Australian Fashion

David Giles-Kaye to Step Down as AFC CEO

David Giles-Kaye to Step Down as AFC CEO

David Giles-Kaye is to step down as CEO of the Australian Fashion Council at the end of 2019 after 4 years in the role. A new CEO has been appointed by the board and will be announced shortly…

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…

STRATEAS CARLUCCI | AFC Flagship

STRATEAS CARLUCCI | AFC Flagship

We were thrilled to announce earlier this year, that we’d be undertaking a new project; AFC Flagship, and that we’d be kicking things off with local Melbourne label Strateas Carlucci! AFC Flagship connects our renowned designers with temporary retail spaces to call their own, and tell their brand story. Thanks to support from the prestigious shopping destination St. Collins Lane, AFC Flagship came to life this March 2019…

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 | 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!

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.

THE AFC TAKES ON LONDON FASHION WEEK

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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.

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WANT MORE?

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.

Designers Abroad is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

CURATED 2018!

CURATED 2018!

We're back for 2018 and we can't wait to share some exciting developments for the Curated program with you. From retail activations across Australia, to new Industry Partners and a host of new Labels joining the ranks...

Meet The LFW Australian Designers Abroad

Meet The LFW Australian Designers Abroad

Meet the Australian Fashion Retailers Showcasing at London Fashion Week 2018: Manning Cartell, Pared Eyewear, We are Kindred and the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize womenswear regional winner for Australia/New Zealand, Harman Grubiša.

Australian Designers Abroad Goes to London Fashion Week

Australian Designers Abroad Goes to London Fashion Week

The Australian Fashion Council (AFC), together with partners UK Department for International Trade (DIT) and British Airways, are proud to announce Manning Cartell, Pared Eyewear, We are Kindred and the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize womenswear regional winner for Australia/New Zealand, Harman Grubiša, as the four successful fashion labels to join the AFC London Designers Abroad Showroom 2018, supported by The Woolmark Company.

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.

AFC AND CTF TO MERGE

AFC AND CTF TO MERGE

In a sign that Australia’s fashion and textile community is united and working collaboratively, the two premier industry bodies, the Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC) and the Council for Textile and Fashion (CTF), on Wednesday 18th October 2017, announced their intention to merge.

CTF & FEN 2017 PRESENT...

CTF & FEN 2017 PRESENT...

Get to know the second batch of CTF members that you'll find at Fashion Exposed Now (FEN) this August; Maude Studio, Only Merino, REMUSE, Siyona, and Kaliopi Eleni. The collaboration between CTF and FEN has seen us handpick a selection of labels from across the country to showcase their work at Australia's largest fashion trade event!

Industry Snapshot | Paul Castro

Industry Snapshot | Paul Castro

Meet Paul Castro, the local designer giving surplus fashion items a new light. Since graduating from RMIT's Masters of Fashion Design program, Paul has gone on to be recognised at the iD International Emerging Design Award. We asked about his creative practice, designing sustainably, working with surplus stock and where he's headed next!

Export Opportunities to the Philippines | Austrade

Export Opportunities to the Philippines | Austrade

Earlier this year we were fortunate to have Pascale Vermeerbergen Jimenez (Senior Vice President Business Development, SM Retail) and Tina Sendin (Business Development Manager, Manilla at Austrade) give presentations on the opportunities for Australian Fashion Brands in the Philippines market.

MEET | Melinda Tually

MEET | Melinda Tually

This month we catch up with Melinda Tually, the driving force behind Fashion Revolution Au/NZ and Nndless - The New Normal. In her role a as a Responsible Retail Strategist, Melinda advises brands and retailers on responsible business and supply chain strategy, social and environmental risks and develop systems understanding and policies to guide best practice...