We’re Kip and Marleigh Sayers. We’ve been developing our vision of modern, distinctive, functional sun protective clothing since we took a year-long road trip around Australia way back in 2012. We spent time exploring on land and sea to discover the very best adventures that this big, beautiful country of ours had to offer (FYI, soooo much!!).
We got tired of not being able to find what we were looking for in conventional ‘outdoorsy stores’, so we decided to do something about it. We set about the task of creating a memorable brand with functional, fashionable solutions to a very common problem.
In 2013, came Fish King, our menswear line. By 2019, not only had we expanded our brood to include two boisterous, adventurous, curious, loveable little boys, but also our product line to include childrenswear and an entirely new women’s brand – MALi Designs (because why should the boys be having all the fun?!).
The latest step in our journey? We’re bringing it all together under one banner – Outdoor Clothing Australia. There is so much more to come from us and we’re delighted to have you along for the journey!
“We LOVE the time we spend outside as a family. Whether it’s paddle boarding, fishing, or simply heading out to the local park, it’s comforting to know we can tackle any adventure and be confident we are all being protected from the harsh Aussie sun.
It doesn’t hurt that they are lovely shirts, either!”
Marleigh Sayers |Co Founder, Outdoor Clothing Australia
Along our travels, and our time in business, we have met many people wearing the battle scars of a life lived outdoors without the proper protection. We have met too many people who have grieved the loss of a loved one to melanoma, and at more than 2,000 Aussies of an almost-entirely preventable disease, we wanted to do our bit.
Did you know, every year in Australia*:
• Skin cancers account for around 80% of all newly diagnosed cancers
• The majority of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
• GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
• The incidence of skin cancer is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.
(*Source: The Cancer Council of Australia)
These are sobering statistics, especially when you consider there are plenty of strategies available to keep you and your loved ones safe. Simply following the 5 steps to sun smarty goodness will be a huge help in preventing a very scary illness from affecting you, or somebody close to you. Remember:
• Slip • Slop • Slap • Seek • Slide