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Fashioning the Future: Fashion and Sustainability Panel

Fashioning the Future: Fashion and Sustainability Panel

 Join us as we discuss the challenges and the future of sustainable fashion. 

CLICK HERE to reserve tickets.

Presented by Arnsdorf, this panel explores the need for a transparent approach to fashion design, retail and manufacturing. 

Arnsdorf's founder and creative director, Jade Sarita Arnott, will be joined by a panel of speakers who traverse Australia's fashion landscape.

It's a great time to be a part of the fashion industry, as it is prepared like never before to support sustainable business practices. In the past the high cost and low margins of wholesaling to retailers, customer mistrust of online sales, a focus on fast fashion, and the high costs of sustainable and ethical production have made sustainability almost an impossibility for labels. Until now.

There is a growing social interest in the impact of everything we consume. People are asking about supply chains, they want to be educated about how their clothes – and everything they buy – gets to them. These conditions have meant that many businesses are now able to maintain truly sustainable and ethical practices. This is not without its challenges, though, as the costs of sustainable processes are still high, and there are always advancements and improvements that can be made.

We want sustainable products to continue to improve, to be accessible and to become the norm in fashion. We are playing a small part in a big movement, but we feel that every small contribution can contribute to this change. The more people that join us, the easier, more affordable and accessible sustainable fashion will become.

This is a free event, right in the middle of Sydney Fashion Week, so places are strictly limited. Please RSVP to secure your place.

Location: General Assembly, 1 Market St, Sydney

Date: Thursday 17th May 6pm - 8pm

Book Your Tickets HERE

Get to know our panelists!

Mediator: Alexandra Spring, Editor of Sustainable Business, The Guardian

Alexandra Spring is the editorial partnerships and sustainable business editor at Guardian Australia. During her time at the Guardian, she has written on fashion, lifestyle, arts and sustainability. Before that, she worked at Vogue Australia, first as the beauty director and then as the features director. She has also written for Vogue UK, Porter, GQ, Sunday Life, Elle Australia and more. 

Jade Sarita Arnott, Creative Director and Founder of Arnsdorf

 Jade Sarita Arnott is the creative director and founder of Arnsdorf, a modern fashion brand for women of style and purpose. Arnsdorf was re-launched in 2017 with a focus on transparent design, working to bring about a new level of accountability to the industry. Arnsdorf is produced locally in its own factory in Collingwood and has just opened its first retail store in Fitzroy. The brand is built on transparency, revealing every element of its process, from the names of the women who sew each garment to the exact price of each trim and fabric. Prior to the brand’s relaunch in 2017, Jade was located in New York, showing annually at Sydney Fashion Week as well as showing her collections in Paris and New York and was stocked in over fifty stores globally. She gave it all up in 2012 in response to the state of the industry but returned last year with a new approach to design and transparency.

Courtney Sanders, Co-Founder of Well Made Clothing

Courtney Sanders is the co-founder of Well Made Clothes, a digital marketplace which provides information about, and the ability to shop, fashion labels that meet specific ethical values, which all kicked off when Courtney won an Innovations in Journalism grant from the Walkley Foundation sponsored by Google. Courtney comes from a digital content background, and before Well Made Clothes was the editorial director at Catalogue, and the editor at New Zealand's largest alternative music website, UnderTheRadar. Courtney is passionate about the power of culture, particularly fashion, to effect positive social and environmental change, particularly for the women who make and wear clothes. Courtney is also passionate about coffee. Coffee is very important.

Angela Bell, National Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia

Angela Bell is the National Manager at Ethical Clothing Australia, commonly known as ECA®. Angela oversees a small team that works closely with clothing brands and manufacturers and the Textile, Clothing Footwear Union of Australia. Angela started her career as a cadet journalist and since her first job, she has loved nothing more than being given a task and a deadline. She has worked in media and communications for a Minister in Queensland, the Australian Services Union, and the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.

Before joining ECA® Angela worked in the private sector, for a law firm, overseeing the media and communications functions and social responsibility programs across Australia and the United Kingdom. She values the role of business and being able to do good at the same time. Angela holds a bachelor of media and communications and a post-graduate certificate in Social Impact from Melbourne Business School.

Outside of the office, Angela has always found it important to be a part of the community where she lives and she has been a member and volunteer of many organisations.

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A letter from our designer, Jade Sarita Arnott.

A letter from our designer, Jade Sarita Arnott.

To our community of women,

The Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, which claimed 1,138 lives and injured 2500 more due to unsafe working conditions had a big impact on me personally. It happened 5 years ago today when I was living in New York and still during my time away from the industry. The devastation of the tragedy and enormity of it sent shockwaves across the globe. It was at that moment I decided if I was ever to be part of the industry I had walked away from it would mean I would need to have full transparency and control over the working conditions of the people involved in making my designs. From this realisation came the foundations of what would be the relaunch of Arnsdorf, in which we decided we would not outsource our ethics, but instead bring the manufacturing process in-house. We decided not only to show you ‘who made your clothes’ during Fashion Revolution week (which is such an incredible initiative that we are proud to be a part of) but to always provide you with this information for each and every garment we make. We also decided to provide you with full transparency of the labor and material costs for each garment as well as the entire supply chain, including where our materials are sourced from. A year ago we were working on the samples for the first release collection. The team consisted of myself and Gemma Cahill, who I employed 2 days a week to sew the samples in our tiny garage studio in Keele St, Collingwood. We had one industrial straight stitch, a cover stitch machine, buttonhole machine and overlocker machine. I did all the cutting by hand while Gemma sewed the pieces together as we listened to endless podcasts. One year on Gemma and I both work 5 days a week in the factory which is now 4 times the size and in Easey Street, Collingwood. Gemma is now our Production Manager and we are joined by our fellow team of machinists Annie, Thi and Thi Ca and will soon include an in-house cutter. We now have 4 straight stitch machines and a keyhole button machine and an industrial sized cutting table and electric cutter.

