A few quick reads for March 2019 to brush up on movements in the technology space for fashion…
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.
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.
The debut of Tuxedo Melbourne for business and technology in fashion is set to deliver real and raw case studies of disruption in the industry.
The purpose behind Tuxedo is to communicate innovative stories to an audience of retailers, technologists and creatives, kickstarting a movement for innovation amongst the community.
In 2016, the Australian fashion industry was valued at 28.5billion dollars. This valuation is increasing year-on-year, the hand of the retailer is being forced by customers to become more relevant and technology-forward.
Through these conversations, our aim is to help fashion business owners navigate their way into an innovative mindset, and in turn deliver exceptional experiences for their shoppers.
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!
The International Sourcing Expo kicks off this month, at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. As Industry partners of the event, we'll have a stand set up featuring several of our local members from across the Fashion & Textile value chain; Stephanie Henly, MTK Australia, Ugg Australia, NMBQ, Stewart & Heaton Clothing Co. and Sample Room. Be sure to register your free visitors pass and come say hi!