Now firmly entrenched on the Australian apparel and fashion sourcing calendar, the 9th edition of the event, co-located with Footwear and Leather Show 3rd edition and China Clothing Textiles Accessories Expo 18th edition, attracted major brands and buyers from across Australia and New Zealand, and the broader region.
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?
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.
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...
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.
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⠀
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.
HONG KONG FASHION ACCESS | 14-16 MARCH
Hong Kong Fashion Access is offering AFC members an opportunity to be a part of the Hosted Buyer Programme at the Hong Kong Fashion Access, Cashmere World and APLF – Leather & Materials Trade Fair.
If you're looking for manufacturers and suppliers in Asia, this is a fantastic opportunity to go and check them out. There are only three spots available!
The successful applicant will receive;
1. Round Trip Air Ticket & 2 nights at a 4 star hotel.
2. Exclusive Networking Event.
3. Personalised Business Matching to source new products and suppliers.
4. Complimentary entry to fashion industry seminars and conferences held during the 3-day event.
5. Privileged access to the VIP buyer lounge with complimentary refreshments.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the year, we were lucky to work with several Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising students from Box Hill Institute on an industry research project around the local supply chain. We thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce you to some of them; Annabelle Bailes, Jessica Araujo, Krystal Bouterakos, Tiarn Barrett and Sarah Moran. The research? The project was around mapping the local textile and fashion supply chain capabilities in Australia, and devising an online platform for the industry to access.
Melbourne Retail Festival (MRF) is a premium Australian fashion trade event, open to all areas of the fashion, textile, jewellery and footwear supply chains. By showcasing established and emerging, local and international brands, MRF allows buyers, retailer and designers to connect and showcase their latest collections and offerings. The comprehensive marketplace provides a platform for clothing, accessories, footwear and jewellery.