It’s NAIDOC week, and we’re supporting our favourite Aboriginal-owned businesses. These companies are proudly sharing their designs with the world, engaging in ethical manufacturing and are ally friendly.
The team at Clothing the Gap put it best, ‘When non-Indigenous people purchase Aboriginal designed fashion from an Aboriginal owned business, Aboriginal people feel heard and supported”. So put your money where your mouth is this NAIDOC week (and every week) and support Aboriginal brands.
Famous for their colourful and loud acrylic jewellery pieces by Wiradjuri designer Kristy Dickinson. Haus of Dizzy is a beautiful mixture of inclusivity, mob pride and glitter. Bearing messages ranging from ‘White Australia Has a Black History’ to combination pride and aboriginal flag earrings, these pieces are loud and gloriously proud!
I will immediately fall in love with any company that calls a lookbook ‘Footscray Winter’ and Gammin Threads does not disappoint. As creator Tahnee puts it, Gammin Threads is ‘for people who believe in living colourfully, paying respect and empowering women’.
A proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung & Mutti Mutti nations, Tahnee works on Gammin Threads as a side hustle. With some amazing new apparel coming soon, and adorable designs, it’s almost too easy to snap up a cute tee or two.
The Minority Co. is a young brand with a powerful impact. Inspired to action by the death of George Floyd and the images of racism and police brutality, Indya Hayes started posting minimalist jumper designs and educational videos online. Within months one of her designs was on the cover of GQ Australia.
Indya’s designs are a powerful combination of sincere messages, simple symbols and minimalist design. With a range of t-shirts launching soon now is the time to buy from this young and passionate label.
By now any AFL or Women’s Cricket fan will have seen the ‘Free the Flag’ t-shirts, highlighting that the aboriginal flag is the only official flag in the world that is privately owned and has to be licensed for use. Clothing the Gap have been incredible in their activism around this topic, working with partners to get the message out there.
Not only are they fierce activists, but the team behind Clothing the Gap produce some of my favourite designs, with clear messages and excellent quality they are my favourite shirts for starting discussions around Aboriginal issues. Also, snag a Power shirt while you can, you wont regret it!
Bábbarra Women’s Centre is a collective of women who have come together to share their ideas and to create the social enterprise, Bábbarra Designs. These stunning fabric designs and artisan items are available through their online store, via notable collaborations with companies like Kip & Co or hanging in exhibitions across the globe.
A favourite brand of our editor, MJ, MAARA Collective produces stunning resort wear through collaborations with Indigenous artists and creatives. Julie Shaw, noted as one of the most influential people in Australian fashion, is the Creative Director behind MAARA Collective; a brand founded to showcase and celebrate Indigenous art and fashion.
MAARA Collective works with the Buy1Give1 program to support digital training and education in remote Aboriginal communities, so you can make a cheeky purchase or two and double your impact.
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