Clothing The Gaps is a fresh and dynamic fashion label managed by health professionals that celebrates Aboriginal people and culture. We were recognised for our excellence at the 2020 Dreamtime Awards and was awarded 'Business of the year'.
Clothing The Gaps 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 make our clothes with our mob in our heart and everyone in mind. We label our clothes Ally Friendly and Mob Only because everyone was asking “Can I wear that?”.
We produce merch with a meaning and encourage people to wear their values on their tee. We influence and unite people through fashion and causes so that Aboriginal people and Communities can thrive.
Clothing The Gaps is a Victorian Aboriginal led and controlled, and majority Aboriginal owned social enterprise, co-founded by Laura Thompson (Gunditjmara) and Sarah Sheridan (non-Indigenous).
As a social enterprise we are profit for purpose and are registered with Social Traders. We use business as a vehicle to self-determine our future through profit, efforts and resources supporting and helping to fund the impactful work of the Clothing The Gaps Foundation. We are proud that our social enterprise through our retail and distribution space is a hub of Indigenous employment. Eighty-one percent (81%) of our staff members are mob . We strive to be a preferred employer for Aboriginal and Torres Strait people actively supporting them to grow and pursue their life goals and ambitions. In 2020-2021 financial year we created over 9000 hours of employment for mob. We can't wait to see this number grow!
We became a certified B Corporation Australia in March 2022 with our first accreditation score of 123.9
Clothing The Gaps is a Member & Signatory of the Indigenous Art Code.
We become a member and signatory of Indigenous Art Code in Nov 2023 when we did our first art licensing agreement with Norm Yackaduna (Kwat Kwat, Moira & Wurundjeri) for use on the Sovereignty Never Ceded Puzzle.
This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.