Sandy Buckle and his son Alick Buckle started what is now known today as Buckle | 1922.
The business was officially named “A. Buckle & Son” in anticipation of Alick and his wife expecting a son, and in 1926, Alick’s family was blessed with a baby girl whom they named Peggy.
The business was registered as a company, with the name “A. Buckle & Son” sticking, even though there was no son. Alick Buckle was already successful in his own right and well regarded in the local community, holding title of mayor of Mosman (Sydney’s north shore) during this time. Alick officially opened the Bathers Pavilion, an iconic building located on Sydney’s Balmoral Beach and he was also involved in the beautification project of this area during this reign. In addition, he named the island that is positioned in front of Bathers Pavilion, “Peggy’s Island” after his daughter. Plaques commemorating his achievements are dotted around the Mosman region.
Alick Buckle passed away leaving the business to Peggy, her husband Rex Morris and their children, Jacquie and Paul. It was only a matter of time before Jacquie and Paul started to work within the family business.
A. Buckle & Son had been duly elected a full member of the Chamber of Manufacturers of NSW. It was also around this time that the factory moved from Surry Hills to Summer Hill, in Sydney’s inner west.
Peggy alongside her daughter Jacquie established Ecclisse – a successful women’s brand consisting of clothing, jewellery and accessories. The brand made regular appearances in Harpers Bazaar and Marie Claire and is ranged in Myer and David Jones.
The company launched a new menswear brand called Smith Street. The brand made regular appearances in publications such as Cleo, Cosmo, NW!, Bride To Be, Woman’s Day and the Daily Telegraph’s Gift Guides. The range was designed locally and aimed to put a twist on the traditional menswear offerings.
Buckle celebrated 90 years of business.
Buckle was acquired by Heritage Accessories Pty Ltd via a management buy out. The company went through a major rebranding exercise, where all accessories, including women’s categories, now fall under the Buckle | 1922 or The Australian Accessories Co. banner. Shortly after, the business relocated to Stanmore, in Sydney’s inner west.
The business is directed by Melissa Gibson and Warren Sanders and employs more than 25 staff to service over 1200 retailers across Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world.