Designers Abroad | New York Fashion Week SS20


In celebration of the Australian fashion and textiles industry abroad, the AFC and The Woolmark Company co-hosted an exclusive event on September 12th with Bluestone Lane in New York.

As part of the AFC Designers Abroad program at New York Fashion Week, the networking event was focused on creating invaluable commercial and media connections for Australian designers showing at NYFW, while helping to raise the profile of Australian fashion on a global scale.


The Bluestone Lane Bowery Café in Nolita, uniquely designed by New York-based Australian designer Tali Roth, hosted a crowd of international media and industry guests attending the fashion week. Shining a spotlight on the best Australian ingredients, guests dined on an Australian-inspired canapé menu by Bluestone Lane, with a complementary wine selection by Handpicked Wines from Australia’s best regions including their signature Yarra Valley Rosé and Clare Valley Riesling. Four Pillars Gin were also on hand, pouring their signature Rare Dry Gin.

The Woolmark Company, a long-time major partner of AFC Designers Abroad, was present on the night to represent Australia’s Merino wool industry. On display was a stunning installation crafted by renowned Australian textile artist Jacqui Fink. The piece of art took 10 days to construct and was created with 300 pounds of Australian Merino wool and silk fibres. The Woolmark Company’s General Manager for the Eastern Hemisphere, John Roberts, shared with guests his thoughts on the success of the sustainable and innovative natural fibre, and its strong relationship to the global fashion industry.

Merino wool is Australia’s biggest fashion export. It’s part of a multifaceted industry that reaches right across the globe. Tonight, as we celebrate homegrown talent, it’s important to remember the tens of thousands of Australian woolgrowers who lovingly produce this natural fibre. Without their hard work, dedication and commitment we wouldn’t have a luxury fibre so versatile it can be used in technical sportswear, premium fashion and even homewares as we can see by Jacqui’s amazing installation. The Woolmark Company is pleased to continue its partnership with the AFC Designers Abroad program, nurturing emerging design talent and fostering their education regarding natural fibres such as Merino wool.
— John Roberts, General Manager Eastern Hemisphere, The Woolmark Company
There are more Australian fashion labels at New York Fashion Week than ever this year. They represent Australia’s exciting and diverse culture and expression and it is no wonder that they are having so much success in the North American market. We’re incredibly proud to continue to promote and support these businesses and look forward to new connections and opportunities for all through our various activities.
— David Giles-Kaye, CEO, Australian Fashion Council

The AFC Designers Abroad is a program built to support Australia’s fashion labels on a global scale, by assisting them to grow their export capability and their global networks.

Earlier in the week, the AFC hosted a business breakfast session in collaboration with business development agency jac + bean and with support from the Australian Consulate-General in NYC. Featuring a diverse line up of speakers, the workshop delved into all facets of growing a fashion label in the US market, including government support, US market trends, media, retail and brand strategy.

The AFC has also been a key supporter of the Bluestone Lane ‘Beach Collective’ retail activation, currently featuring MATTEAU, THE UPSIDE, Pared Eyewear, State of Escape, Hansen & Gretel, P Johnson, Mara & Mine, Desmond & Dempsey and Dr Roebuck’s. The activation ran throughout the US 2019 summer season at Bluestone Lane in Montauk, NY.

Designers Abroad | Paris Fashion Week SS20

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The Australian Fashion Council, together with key supporters The Woolmark Company and His Excellency Brendan Berne, Australian Ambassador to France, co-hosted an evening reception on September 30th to celebrate Australian fashion at Paris Fashion Week.

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TFIA Event | China Fashion & Retail Seminar

TFIA Event | China Fashion & Retail Seminar


Join the Council of Textile and Fashion (TFIA) for the China Fashion & Retail Seminar. A two hour session on Friday, June 3rd, with guest speaker Timothy Coghlan, discussing opportunities for the Australian TCF Industry sectors in the China fashion market.

WHAT | China Fashion & Retail Seminar

WHEN | Friday, June 3rd, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

WHERE | The Textile & Fashion Hub

Building F, 85 Cremorne St

Richmond VIC, 3121


*RSVP to info@tfia.com.au is essential as places are limited.

Guest speaker, Timothy Coghlan, an Independent Consultant focused on the Chinese retail and consumer sector and Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in China, Retail and E-commerce Working Group will be guiding you through:

  • About the China fashion market
  • What is the interest in Australian fashion?
  • Success stories and types of fashion in demand
  • Retail Channels, both physical and e-commerce
  • How to get noticed (social and other)

David Giles-Kaye will also be talking through upcoming opportunities and strategy development for Australian companies in China, including Beijing Design Week (BDW), The International Sourcing Expo, Austrade and DFAT support.

Lastly the floor will be open for discussion, questions and input over industry strategy and next steps.



Based in Beijing, Timothy Coghlan is an Independent Consultant focused on the Chinese retail and consumer sector and he serves as the Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in China, Retail and E-commerce Working Group.

Timothy has advised the world’s most iconic fashion and luxury brands including Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada and others on their China entry, expansion and retail store strategies including the opening of several flagship stores for these brands. He also has vast experience working with the Chinese Government and State Owned Enterprises for the master planning and development of shopping malls across China including Tianjin Galaxy Mall, Sanya China Duty Free Mall, Xiamen Airport plus others.

In 2012 Timothy founded the Australia-China Fashion Alliance project (ACFA) that utilises “fashion diplomacy” to build commercial opportunities for Australia’s fashion and retail brands in China. ACFA has been supported by DFAT’s Australia China Council, Austrade, Tourism Australia and State Governments for China fashion and retail engagement activities. In February 2016, ACFA held the first ever “China Fashion & Retail Forum” in Sydney and in 2014 Timothy was awarded the Australia-China Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship for his work on ACFA.

Timothy has an extensive global network of fashion and luxury industry CEOs, designers and professionals, and is a regular speaker and media commentator on the China retail sector. His articles have been featured on The Business of Fashion, Fashion & Mash, Tech in Asia, Technode, Mao Suit and the Journal of Australia-China Affairs.

Timothy graduated from the Australian National University with degrees in both Economics and East Asian Studies. He speaks Mandarin and Japanese.

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We look forward to seeing you there & thanks for reading!