Meet the Australian Fashion Label That's Quietly Succeeding

Amanda Stavropoulos

In honour of Hillary Kerr and Katherine Power’s new book, The Career Code: Must-Know Rules for a Strategic, Stylish, and Self-Made Career ($22), we’re kicking off an interview series featuring 17 questions (in honour of the book’s 17 chapters) about the work lives of the most inspirational female leaders in the fashion industry. So far, we’ve tapped Rebecca MinkoffSally SingerRachel Zoe, and more. Up next? The women behind new Australian label ArisJemima Law and Lawren Lee.

There's nothing we love much more than a designer success story, and for new Australian label Aris, we're predicting big things. This year, childhood friends Jemima Law and Lawren Lee quit their safe corporate jobs to pursue their collective creative dream, explaining: "while we were in high school we were already making plans to start a fashion label, but somehow we ended up in the rat-race instead. More than a decade later, we’ve finally accomplished it."

While working in their respective corporate roles, both Law and Lee discovered a lack of affordable, classic work wear, that still felt fashion forward. So what did they do? Set out to bridge the gap. The co-founders have created a line that's resonating with young professionals all over the country. Think sleek blazers, white shirting (with a subtle flare sleeve detail), cross-over dresses, and structured culottes.

We sat down with the duo, to discover their best career tips. Keep scrolling then shop Aris if you're on the hunt for stylish new workwear.

Opening image: Dave Wheeler for Aris

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