Industry Update

Looking Back... AFC in 2018

Looking Back... AFC in 2018

This November saw our first Annual General Meeting as the Australian Fashion Council since the earlier merging of the two former entities… and what a long way our organisation has come! A big thank you to all who have been part of this journey, and to those who made it along to the AGM held in Sydney, where we heard from our AFC Board Co-Chairs Edwina McCann and John Condilis, Board Director Simon Stewart, and our CEO Dave Giles-Kaye. Now that we are at the end of the year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights from 2018, and take a look at what projects are on the AFC horizon…

AFC at Paris Fashion Week 2018

AFC at Paris Fashion Week 2018

Early in October, on the last day of Paris Fashion Week 2018, a diverse group from the Australian and French fashion industries collected at the Australian Embassy in Paris, generously hosted by Ambassador Brendan Berne.

Start Your Fashion Business!

Start Your Fashion Business!

Planning, launching and scaling a fashion business can be consuming, confusing and expensive. Coming up with an idea is the easy part, but building a business involves a strategy, a plan, and great connections. Fashion Equipped was founded with a single objective in mind – to expose the ‘blind spots’ business owners experience when starting their own fashion business.

The MFW Student Award Finalists!

The MFW Student Award Finalists!

Get to know the finalists for this year’s Student Award at Melbourne Fashion Week; Hannah Berry, Lucy Broomhall, Navarone Johnson, Nigel Vogler! The award acknowledges the top five student collections which demonstrate excellence in research and development of fashion design, innovation, construction and potential to contribute to the future growth of the industry. We're thrilled to support the award alongside the City of Melbourne and búl.

The Melbourne Fashion Showcase | HK BoDW 2018

The Melbourne Fashion Showcase | HK BoDW 2018

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian fashion is set to showcase in Hong Kong this December as part of Hong Kong Business of Design Week (HK BoDW), Asia’s premier design event! Running from the 1st-9th, the ‘Melbourne Fashion Showcase’ will see over 50 Victorian designers across three exhibitions and two showcases.

Alvanon's 'The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry' 2018 Report

Alvanon's 'The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry' 2018 Report

Alvanon’s global survey highlights an unprecedented skills crisis in the fashion industry, with 62% of respondents struggling to fill skilled roles. The report data reveals a ‘war for talent’ across the supply chain, with big fashion retailers, brands, manufacturers and vendors, facing a shortage of workers with key, specialised skills… Do you agree?

Think – Collaborate – Create | Melbourne’s BoDW HK Program Revealed 

Think – Collaborate – Create | Melbourne’s BoDW HK Program Revealed 

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian design will be showcased at Asia’s premier design event, Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BODW) this December 2018 and we, the Australian Fashion Council, are thrilled to be a part of it!

Financing Your International Growth

Financing Your International Growth

Charith Amarasinghe, Associate Director Business Development at Efic, is no stranger to helping Australian fashion businesses get the finance support they need to take on international growth. Working closely with Australian industry leaders he’s seen what it takes to become an international success.

4 Tips to Grow Your International Business...

4 Tips to Grow Your International Business...

In line with their recently launched free eBook, Efic, Australia’s export credit agency, outlines 4 tips to help your business take on the world.

AFC Curated | Back at MFW this September!

AFC Curated | Back at MFW this September!

18 AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS. 8 DAYS. Thanks to Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW), you can shop 18 Australian fashion labels from across the country, under the one roof for 8 days this September, marking the biggest AFC Curated event yet!

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.

Lane Crawford | Winners Announced!

Lane Crawford | Winners Announced!

Lane Crawford, Asia’s iconic luxury department store, have proudly announced Tom Fereday Design as the winner of their Creative Call Out, alongside 12 other runner-ups, hand selected by a panel of judges in Sydney earlier this May.

Meet | Flaunter

Meet | Flaunter

This week we caught up with AFC Member Gaby Howard, CEO and Founder of Flaunter, the Sydney based dial PR platform connecting brands with some of the best storytellers around the world...

Recap | AFC Export Session Sydney

Recap | AFC Export Session Sydney

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...

Funding for Women's Leadership Development

Funding for Women's Leadership Development

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. 

Standards Australia | Young Leaders Program

Standards Australia | Young Leaders Program

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.

The State of Fashion 2018 | Australia

The State of Fashion 2018 | Australia

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. 

Australian Consumer Law Review

Australian Consumer Law Review

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.

Fashion Equipped | Social Media Success Coaching Programme

Fashion Equipped | Social Media Success Coaching Programme

AFC members, Claire Goldsworthy (The Fashion Advocate) and Elizabeth Formosa (Fashion Equipped) have partnered to offer an exclusive learning program: Social Media Success Coaching.