Joram and Cameron first met in 2006 whilst surfing at Maroubra beach, sharing a waterborne friendship for six months before their first conversation on land.
Soon enough, and now out of their wetsuits, Cameron helped Joram land a job at a Sydney design studio working with him on well known international fashion brands.
It was during this time they witnessed first hand, how many global brands are run – a lack of transparency, a projected facade of care, and a cold association to their products. After two years they needed to escape.
Taking a risk, they packed everything up, shot down the coast and rented a miners cottage with a tin shed out the back. They had one intention: to start making items with real integrity.
Fascinated by 19th Century European leather artisans and their traditional disciplines, they took up leatherwork. For three years they spent their days learning and understanding leather craftmanship, investing every cent from their night work to support themselves and their ambition.
In 2013, they nervously released a small range at a local market. They were met with a positive response and a handful of sales. Urged on by their local customers, they refined their collection and in 2014, Paterson Salisbury was established.
Today Cameron and Joram continue to make every Paterson Salisbury item from their new workshop nestled at the foothills of the Illawarra Escarpment New South Wales, selling across Australia and throughout the world. If you're in the neighbourhood, drop by, say hello, and watch the work unfold!