23 March 2022
Quality Marine Clothing (QMC) provided crew uniforms for the local series, Below deck Down Under, which was filmed in 2021 against the dazzling backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. The show chronicled the lives of the crew members who work and reside aboard a superyacht during charter season.
Since launching in 2017, Quality Marine Clothing have been the go-to uniform supplier for leaders in the multi-billion dollar superyacht sector. Now, its international reputation is expected to catapult even further after winning a keenly contested pitch against a number of major US suppliers to outfit all talent on the latest series of Below deck.
QMC’s stable of technical and lifestyle clothing, footwear and accessories brands includes Italian label SLAM, UK labels Musto, Dubarry and Gill, Kiwi brand VMG and American brand Ogio. As part of the exclusive deal, QMC supplied the Below deck Down Under cast and crew with their full wardrobe worn on set and seen on screen. The range included polos, epaulette shirts, tees, dresses, chef’s uniform, shorts and skorts.
QMC sales director Duncan Curnow said the announcement ratifies QMC’s ambitious plans to cement its international presence that is rapidly growing beyond its core Oceania market.
“We’re very proud that, as a relatively small Australian business, we have shown that we are able to not only go head-to-head with the bigger groups, but even beat them at their own game.”
Curnow said the opportunity came about thanks to the efforts of a number of those within the Australian marine sector who had been working hard behind the scenes to bring the show to Australia for many years.
It also helped that QMC had an established working relationship with Below deck Down Under Australian Captain Jason Chambers.
“We were fortunate to receive an introduction to the production team from industry stalwart Cameron Bray from The Superyacht People, who was familiar with what we do and knew we were a perfect fit for the show and these types of boats. Great people respect others in the field who do a good job,” he said.
The news continues QMC’s recent success in securing supply contracts with a number of Australia’s largest marinas, shipyards and some of the country’s top boatbuilders.
The latest instalment of Below deck, which has previously filmed in Greece, Thailand, Tahiti, the Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands, commenced on subscription channel Hayu on 18 March, the same day it started on NBC Universal-owned streaming service Peacock TV.
Quality Marine Clothing (QMC) is a focused division of the ACME GROUP, which develops customised products for companies, brands and retailers.