A big thank you to designer Bianca Spender, Kate Bielenberg (Cue), Melinda Tually (Ndless) and Angela Bell (ECA) for taking part in an engaging conversation on ethical practice and local manufacturing at our Sydney Afternoon Session earlier this week! For those who couldn't make it along to the session, here is a quick recap...
Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s fashion and beauty sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.
Applications are now open for the Standards Australia Young Leaders Program 2018/19! The program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government.
In collaboration with McKinsey & Company, we were delighted to last week host an industry leaders’ reception to launch The State of Fashion 2018 report in Australia. Joined by MC Clare Press, Sustainability Editor-at-Large at Vogue Australia, and guest speaker Jack Calhoun, Senior Adviser at McKinsey & Company, the evening saw Jack share key insights on the trends shaping the global fashion industry in 2018, as well as how the Australian industry stacks up.
There’s a lot of buzz around the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) Review and if you run a business in Australia, you need to know about it! Whether you work with customers, businesses, provide services or sell goods, it's important to know your rights and obligations and how the consumer laws affect your business.
Following intense rounds of preliminary judging, the 30 semi-finalists for the Redress Design Award 2018 have been unveiled. Organised by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, this year’s competition has been the toughest cycle yet since the launch of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition in 2011. Reviewing a record number of applications from 56 regions, the expert judging panels scored the applicants based on creativity, originality, sustainability and market viability in order to cut hundreds of ambitious young sustainable designers down to just 30, including 1 Australian designer; Tess Whitfort from Boxhill Institute!
Today marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013. To commemorate this, the global movement Fashion Revolution Week, encourages millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain…
Image | by photographer and activist Taslima Akhter, returning four years on to tell the Survivors’ Stories of the Rana Plaza collapse. See the story over at fashionrevolution.org⠀
Enrolments are now open for Fashion Equipped's third intake of their online programme for fashion start-ups and emerging business.Fashion Equipped are offering an exclusive $500 discount to AFC Members, valid till April 20th 2018. Simply email email@example.com to receive your discount code!
Lane Crawford has launched an Australian edition of their Creative Call Out initiative!
The eighth edition of the innovative initiative, which aims to identify and nurture new brands, designers and artistic talent, will mark the first time Creative Call Out will take place in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, reaffirming the nation’s growing status as a global treasure chest for fashion, design and creative industries.
The Australian callout closely follows the recent successful Creative Callout in Los Angeles held in January 2018 – the first to be held outside of Hong Kong and China. The nation wide Creative Call Out project is part of Lane Crawford’s drive to revolutionise its buying model by creating a platform to discover creative talents.
The initiative will see Lane Crawford’s buying team travelling to Sydney to connect directly with designers and brands who do not show or present their collections in traditional design markets, showrooms, and international fashion weeks; along with other creatives, from photographers and stylists, to writers and multimedia content creators.
As well as hosting a physical event in Sydney, Lane Crawford has launched a Creative Call Out Digital Platform through which designers and creative talents can submit and share their work with its expert buying and creative teams. Successful applicants receive professional support and advice, including the opportunity to have their designs stocked at Lane Crawford, both in-store and online.
The Australian judge selection will be announced in May 2018.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 2ND
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and contemporary ideas on fashion and architecture.The first SCCI Fashion Hub takes place from 5 to 21 April 2018 — tickets and information available from www.scci.org.au.
We'll be hosting an AFC Stand at this year's Melbourne Retail Festival, from Wednesday 28th - Thursday 29th, at The Australian Events Centre. The premium fashion trade event will host 150+ fashion, accessory and footwear brands showcasing their latest collections, along with a free series of retail business workshops and seminars.
Come by Stands 3-6, have a chat to the AFC team about our programs and get to know a handful of our incredible members that will be joining us, including; Artisans of Fashion, Sample Room, Dean World Cargo, Full Circle Fibres, Fashion Equipped, Ethical Sourcing Agency, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) and SURFACE 1°22!
Australian Fashion brands are now being recognised internationally and it seems the time is right to take advantage of the originality and quality of the design talent in this country. AFC Member Dean World Cargo recognise the need for a co-ordinated approach to exporting and providing an end-to-end solution for fashion and lifestyle exporters, particularly in the small to medium sector.