MAKING a fashion statement while raising awareness of Indigenous culture and heritage is the ethos behind Gunditjmara woman Laura Thompson's iconic and highly-respected label Clothing The Gap.
The brand raises awareness about Indigenous issues including Black Lives Matter, Free the Flag and Change the Date movements and its profits support one of Ms Thompson's other businesses Spark Health.
Listen to our conversation with Laura Thompson:
"We were lucky enough to do what we love doing most and that was engaging Aboriginal community in and around Victoria at the grassroots level and involving them in their communities," she said.
"We'd always use merchandise as incentives for participation in our program so if you hung out with us, you got this really cool singlet we designed to incentivise participation that reinforced Aboriginal cultural identity and pride.
"We decided because we're in business let's put that leftover merch online. We created a brand called Spark Merch and that was the very seed that launched what is now Clothing the Gap."
November 8-15 marks NAIDOC Week; which celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Have you signed up to The Standard's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in the south-west.
Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.