12 Indigenous-owned businesses to discover during NAIDOC Week 2021
From swimwear to jewellery, here's how you can keep your look stylish and support Indigenous creators.
Held annually in July, NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for all people of Australia to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
If you're looking to get involved, we've rounded up 12 Indigenous-owned and operated businesses below that you'll want to support now and always.
1. Deadly Denim
Using vintage and second-hand denim and fabrics to create its designs, Deadly Denim offers seriously cool street style pieces with a socially conscious edge.
The brand is also passionate about closing the gap on maternal health outcomes and it partners with the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people looking to become midwives.
Melbourne-born label Gammin Threads creates a range of "chillwear" designed to empower women.
The creative outlet of Tahnee Edwards, a proud descendant of the Yorta Yorta, Taungurung, Boonwurrung and Mutti Mutti nations, the label is all about typography, living colourfully and blak pride.
Quirky Indigenous brand Haus of Dizzy is based on the philosophy that "Life's too short to wear boring jewellery."
Offering up bold earrings, chokers and more, the brand also takes a stand on important issues, with messages like "Stop Violence Against Women" and "Always Was, Always Will Be" featuring on many of its designs.
Vegan, cruelty-free and ethically sourced, Lowanna Natural Skin Care is a label you're going to want to add to your beauty cupboard.
The brand offers up a range of products including exfoliating masks, moisturisers, cleansers and eye creams, all of which feature native Australian ingredients.
Independent not-for-profit Magabala Books celebrates and publishes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, artists and illustrators from all over Australia.
Whether you're looking for children's picture books, YA, graphic novels or poetry, you'll find plenty of great titles to immerse yourself in here.
6. Liandra Swim
If it's time to update your swimwear, you might want to consider investing in a piece from exclusive Australian swimwear store Liandra Swim.
The label aims to change the way Indigenous Australian women are viewed and celebrated by naming each of its designs after an Indigenous woman to help tell their stories.
The brand is also eco-conscious and ethically minded, crafting its pieces from regenerated plastic and shipping them in biodegradable packaging.
Combining fashion and activism, Ginny's Girl Gang offers a range of stylish streetwear created by proud Gamilaroi woman Ginny.
Inspired by her three nieces, the label is all about culture, positivity and respect, along with trendy and creative clothing.
If you're in the market for some new activewear, look no further than Faebella.
The designer brand works to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks into its clothing, making for some truly stunning pieces.
Located on the Sunshine Coast, family-run business Juddarnje specialises in chemical-free skincare.
Drawing inspiration from the family's Indigenous background, the brand uses a combination of Australian bush botanicals and other natural ingredients to create face, body and baby products, along with a range of soaps.
10. Gillawarra Arts
Based on the mid-north coast of NSW, creative arts business Gillawarra Arts specialises in jewellery and art hand made by Aboriginal women.
Pick up a unique selection of artwork, earrings, necklaces and more from the online store or book into a weaving, jewellery or lino printing workshop to try making something of your own.
11. Indii Swimwear
Specialising in swimwear inspired by the ocean and coastline, Indii Swimwear is a label for women and girls with a love for the water and the Australian outdoors.
12. Clothing The Gap
Managed by health professionals, dynamic fashion label and enterprise Clothing The Gap is aimed at closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
100% of the profits raised by the label go to supporting Aboriginal health promotion and education programs throughout Victoria, giving you plenty of incentive to check out the available collections.
If you're looking for more brands to support, you can also check out our guide on where to buy face masks that support Indigenous Australian communities.