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Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Aboriginal fashion designers and textile artists from Bábbarra Designs are taking their creations global with an exhibition at the Australian Embassy in France this September! We were lucky to catch some of the designs at DAAF in Darwin this August, and can’t wait to see what they have planned. We caught up with Ingrid Johanson and Jessica Phillips, Managers at Bábbarra Women’s Centre to hear more about the exhibition, the culture and linguistic diversity it celebrates, and the women involved…

AFC AT PFW SS20

AFC AT PFW SS20

Paris Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be hosting a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to The Woolmark Company, the Australian Embassy in Paris, Creative Victoria, The Community, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin. Here’s a look at some of the incredible local designers you’ll find in the global spotlight…

AFC AT NYFW SS20

AFC AT NYFW SS20

New York Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be holding a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to Bluestone Lane, The Woolmark Company, the Australian Consulate-General in NYC, jac + bean, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin…

Hong Kong Export Session | Meet the Speakers

Hong Kong Export Session | Meet the Speakers

AFC are thrilled to be working with HKTDC to bring a Hong Kong Export Session to Sydney this July! Get to know some of the speakers and organisations involved…

Designers Abroad Spotlight | Beach Collective 2019

Designers Abroad Spotlight | Beach Collective 2019

In partnership with Bluestone Lane, we are excited to announce the opening of their ‘Beach Collective’ retail activation in Mountauk, New York! Now in its second year, the Australian hospitality brand will offer, along with its famed Melbourne-style coffee and healthy café fare, a curated selection of nine Australian-born fashion brands to join them in their combined retail and café space in Montauk, NY…

McKinsey | China to account for 40 percent of world’s luxury spending by 2025

McKinsey | China to account for 40 percent of world’s luxury spending by 2025

Global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company’s Apparel, Fashion and Luxury Group have released its latest report: “China Luxury Report 2019 : How young Chinese consumers are reshaping global luxury.” The report reveals that Chinese consumers are set to account for more than half of global growth in luxury spending to 2025, powered by a young generation for whom luxury is a form of social capital…

MEET | Lambert + Associates

MEET | Lambert + Associates

Ahead of their International Sales Seminar at this year’s MBFWA, we caught up with Lambert + Associates’ Market Manager & Retail Expert; Odette Rushton.

Case Study | iDA Australia & Helen Kaminski

AFC CASE STUDY

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iDA Australia & Helen Kaminski

World Mode Holdings (WMH) group is a total solutions company for the fashion and cosmetics industry in Japan, and has the largest market share of fashion and cosmetics retail job placements in Japan.

In 2018, WMH established a subsidiary in Australia called ‘iDA Australia’ to focus on recruitment in the Australian fashion market. iDA provides high quality, well-trained and hard-working staff to Australian fashion businesses.

Read about iDA’s successful work with the Helen Kaminski brand below…

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“Here is our candidate Yuri who has been working at Helen Kaminski since October 2018, after being introduced through iDA.

Yuri had been working at clothing store in Japan for 9 years before she came to Australia. She was an area manager, and she loved where she was. But she also wanted to challenge herself with something new, so she decided to move to the Gold Coast to study English in 2017. After completing an 8 month English course, she wasn’t completely satisfied with the life in Australia, as she couldn’t seem to get any retail jobs on the Gold Coast. There were no chances to apply her skills and the study she had completed in her real life.  

After receiving an email from iDA Japan, who were looking for candidates to work in Australia, Yuri applied for the program. Once she passed an English test checked by iDA, Yuri had a Skype interview with the manager at the Helen Kaminski Sydney store. She researched in advance and practiced a lot. Due to her effort, she got the job! She received positive reviews from the manager in terms of her experience, her attitude and her English level. She was really excited to join the project to build her career in Australia.

Once she started working at Helen Kaminski in Sydney, she was surprised that the Australian customer service was completely different from the Japanese way. She witnessed many Japanese tourists at the store, so she applied Japanese hospitality when she served Japanese customers and applied Australian way to other customers. Her attitude is always Japanese style such as punctual, hard-working and polite. After a few months, she has been highly evaluated by the store manager and all of other staff members, which lead them to extending her contract for 3 more months!

The following is Yuri’s interview, where she talked about her experience;

“Firstly thank you so much for giving me such a great opportunity. The whole experience has allowed me to grow a lot. I couldn’t be happier that I work at Helen Kaminski in Sydney!

I became confident around dealing with customers from all over the world. And now I know Australian culture and fashion. I would like to contribute to both the Japanese fashion industry and the Australian fashion industry in the future by making use of this experience. To begin with, I want to learn more about fashion management. I am especially interested in staff education and trainings for growing high skilled global talents!

My plan after going back to Japan is to get a manager job through iDA Japan, and build my career in the fashion industry!”


WANT TO KNOW MORE?

To find out more about IDA’s recruitment project and whether you can be involved as a retailer, reach out to Sayoko Hiruma (Manager at iDA Australia) at hiruma@wmh.co.jp.


AFC in Hong Kong | The Melbourne Fashion Showcase

AFC in Hong Kong | The Melbourne Fashion Showcase

Last December saw a delegation of Melbourne fashion and design businesses showcase at Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week, coming together to form the Melbourne Fashion Showcase, thanks to Creative Victoria. The AFC were thrilled to be part of the trade mission, and see so many of our amazing members represented and recognised by an international audience. A big thank you to all who made it possible and a shout out to our friends in Hong Kong who made it such a memorable experience. Here are some of the highlights!

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.

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.

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.

Aussie Kiosk Launch | LA Pop-Up Store

Aussie Kiosk Launch | LA Pop-Up Store

A launch event officially kicked off a month of Aussie retail in Los Angeles on Wednesday night!  The Aussie Kiosk is an Australian brand collective showcasing the best mix of Australian brands to the LA market.


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...

Recap | AFC Export Session Melbourne

Recap | AFC Export Session Melbourne

A big thank you to Leila Naja Hibri of Helen Kaminski, and Bruce Haines from Dean World Cargo for presenting at our Melbourne Afternoon Session on Australian Fashion Export last week! For those who couldn't make it along to the session, here is a quick recap...

Meet | Leila Naja Hibri from Helen Kaminski

Meet | Leila Naja Hibri from Helen Kaminski

We're thrilled to have Leila Naja Hibri, General Manager Sales & Marketing at Helen Kaminski, joining us alongside Dean World Cargo for next week's AFC Afternoon Session on Fashion Export in Melbourne!