Lauren and Daniel, the next generation of Aussie Chillers, currently reside on the Gold Coast QLD, where they continue the work that started 30+ years ago. Manufacturing headwear that's sold in over 100 countries. The legacy continues.
The birth of Aussie Chiller
“Talk about fate…”
US born Gary Stauffenberg, former ping golf clubs, travelled the world to discover the latest new product to represent. After a week in Australia meeting with several product wholesalers, Gary was in search of a specific golf glove distributor. “I spent all week tracking down the distributor but couldn’t find him”, Stauffenberg says.
At 4pm on the final day, Gary connected with Keith Johnstone. A local who had spent his whole life in leather craftsmanship and headwear. Though at the time was manufacturing kangaroo leather golf gloves. “He was only 20 minutes away!”. They met that afternoon in Burleigh Heads, Queensland.
Gary and Keith pivoted from their original idea of selling golf gloves to designing the "best golf hat that money could buy."
“It was a combination, I think, of my enthusiasm for the “best hat ever”, and Keith’s remarkable talents in craftsmanship” Gary says.
The rest is history...