ABOUT US

Hi, i'm Aaron Park. Born in Melbourne, Australia, I first came to the United States in 2006 as an exchange student. Flash forward 12 years and I am now proud to call St. Louis my home. On a personal search to represent my new city with style and comfort, I found myself frustrated with the limited options; thus, Arch Apparel was born. Arch Apparel is more than a clothing brand that represents creative forces we have in our city. It has allowed people to throw on a t-shirt that reads "St. Louis" and wear it proudly as they explore all the city has to offer while traveling the world.

Photo of Aaron Park smiling. He is wearing multiple different hats on his head and holding his laptop.

Aaron Park | Owner - Manager

  • Describe yourself in 3 words: Impatient, Dreamer, Driven
  • Favourite Arch Item:Black CC Tee
  • Do any fellow employees have any weird or interesting quirks?: Meredith has a hard time wearing pants. Through the first half of Winter last year, she was still wearing Jean shorts. 
  • What’s your most frequent lunch order at work? Vitality Bowls - Dragon Bowl
  • #1 place you think someone visiting St Louis has to check out that isn’t on trip advisor?Urban Chestnut Beir Hall for Lunch. I think its such a great space.
  • What's a classic Australian food that Americans need to know about?:Fairy Bread, I want to see this at all the kids birthdays.

Kirsten Coonen | Creative Director

  • Describe yourself in 3 words: Um, wow this is awkward. Ok, I care a lot about a lot of things. So I guess I’m caring. And I suppose I am creative. AND FUN!?
  • Favorite Arch piece: I like all of our pieces! Except for the ones I don’t like. But basically everything that is on some sort of fleece or sweatshirt.
  • Do any fellow employees have any weird or interesting quirks? Everybody has interesting quirks! Firth eats like a rabbit, but louder. And Meredith only wears shorts and flip flops. Liz is overly obsessed with spray tans.
  • What’s your most frequent lunch order at work? NOODS (noodles. Or any carb, really.) Except on Tuesdays - always celebrate Taco Tuesday.
  • #1 place you think someone visiting St Louis has to check out that isn’t on trip advisor? Aaron’s
  • What inspired your love of sloths? Sloths inspired my love of them! They are inspiring all their own! So many fascinating things about them!!
Photo of our Accounts Manager, Liz Schroer

Liz Schroer | Accounts + Finance Manager

  • Describe yourself in 3 words: Positive. Fashionista. Athletic.
  • Favourite Arch Item: High Neck Tank
  • Do any fellow employees have any weird or interesting quirks? Meredith has a hard time wearing pants. Kirsten sings her sentences sometimes which makes me want to sing too, but the difference is she actually has a good voice! Meredith Orders giant meals and then says she full after one bite
  • What’s your most frequent lunch order at work? Superfood Bowl or Chic Fit a Cobb salad with Diet Lemonade!
  • #1 place you think someone visiting St Louis has to check out that isn’t on trip advisor?  Go eat some white cheese dip from any Mexican place in STL, apparently you can’t find it very easily in any other states!
  • What's your favorite exercise in the gym? Hmm, Deadlifts or Step ups on the Box!

Meredith | Retail Manager

  • Describe yourself in 3 words: Friendly, Creative, Passionate
  • Favourite Arch Item: Olive City Circle Racerback Tank, or anything olive.
  • #1 place you think someone visiting St Louis has to check out that isn’t on trip advisor? Graffiti flood walls downtown St. Louis
  • You used to live in Florida, who do you think would have a better chance against a crocodile between you or Aaron? I think I have the best chance against a crocodile because I have a pet alligator and those are basically the same thing, I can also run very fast so I can get away quicker..Sorry Aaron haha.

Firth Bidois | Content Designer + Community Outreach Co-ordinator

  • Describe yourself in 3 words: Energetic. Passionate. Hungry (for food).
  • Favourite Arch Item:It changes depending on how cold it is but the black crop hoodie with the cut out elbows was my go-to all fall and winter.
  • Do any fellow employees have any weird or interesting quirks?: Liz ALWAYS has a huge bottle filled with Mio. Everyday. All the time. Usually cherry flavor.
  • What’s your most frequent lunch order at work?I love cooking so whatever I prepped that week.
  • #1 place you think someone visiting St Louis has to check out that isn’t on trip advisor?John's Donuts on S Broadway or Wheelhouse and Start bar on Spruce Street for Sunday Brunch
  • Why did you come to the United States?I came here to play college hockey - I stayed for the square cut pizza.

Sammi Jo | Photographer

  • Describe yourself in 3 words: Umm. Cute. Help.
  • Favourite Arch Item:Any of the city circle tees! You can tie them, tuck them, crop them, they pair with everything and they’re the comfiest.
  • Do any fellow employees have any weird or interesting quirks?: Aaron & Firth have fun accents. Meredith can belt Cardi B like none other when she’s had a few cocktails.
  • What’s your most frequent lunch order at work?As of late, crazy bowls & wraps since there’s usually candy or cookies floating around it’s my last ditch effort at being healthy.
  • #1 place you think someone visiting St Louis has to check out that isn’t on trip advisor?Arch Apparel, durrrrr.
  • What's the weirdest thing Aaron has asked you to shoot for Arch?Kirsten and Aaron asked for a photo of their shoes side by side so they could post a photo and have people vote which was better, that was probably the most random thing!

 

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