A big thank you to Stuart Smith of Vebiz and Leila Naja Hibri of Helen Kaminski for presenting at our Sydney Afternoon Session on Australian Fashion Export! 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.
The Australian Fashion Council has officially wrapped up its Designers Abroad London Showroom 2018, supported by The Woolmark Company, UK Department for International Trade (DIT), British Airways, Department for Foreign Affairs (DFAT) and AMP Capital.
On Saturday 17th February, the AFC and KITX held an intimate cocktail reception at Australia House in London to celebrate sustainability in fashion and the AFC Designers Abroad London Showroom.
The event was co-hosted by Kit Willow of KITX and renowned stylist Rebecca Corbin-Murray, along with AFC Board Director and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia, Edwina McCann. The evening also featured special guests The Hon. Julie Bishop, Australian High Commissioner for the United Kingdom, Mr. Alexander Downer, and fashion designer & British Business Ambassador, Anya Hindmarch.
The evening featured an Australian inspired menu by Kiwi & Roo paired with a selection of Handpicked Wines, which included a Romance Was Born x Handpicked Rose collaboration. Guests caught a glimpse of the new collection by KITX in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, featuring fine Australian merino wool and displayed on Bonaveri biodegradable mannequins.
The evening also marked the opening of the AFC Designers Abroad Programme for London Fashion Week, supported by The Woolmark Company, UK Department for International Trade, Department for Foreign Affairs, AMP Capital and British Airways. The five day showroom at London Fashion Week was hosted at 180 The Strand from February 16 to 20 and featured Pared Eyewear, Manning Cartell, We Are Kindred and the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize womenswear regional winner for Australia/New Zealand, Harman Grubiša.
The showroom was the seventh Australian Designers Abroad event, previously held in Paris and New York, attended by a variety of global retailers, media and industry players. Launched by the AFC in 2015, the initiative strives to build the profiles of talented Australian designers during international fashion weeks, cementing reputations and growing stockists aboard. Previous showrooms have been held in the fashion capitals of Paris and New York.
To find out more about the designers who were on the programme click the button below, and stay tuned for our editorial shot on the streets of London via our Instagram @AusDesignersAbroad.
Have you heard? We've teamed up with the folks at Pozible, to bring you a crowdfunding platform specifically for the Australian textile & fashion industry. Thanks to everyone who made it out last week for the launch night and info session at St. Collins Lane, and to Darren Brown from Pozible and Nessie Croft from local label Corepret for talking us though the crowdfunding basics.
Looking to host events in Melbourne next year? The City of Melbourne's Event Partnership Program (EPP) is now accepting applications for events in the first half of 2018.
The scheme exists to assist current and aspiring exporters across a wide range of industry and product sectors in Australia.
So what does this mean for the Textile, Clothing and Footwear industries? Plenty!
The EMDG scheme:
- Encourages small and medium sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
- Reimburses up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
- Provides up to eight (8) grants to each eligible applicant.
Who can apply?
Well you can! If you're an Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust that has carried on export promotion activities during the year.
It's worth noting, this is a reimbursement grant. To be eligible, your business must have:
- Income of not more than $50 million in the grant year
- Incurred at least $15,000 of eligible export expenses under the scheme (first-time applicants can combine two years worth of expenses)
Principal status for the export business (some exceptions apply, eg. non-profit export focused industry bodies)
You also need to make sure your business has promoted one of the following:
- The export of goods and most services
- Inbound tourism
- The export of intellectual property and know-how
- Conferences and events held in Australia
Sometimes these things can seem a bit complicated and overwhelming. But luckily, Austrade have anticipated this and developed a series of videos to clarify the entire scheme and process. You can check those out here.
The Export Market Development Grant could prove a great opportunity to support the growth of your business. If you might already fit this bill, applications for the 2014-2015 grant year must be launched between July 1st and November 30th, 2015.
For more detail see the links below;
- What is EMDG?
- Who can apply?
- What can you claim?
- What exporters say about the EMDG
- Those handy videos one more time!