Ethical Fashion

Meet | The Fashion Advocate

Meet | The Fashion Advocate

This week we caught up with Claire Goldsworthy, Founder and Editor The Fashion Advocate, a blog devoted to likeminded individuals who are designing for positive social and environmental change…

Meet | Nicki Colls

Meet | Nicki Colls

Ahead of the upcoming Festival of Natural Dyes, we caught up with Fibreshed Melbourne co-founder Nicki Colls, to talk through festival highlights and her work in building networks across our local supply chain.

Recap | AFC x ECA Afternoon Session

Recap | AFC x ECA Afternoon Session

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...

Redress Design Award 2018!

Redress Design Award 2018!

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!

Who Made My Clothes?

Who Made My Clothes?

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⠀

Meet the Labels from AFC Curated...

Meet the Labels from AFC Curated...

Thanks to the support of Creative Victoria and Noel Smyth - Director and Cinematographer, we have a series of 7 micro documentaries, giving a little insight behind the scenes of our designers from the AFC Curated program... 

SCCI FASHION HUB 2018

SCCI FASHION HUB 2018

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.

Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival

Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival

We’re excited to partner up with Moral Fairground — an organisation that promotes fair, ethical, and sustainable business practices — for their Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival happening on December 2 (Saturday) from 11am to 9pm at Federation Square. This is a fantastic opportunity for the best ethical brands to make their products available to an anticipated walk-thru crowd of 50,000 right in time for Christmas!

ALDI | MADE IN GREEN

ALDI | MADE IN GREEN

ALDI Australia introduced the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® in 2009 on their home textiles ensuring product safety for their customers. Now they bring the focus to a transparent supply chain,  introducing their new MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® certified bath towels and bath sheets. They are the first retailer in Australia to bring the traceable textile label to their customers.

CTF Curated Melbourne is Back!

CTF Curated Melbourne is Back!

We've popped up once again with a collection of Australia's most exciting emerging local labels! This May and June you can find the CTF Curated pop up at two of Melbourne's premium retail spaces; St. Collins Lane and Emporium!

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Want to ensure your leather goods are free from harmful substances? The Leather Standard from OEKO-TEX allows manufacturers and sellers of leather articles to visibly and transparently document their product stewardship, and provides consumers with a reliable tool to support their buying decisions.

Member Spotlight | Testex

Member Spotlight | Testex

Get to know CTF Members TESTEX, the independent Swiss testing and certification organisation operating worldwide with the focus on textile testing since 1846! Sustainability, transparency and ethical standards are core principles to which TESTEX is committed. Through their expertise and services, TESTEX supports manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, brands and end-users alike.

Member Spotlight | Full Circle Fibres

Member Spotlight | Full Circle Fibres

Meet Full Circle Fibres, the Queensland based business founded by Meriel Chamberlin. Full Circle Fibres is all about connecting the links from grower to user, respecting the source and the stages along the way as gently and carefully as possible.

Industry Snapshot | Melinda Tually

Industry Snapshot | Melinda Tually

This month we catch up with Melinda Tually, the driving force behind Fashion Revolution Au/NZ and Nndless - The New Normal. In her role a as a Responsible Retail Strategist, Melinda advises brands and retailers on responsible business and supply chain strategy, social and environmental risks and develop systems understanding and policies to guide best practice...

Jeanswest Showcase Local Designers & Industry

Jeanswest Showcase Local Designers & Industry

Council of Textile & Fashion Members Jeanswest keep up their streak with the launch of their latest menswear collection, showcasing budding local designers and once again featuring 100% Australian designed and made product!

Jeanswest Publishes Factory Listings

Jeanswest Publishes Factory Listings

Jeanswest Publishes Factory Listing Confirming Its Commitment To Transparency In Manufacturing! Our members Jeanswest are kicking goals with their commitment to all the good things, namely transparency, ethics and the local industry. Earlier this year the team launched their #Homespun range which was made entirely in Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Just this month they have also been recognised on Oxfam’s ‘Nice’ list, and, published their factory listings of business partners across China, Australia, Vietnam and India…

Member Spotlight | The Ark Clothing Co.

Member Spotlight | The Ark Clothing Co.

More than just a fashion brand, The Ark Clothing Co. exercise a culture of design with integrity. From their work with local community groups and manufacturers through to ethical accreditation, the growing team of 70 are intent on making a difference. "We exercise socially responsible practices knowing we have the potential to not only transform the way in which we view and understand fashion, but also the opportunity to change people's lives." As members of the Council of Textile & Fashion, The Ark Clothing Co. play an active role in supporting the future growth of the Australian fashion industry and the people behind it.

Member Spotlight | The Dress Collective

Member Spotlight | The Dress Collective

Ever tried to shop Australian made fashion online? Or, sought an e-commerce platform for your brand amongst other local designers? Meet The Dress Collective, home to 100% Australian made fashion, and the newest member addition here at the Council of Textile & Fashion. Founded by Claire Goldsworthy, what sets The Dress Collective apart from other online stores is the focus on supporting the local community of Australian designers and makers, and the sharing of their stories. The collective values the 'slow fashion' ethos, promoting transparency, ethical practice and quality over quantity. 

Ecothreads | Just Around The Corner!

Ecothreads | Just Around The Corner!

Ecothreads – Rags to Runway: Where education, design, music and sustainability collide to save the planet one outfit at a time. This weekend, Kangan Institute’s collaboration with Australian Red Cross and Melbourne all-girl rock band Stonefield is set to take the stage as part of the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s Curated Program. Ecothreads, will showcase the designs of the students with a sustainable runway and live performance from Stonefield, all the while fundraising for the Australian Red Cross!

MSFW 2016 | Industry Program

MSFW 2016 | Industry Program

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2016 is almost here, and this year’s Industry program is looking particularly excellent. Presented by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the program includes the week-long Creative Collective Exhibition in Melbourne Town Hall, which will showcase the city’s diverse and inspiring independent designers, artists and retailers. The program also includes seven panel discussions. With topics ranging from Introduction to Runway Production to Technology for Fashion, each session features great speakers who will give invaluable insight into the fashion world...