It seems to be the week for start-ups here in Australia and New Zealand, and we’re certainly keen to push the little guys based in this part of the world when they’re trying to make it in what is a highly competitive global market. No sooner do we have some coffee in our running shirts earlier in the week, than I get an email talking about some new clothing that contains yak. Interesting , and as they’re after a kick-starter push, I thought it worthwhile to see what these guys are up to. So they’re not strictly making ‘tracky daks’ as we like to call them here in Australia, but the rhyme and analogy was nice 🙂
Peak to Plateau is the maker of this new type of gear with yak fibres in it. Founder, Stephan Warnaar, who’s based in New Zealand, came up with the idea after traveling for three months in Mongolia, Central Asia and the Himalayas, living with local herders and nomads, spending time working with yaks, goats and sheep.
From Yak to Daks
To make a difference in the outdoor industry and to the yak herders on the Tibetan Plateau, there’s a commitment to quality and performance as well as sustainability. Peak to Plateau don’t buy their fabrics, we make them. They purchase sustainably sourced yak fiber at a fair price, spin it into superfine yarn and knit it into their own unique fabric, before it is crafted into the final product.
By sourcing our fiber from co-operatives on the Tibetan Plateau Stephan and his team can ensure that they get only the best fiber and the yak herders can be guaranteed a fair income for that too. Sustainability, in terms of the environment, society and economy is one of the businesses’ major goals.
The first three products off the production line with this new fabric will be: