Supply Chain

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?

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.

WORKSHOP | Sustainability & Supply Chain Management for Textiles

WORKSHOP | Sustainability & Supply Chain Management for Textiles

During the 2018 International Sourcing Expo, Australian Fashion Council and UL bring you a workshop focused on "Sustainability & Supply Chain Management for Textiles: Reducing Recall Risk and Chemical Management – A ZDHC Overview".

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.

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.

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 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...

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.

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... 

JOIN US AT MELBOURNE RETAIL FESTIVAL

JOIN US AT MELBOURNE RETAIL FESTIVAL

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!

FASHION EXPORT TIPS | DEAN WORLD CARGO

FASHION EXPORT TIPS | DEAN WORLD CARGO

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

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.

 

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If you have any questions please email info@aplf.com

The Pattern Making Class

The Pattern Making Class

Get ready Melbourne, it’s time to create! CTF Members Glen Rollason and Scott Bowring of RB Patterns have newly launched The Pattern Making Class, created to cater for the overwhelming demand of individuals asking for private tuition...

BOX HILL INSTITUTE RESEARCH PROJECT

BOX HILL INSTITUTE RESEARCH PROJECT

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 2018!

Melbourne Retail Festival 2018!

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.

Member Spotlight | Manufacture My Product

Member Spotlight | Manufacture My Product

Are you an established label looking into sourcing in China? Have your product tech pack ready to go but just need the right manufacturer? Ahead of next week's International Sourcing Expo, we caught up with Catie Mars, Director of Manufacture My Product. The Australian based business assists clients looking for an overseas manufacturer. They represent 9 exceptional and above worldwide standard certified manufacturing plants in China, and are here to help you through the process. 

 

Connections Business Matching Program at ISE2017!

Connections Business Matching Program at ISE2017!

Visiting this year's International Sourcing Expo Australia (ISEA) and want to make the most of your time? Well you are in luck. The folks at ISEA have newly launched their 'Connections Business Matching Program' placing you directly in touch with businesses in YOUR area of interest.

JOIN CTF AT STAND F12

JOIN CTF AT STAND F12

IT'S BACK! Returning to Sydney this November 14-16 2017, the International Sourcing Expo brings the world to you. The Council of Textile & Fashion will be in amongst the action at Stand F12!Stop by and have a chat to one of the CTF team about our programs, and get to know some of our members at the expo, with unique consultations available from: Manufacture My Product (Stand G17), Sample Room, Citizen Wolf, The Fashion Futurist, APN Performance Testing, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick, Brauz, Travelshopa, Technical Fabric Services Australia and Fashion Equipped (Stand B09).

Victorian Fashion Survey

Victorian Fashion Survey

Creative Victoria are undertaking the first comprehensive survey into Victoria’s fashion industry, if you work in fashion or a related industry then they want to hear from you! The more they know about the industry – the better they can support it.