We believe that what you wear has a direct impact on the way you feel and your well being which has a profound impact on every aspect of your life.
As an Australian and New York-based brand we had been operating through the traditional fashion lifecycle and although our love for clothing and design remained true, we felt a growing sense of uneasiness around the way the fashion industry was set up. The lack of transparency; the outsourcing of production and ethics; the alienation of women; the environmental trauma and never ending oversupply and waste. It all seemed rigged and unavoidable. We put the label on hold in 2012.
Here are the values we present to you as a modern womenswear brand.
A New Approach
We now release well considered collections in what we creatively call “releases”, which are unveiled every 8-10 weeks.
We don’t hold excessive amounts of inventory and we never go on sale. We believe in creating a new form of long tail for fashion. For those who like precision, we have a showroom in Melbourne and host trunk shows in every city in Australia as well as LA and New York. We take the time to take your measurements and get to know you and the wardrobe you are building. Register your details and join the waiting list here.
Know that you look good without making anyone else feel bad.
We take our supply chain seriously and won’t outsource our ethics or your confidence in our standards.
Respect for the women who wear our garments. Respect for the people who make the garments. Respect for the environment and sustainable practices. Respect for design, which ensures meaning and longevity in the lives and wardrobes of the women who wear our clothes.
Quality is not just a slogan to us, but something that is well made, with precision, integrity and consideration. Our team of women take the time to create the perfect, long-lasting garment. This includes the choice of the highest quality and the most sustainable fibres, the weight of each fabric and the actual time taken to construct a piece of clothing that can survive beyond one season in every way.
Why does it matter? We want you to build a long-term relationship with your clothes, not a short term fling.
As part of our commitment, we source fabrics and fibres based on their transparency and sustainability, with the lowest possible environmental and human impact. This includes organic cotton and linen, bamboo, tencel, hemp, wool and silk. We avoid using synthetic fabrics made from petroleum and non-biodegradable materials. We challenge industry standards by continually seeking out and developing the best possible practices from seed to garment. We’ll always ensure you know exactly what goes into your clothing, where it’s from, who makes it and its impact.
With a female designer at our helm, we bring our intuitive and lived experience to designing clothes for women’s bodies and lives. Our first-hand intimacy is translated into the garments.
Creative director Jade Sarita Arnott founded the label in 2006. After graduating with a Bachelor of Creative Arts from The Victorian College of the Arts, Jade went on to complete a Bachelor of Fashion Design at RMIT in Melbourne.
Arnsdorf was founded on the basis of Jade's multifaceted creative vision. She released highly acclaimed seasonal collections in Australia and New York up until 2012. She later studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, and studied Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York before returning to Australia in 2015.
Gemma Cahill is our head of production and sample machinist. She developed a passion for sewing at a young age, and continued to hone her skills, graduating from a Bachelor of Fashion Design (Hons) from RMIT in 2015.
Brigit Ryan is our showroom coordinator and communications manager.
Peta Kelsey is our pattern maker and has over 30 years' experience.
Annie Chang and Thi Nguyen are our lovely production machinists. They are the newest members of our team, we enjoying getting to know them and the expertise and skills they bring with them.
We are currently seeking like-minded people to join the journey. Contact us to find out more.