Sarah Jane Clarke has been honoured as one of the most stylish and influential women in Australia.
She has been asked to guest edit Australian Vogue, she’s appeared on the cover of Sunday Life’s “most stylish women” issue and she’s regularly profiled in the international issues of Vogue and Harper’s BAZAAR as one of Australia’s best-dressed women.
In 1999, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton began selling bespoke denim on London’s Portobello Road. Within two years, the collection expanded into seasonal ready to wear, evolving from an underground phenomena in Australia to the runways of New York and London which gained them international recognition. This was the start of the fashion label now known as Sass & Bide.
Their free-spirited aesthetic and modern edge have moulded the identity of their label and fuelled its success. The close friends positioned their label in some 200 stores around the world, secured their place on the BRW list of Australia’s richest people aged under 40. In 2011, they sold 65 per cent of Sass & Bide to Myer for $42.5 million and two years later sold the remainder of the business to the giant retailer. Sarah Jane and Heidi severed ties with the brand in 2014.
In 2009 Sass & Bide launched a one-off charity event called the Shine Initiative with Barnardos that auctioned artwork produced by celebrity friends that would benefit abused children. In 2010, the two were announced as the Australian winners of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award.
In 2010, Sarah Jane was also appointed the ambassador of Australia for UNHCR, to raise awareness of its Safe Mother & Baby campaign. She also supports countless other charity initiatives, including the Make-A-Wish campaign to raise funds and awareness to help grant wishes for seriously ill children.