothes that work and that people appreciate.”
Through the years Outback Trading Company has continued to produce new and innovative lines of functional and stunning outerwear and garments. Thought we have had tough economic times. King states "Every time there's a recession, we tend to go back to our roots and a more traditional lifestyle. Our outerwear is reflective of this era. That's where we thrive"