Clothing The Gap is a Victorian Aboriginal owned and led social enterprise. We are a fresh and dynamic fashion label managed by health professionals that celebrates Aboriginal people and culture.
Clothing The Gap is a play on the words "Closing the Gap", which is an Australian Government health initiative to help close the life expectancy gap between Aboriginal people and non-Indigenous Australians.
We are self-determining our futures and you can help us 'clothe the gap'.
Clothing The Gap unites non-Indigenous and Aboriginal people through fashion and causes, one of which is to help Close the Gap.
How are we doing this? 100% of profits actively support Aboriginal health promotion and education programs throughout Victoria. We are currently backing Spark Health Australia.
Our growing brand looks and sounds a lot bigger than we actually are!! Our Clothing the Gap family consists of four Aboriginal and Non-Indigenous women living in Melbourne!
Photo: (L-R) Laura Thompson, Gunditjmara woman - Managing Director, Sianna Catullo, Narungga woman - Chief Creative Officer, Lena Charles, Yorta Yorta - Senior Project Lead and Sarah Sheridan, Non-Indigenous woman -Director of Operations.
Why We Exist?
- To use business as a vehicle, generate our own income and self-determine our own future.
- To celebrate Aboriginal and First Nations people's excellence.
- An opportunity for Aboriginal people to celebrate their identity and pride through clothing.
- To provide a safe space for Aboriginal people on social media platforms.
- To represent and promote positive role models and influences in this space and privilege Aboriginal voices.
- To see more Aboriginal design in the world and increase the visibility of Aboriginal people.
- An opportunity to educate and start conversations with the wider Australian population about causes or issues affecting Aboriginal Australia.
- To promote reconciliation and welcome Non-Indigenous people to learn about, celebrate and support Aboriginal Australia.