Thanks for taking an interest in Lark!
I created Lark in 2005, giving up a job in publishing to create a small business that would allow me to pursue my interests in crafting, collecting and shopping. The first products were all handmade by me using thrifted materials. Before long my designs were being stocked in some cool London stores - eek!
The following year I moved with my young family from the UK to Daylesford, Country Victoria, near to my husband’s hometown. Together, Paul and I hatched a plan to create a new retail store in Australia inspired by the colourful, quirky appeal of our favourite stores in London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, yet with a nostalgic Australian aesthetic that came about from our new life in a small country town.
The Lark online store was launched in 2007, and in 2009 we opened a shop in Daylesford. Our little shop quickly became a mecca for Lark lovers across Australia, and it has featured in many design magazines and blogs around the world, including Vogue, Mollie Makes, Real Living, Frankie and the Design Files.
In 2011 we launched a party store within our website, and event styling supplies are now a key part of our range. 2013 saw the launch of Mr. Lark, our collection for men and older boys, making it easy for ladies to find gifts that they'll love!
In 2012 we moved into a new HQ in Ballarat, from where our amazing team runs our busy online store. We work really hard to offer great service, unique products and good value to our customers.
In September 2013 our retail store moved to Fitzroy, Melbourne for a 6 month urban pop-up. In 2014 we opened at our new, permanent store in Armstrong St, Ballarat.
Since Lark's inception we have worked closely with non-profit and social enterprises, and we have recently become a fundraiser for the Australian Red Cross through our stores.
Today Lark is well-known for its broad and ever-changing collection of design-led gift and home products. Our designers range from small local makers through to iconic brands like Kate Spade New York and Rice. Every product is obsessively sourced by me, on my daily search to find fresh new goodies for our customers to get excited about!
The next year will see some very exciting developments come to fruition at Lark, and I look forward to sharing these with you.
Happy, colourful shopping!