Although we have grown considerably in the last year we remain a tight knit team. We enjoy each other's company and share knowledge on a professional level, as well as snippets of our personal lives. I feel so honoured and grateful to know and work alongside these incredible women daily. Together we are part of this fashion revolution that is beginning throughout the world. We are at a turning point in history, where each of us individually as well as collectively are deciding what type of world we want to live in. Is a $5 t-shirt more important than the safety of the lives of those who are working to produce it? In Bangladesh garment workers are paid as little as 43 cents an hour for 12-14 hour days, 7 days a week. In our factory in Melbourne, our machinists receive above the award and the same wages as other skilled workers in Australia. I want to thank you for all of your support over this last year of our relaunch. It is because of your ongoing support that we can provide our workers with a safe and happy environment in which they are respected and appreciated while doing meaningful work. They are part of the bigger vision of transforming this industry and preserving the craftsmanship and skills of this art. Thank you for valuing the quality and care in which we create each one of your products. We are in the final stages of our Ethical Textiles Clothing Australia certification, and look forward to what the next year holds.


Jade Sarita Arnott

Arnsdorf founder and designer

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We're excited to announce that our new denim collection has arrived, and it's our best fitting and most environmentally friendly range yet!

We've taken our time to re-launch Arnsdorf Denim, which has been well loved for its classic styles, flattering fits and colours, and high quality.  

This season we have developed our own low-impact, high quality denim fabric. Combining traditional techniques with modern technology, we created our 100% cotton denim fabric with a mill in Pakistan, whose production focusses on reduced water use and energy consumption. Our indigo and blue styles use organic cotton with a chemical-free natural indigo pigment, and our chalk styles are made from a low impact Japanese denim. We don't add stretch to our denim, which means that the weighty fabric will mould to your body as you wear it, and won't lose its shape or tear easily. These are jeans to live in, and will last many years. 

To find our best ever fit, we have sampled and re-sampled, and have produced a small collection of jeans, skirts, dresses and jackets. These have all been produced in a woman-run Melbourne factory, in very limited quantities. 

We offer free hemming, which you can organise in store or contact us at

Shop Denim Here

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Arnsdorf at VAMFF

Arnsdorf at VAMFF

We're excited to be taking part in the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. We're presenting an entirely new collection and speaking at a range of sessions about Arnsdorf and the work we are doing in fashion, technology and sustainability.

Hear our designer, Jade Sarita Arnott as she joins  the GFX Sustainability Panel at The Fashion Start-Up Lounge on March 1. She'll be discussing how Arnsdorf is innovating in technology and sustainability. Book your tickets here

We're presenting our new collection on March 6 at the Elle Australia Runway. 
To be among the first to see what's coming next, purchase your tickets here

On Tuesday, March 6, we'll also be a part of the International Designer Showcase. Click here for tickets and more information.

Our head of production, Gemma Cahill will be talking sustainable manufacturing and design in the Sustainability in Design panel on March 8. Gemma will be in conversation with Vanessa Katsanevakis from Sussex Taps, Ross Gardam and Holly Ryan. Find more information and tickets here.

We will also be taking part in You Can't Do That, an exhibition at Melbourne Museum showcasing rule-benders and breakers in Australian fashion. Click here for more information. 

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We're Open!

We're Open!

Last week we held the official store launch for Arnsdorf's first boutique. Thanks to all of our wonderful customers and supporters for making our store opening a success! We had a great time sharing a glass of sparkling wine with you all, talking shop and catching up with old and new friends alike. We feel so honoured to have such a down to earth, caring and stylish community to share our vision with. We're consistently amazed by how many of you care about making a difference in the fashion world, and are excited to have a place to meet, fit and style you, and to show you just how good our clothes are in person!

If you would like to see the store, come down to 229 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. We're open every day!

x All of the women at Arnsdorf

Photos by Cinelixir



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Melbourne Fashion Week Garage Runway

Melbourne Fashion Week Garage Runway

Arnsdorf is excited to be part of this year's Melbourne Fashion Week Garage Runway. We'll be presenting Arnsdorf's re-launch collection as well as our latest release alongside our friends Dress-Up, Kalaurie, Kloke, Louis Hazel, Pageant and Verner

The event is available to the public and you can book tickets at the Melbourne Fashion Week website.

In addition we will be accepting bookings for appointments to view and try on the collection in person. You can REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT but places are strictly limited.

You can browse some of the items that will be featured as part of the show by FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

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