The Ark | Australian, Ethically Made Womenswear

Location

Australia

Price

$$

Values

  • Artisan Artisan
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Made Locally Made Locally
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Repurpose Repurpose
  • Transparent Transparent

Australian designed. Australian made. Australian owned. Accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Exquisite clothes. Six stores in Victoria, one in South Australia, and one in New South Wales. Available online with international shipping. Have we got your attention yet?

The company we’re banging on about is The Ark Clothing Co. The Ark Clothing Co. is a Melbourne-based business that employs local women to bring their designs to life, all in an ethical and sustainable way. The small runs the company puts out not only ensures a sustainable means of production, but also adds a uniqueness to each item made in that limited batch. So what does this mean? It means that the time of worrying whether someone else will be wearing the same thing as you to that work function has finally come to an end!

Although The Ark Clothing Co. is constantly improving upon their processes, even ackowledging that there is always more work to be done, we have to commend them. Their signature whisper dyed fabric (which dyes materials with air rather than water) is just one of the many ways in which they are attempting to make their carbon footprint as minimal as possible, and their close relationships with both domestic and global suppliers and manufacturers are ensuring they all continue to grow in an authentic, maintainable way.

What’s more is team at The Ark Clothing Co. is completely committed to empowering the women who purchase their carefully and consciously crafted clothing—The Ark Clothing Co. holds signature styling workshops to empower women through their own personal style, and also to teach them how to approach this in a sustainable way. Beyond this, the Behind The Seams section on the website gets super personal and delves into everything from what The Ark team members are reading and listening to, to the road trips that have touched their souls.

The Ark Clothing Co. basically embodies everything we could ask for in a clothing company: the team operates with ethical and sustainable practices, as well as transparent processes, and they craft beautiful, timeless pieces of clothing that are designed to be worn time and time again. Do yourself a favour and have a scroll through their informative, aesthetically pleasing website, and challenge yourself to find something you’ve seen one of your colleagues wear before—we dare you!

Want to know where The Ark sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Want to know more about the founder’s journey?
Read our interview.

“ Creativity is about being curious and discovering better ways to do things…there are new fabrics being developed all the time by innovative textile makers and we’re looking at how we can embrace these and be more sustainable in this area”.

Lyn McPherson