“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 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, Queensland and arranged a visit to the US. The rest is history.
“It was a combination, I think, of my enthusiasm for the “best hat ever”, and Keith’s remarkable talents…” Gary says.