THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION INDUSTRY IS COMING TOGETHER.
AFC AND CTF TO MERGE
In a sign that Australia’s fashion and textile community is united and working collaboratively, the two premier industry bodies, the Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC) and the Council for Textile and Fashion (CTF), on Wednesday 18th October 2017, announced their intention to merge.
The two entities made the announcement during a Fashion Forum held with the Hon Minister Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. The bi-annual Forum was originally set up with the AFC in order to bring the various areas of the industry together to discuss contemporary issues across the industry from primary industry through to retail.
The driving rationale for the organisations’ coming together is to operate a stronger and more influential body that is aligned around helping all parts of the industry ecosystem grow. This new merged organisation will have offices and people in both Melbourne and Sydney, as well as a growing textile and fashion industry network around Australia, that will help further connect and assist members in this great industry.
Both bodies were set up as not-for-profit organisations with the Council of Textile & Fashion celebrating a 65-year history of service to the industry and the AFC having launched in 2014.
Collectively their membership is drawn from across the fashion and textile industry value chain and includes emerging and established designers, fashion retailers, manufacturers, education, state and national industry associations and students.
“This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Australian fashion with the prospect to really expand and build on both organisations’ achievements to a great future." AFC Chair and Editor of Vogue, Edwina McCann
Both organisations have seen significant growth in the last couple of years with their focus on design and innovation driven companies, supported by a broad and increasingly world-class industry. With this aligned focus and with great synergies between the two bodies the decision to move towards a merger was made. More will be able to be done together to continue on this growth path.
The proposal to merge will go to each respective organisation’s AGMs at the end of the year where members will be able to vote on the future of their industry and the wonderful opportunity for the Australian industry to become an even more dynamic force of creativity, innovation and trade.
"This marks a turning point for Australian industry and comes at a timely moment to strategically shape our future across the whole spectrum of design and textiles." CTF Chair and Managing Director of Nobody Denim, John Condilis
More on the Australian Fashion Chamber:
The Australian Fashion Chamber is a representative body for Australian designers and the Australian fashion industry. After its launch of membership in July 2014, the members of the AFC represent the brightest design talent within the industry. The current board of directors have come together to volunteer their time as part of their passionate support of the industry, bringing varied skills and experience. The board of directors, is led by Edwina McCann, Chairman of the AFC and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, Australia, and Kellie Hush, Deputy Chair of the AFC and Editor-In-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia.