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Value the Citizen
Research and education in systemic, circular and sustainable change for the fashion sector

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco

In 2020 Value the Citizen conducted a research project addressing the lack of Australian-based contextualized research in circular design and product development in the fashion sector. As 80% of a products environmental impact is determined at the design phase, and with 88% of Australian apparel manufacture made up of SMEs, this project focused on the design processes and associated business models of fashion SMEs as an influential group for systems change to the linear take/make/waste fashion model widely operating in Australia.
With a core framework of product stewardship and employing design-thinking strategies; the SME’s in this research are building new design processes, new business models and new relationships around circular purpose. The project goal was a visual, communicative and accessible tool that could be distributed widely to stakeholders for education, a pathway for change and leverage for transformative action.
Importantly, the research identified the need for wider stakeholder support for SMEs and larger enterprise in moving to circular and product stewardship approaches. This takes the form of education of the community and industry; legislation and mandating around the collection and disposal of textile waste; and investment in infrastructure and technologies.
This research and the Design Map and Digital Article developed from this project are tools to support the pathway to circularity in the Australian fashion industry; visually storytelling the complex interrelated relationships and strategies of circularity in an Australian fashion context to the diverse stakeholders involved.

WA
Subiaco
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Torrens University
University Education Provider

The fashion industry is on the lookout for a new breed of designers - creative thinkers who can combine fresh, original and inspiring designs with the practical and technical know-how to produce them for commercial success. The Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design will challenge both your creative and business mind - and will groom you for a world-class career as a Brand Fashion Designer, Buyer, Merchandise Planner or Product Developer. Having this qualification under your belt also means you could launch your own fashion range. You'll graduate with a highly respected qualification, specialist design skills and a professional-calibre portfolio that opens doors.

VIC
Melbourne

The fashion industry is on the lookout for a new breed of designers - creative thinkers who can combine fresh, original and inspiring designs with the practical and technical know-how to produce them for commercial success. The Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design will challenge both your creative and business mind - and will groom you for a world-class career as a Brand Fashion Designer, Buyer, Merchandise Planner or Product Developer. Having this qualification under your belt also means you could launch your own fashion range. You'll graduate with a highly respected qualification, specialist design skills and a professional-calibre portfolio that opens doors.

VIC
Melbourne
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Unzipped Fashion Connections
Helping fashion brands to profitably launch and grow using an omnichannel approach.

Unzipped is a fashion consultancy, as well as, an online fashion course content creator.

Our expertise is 3rd party eCommerce and sales growth strategy for fashion brands. The key services we provide our current clients are:

Online fashion course + coaching = teaching startups how to launch their online business & brand. Teaching key lessons covering idea validation (market & audience research), how to design, make & ship your 1st collection, how to build a launch campaign (marketing tactics) + more.

Sales growth services = targetted at small-medium fashion brands (1-5 yrs old) that have launched and are looking to grow. We have 5 key focus areas; sales strategy, strategic partnerships, customer experience, operational refinement and fashion brand set-up success.

VIC
Melbourne

Unzipped is a fashion consultancy, as well as, an online fashion course content creator.

Our expertise is 3rd party eCommerce and sales growth strategy for fashion brands. The key services we provide our current clients are:

Online fashion course + coaching = teaching startups how to launch their online business & brand. Teaching key lessons covering idea validation (market & audience research), how to design, make & ship your 1st collection, how to build a launch campaign (marketing tactics) + more.

Sales growth services = targetted at small-medium fashion brands (1-5 yrs old) that have launched and are looking to grow. We have 5 key focus areas; sales strategy, strategic partnerships, customer experience, operational refinement and fashion brand set-up success.

VIC
Melbourne
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Fashion Equipped
Fashion Equipped provides consultancy, mentorship and online learning for all stages of planning, launching and growing a fashion business, giving our clients access to an unrivalled knowledge bank and decades of expertise.

Fashion Equipped provides consulting, mentorship and online learning for all stages of planning, launching and growing a fashion business, giving our clients access to an unrivalled knowledge bank and decades of expertise.

We work with fashion start-ups, designers, brands, retailers, entrepreneurs and established six and seven figure businesses, tailoring our services to any stage of development - whether you are starting or already own a label, brand, online boutique, wholesale business, retail store, or a combined model.

With your version of success as the guiding principle, our team is here to support, advise and ensure you benefit from best practise knowledge, successful strategies, vital resources and extensive networks.

With the support of the Fashion Equipped team your business will accelerate faster than ever. The development and growth phase of any business is exciting - but it can also be challenging and overwhelming. But with the right consultant and a strong strategy you'll be well supported and poised for success.

Vic
South Melbourne

Fashion Equipped provides consulting, mentorship and online learning for all stages of planning, launching and growing a fashion business, giving our clients access to an unrivalled knowledge bank and decades of expertise.

We work with fashion start-ups, designers, brands, retailers, entrepreneurs and established six and seven figure businesses, tailoring our services to any stage of development - whether you are starting or already own a label, brand, online boutique, wholesale business, retail store, or a combined model.

With your version of success as the guiding principle, our team is here to support, advise and ensure you benefit from best practise knowledge, successful strategies, vital resources and extensive networks.

With the support of the Fashion Equipped team your business will accelerate faster than ever. The development and growth phase of any business is exciting - but it can also be challenging and overwhelming. But with the right consultant and a strong strategy you'll be well supported and poised for success.

Vic
South Melbourne
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Alison Gwilt
Academic researcher, consultant and workshop facilitator

Dr Alison Gwilt is an author, researcher and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her work examines the innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. Alison is a consultant/advisor to industry, an active researcher and workshop facilitator.

NSW
Paddington

Dr Alison Gwilt is an author, researcher and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia. Her work examines the innovative design methods and approaches that enable the fashion and textiles community, from educators, to producers, and consumers, to adopt more sustainable and ethical practices. Alison is a consultant/advisor to industry, an active researcher and workshop facilitator.

NSW
Paddington
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Mind Your Fashion Pty Ltd
Supporting individuals who experience mental health challenges in the fashion industry

Mind your Fashion is a Not for Profit organisation. Our purpose is to raise awareness, create change and support those who work in the fashion and creative industries and experience mental illness and mental health issues relating to anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, gender identity, drug and alcoholism.
At Mind your Fashion, we see the value in everyone. We are the catalyst for positive change. Mind your Fashion supports and empowers progress. Our services include professional counselling though our partner the Australian Association of Psychologist inc (AAPi), speaking engagements sharing experiences and strategies to manage mental illness and effect change, workshops and events all designed to raise awareness and change the behaviours of the fashion and creative industries.

QLD
Hamilton Central

Mind your Fashion is a Not for Profit organisation. Our purpose is to raise awareness, create change and support those who work in the fashion and creative industries and experience mental illness and mental health issues relating to anxiety, depression, stress, eating disorders, gender identity, drug and alcoholism.
At Mind your Fashion, we see the value in everyone. We are the catalyst for positive change. Mind your Fashion supports and empowers progress. Our services include professional counselling though our partner the Australian Association of Psychologist inc (AAPi), speaking engagements sharing experiences and strategies to manage mental illness and effect change, workshops and events all designed to raise awareness and change the behaviours of the fashion and creative industries.

QLD
Hamilton Central
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SMART IN PLANNING
Merchandise Planning services, solutions and support.

Founded and operated by Susan Martin, building on her unique track record and successful career spanning 25+ years in Merchandise Planning, we stand apart in our ability to support Clients in a highly personalised and practical manner.

Our tight team of seasoned professionals has honed their skills across senior roles spanning fast fashion, hard goods, seasonal, branded, online, and, specialty sectors. SMART IN PLANNING works with Retail and Wholesale businesses, from start-ups, to family owned, pure-play online, through to large corporations and multinational Groups.

We are practitioners, not theorists, and we bring relevant experience through our wide range of services.

NSW
North Turramurra

Founded and operated by Susan Martin, building on her unique track record and successful career spanning 25+ years in Merchandise Planning, we stand apart in our ability to support Clients in a highly personalised and practical manner.

Our tight team of seasoned professionals has honed their skills across senior roles spanning fast fashion, hard goods, seasonal, branded, online, and, specialty sectors. SMART IN PLANNING works with Retail and Wholesale businesses, from start-ups, to family owned, pure-play online, through to large corporations and multinational Groups.

We are practitioners, not theorists, and we bring relevant experience through our wide range of services.

NSW
North Turramurra
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Sample Room
Sample Room is a full service development house.

Sample Room services established designers, designers returning to Australian manufacturing and start-up designers develop their styles. With a very experienced team of pattern makers, cutters and sample machinists all under the one roof in our new workroom in Collingwood, Sample Room can help with patterns, samples, grading, markers, detailed specs, etc.
Sample Room has invested in the latest technology to allow us to provide stand alone grading and marker making services for those with paper or card patterns.

VIC
COLLINGWOOD

Sample Room services established designers, designers returning to Australian manufacturing and start-up designers develop their styles. With a very experienced team of pattern makers, cutters and sample machinists all under the one roof in our new workroom in Collingwood, Sample Room can help with patterns, samples, grading, markers, detailed specs, etc.
Sample Room has invested in the latest technology to allow us to provide stand alone grading and marker making services for those with paper or card patterns.

VIC
COLLINGWOOD
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TCF WA & TCF Australia & MY Fashion Incubator
TCF small business training & mentoring

Textile Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA Inc. (TCFWA | TCF Australia | TCF Global)
Providing opportunities, support and resources for the Fashion & TCF Industries across WA, Australia and globally
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA Inc. (TCF Australia | TCF Global) established in 1998, is a not-for-profit community based association that provides a valuable resource of support and assistance to fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, creative and manufacturing industries for new and existing small business through business skills training, mentoring, support and global trade opportunities.

TCFWA | TCF Australia | TCF Global also provide a member helpline service and development of specialised industry webinars and workshops to better equip those operating in the industry and is recognised as a leader and role model organisation across Australia and overseas. TCF has assisted many Indigenous and culturally, linguistically diverse (CaLD) fashion and textile designers for over 24 years and has delivered many workshops in regional, remote Australia and global communities.

TCFWA www.tcfwa.com TCF Australia www.tcfaustralia.com and TCF Global www.tcfglobal.com has delivered a number of projects and programs supporting the fashion and TCFL industry.

WA
Cloverdale

Textile Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA Inc. (TCFWA | TCF Australia | TCF Global)
Providing opportunities, support and resources for the Fashion & TCF Industries across WA, Australia and globally
The Textile, Clothing and Footwear Resource Centre of WA Inc. (TCF Australia | TCF Global) established in 1998, is a not-for-profit community based association that provides a valuable resource of support and assistance to fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, creative and manufacturing industries for new and existing small business through business skills training, mentoring, support and global trade opportunities.

TCFWA | TCF Australia | TCF Global also provide a member helpline service and development of specialised industry webinars and workshops to better equip those operating in the industry and is recognised as a leader and role model organisation across Australia and overseas. TCF has assisted many Indigenous and culturally, linguistically diverse (CaLD) fashion and textile designers for over 24 years and has delivered many workshops in regional, remote Australia and global communities.

TCFWA www.tcfwa.com TCF Australia www.tcfaustralia.com and TCF Global www.tcfglobal.com has delivered a number of projects and programs supporting the fashion and TCFL industry.

WA
Cloverdale
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The Masters Institute of Creative Education
Creative Education

30 years of expertise, condensed into an innovative creative education collective. The Masters Institute of Creative Education brings together five of Australia's leading institutes to offer a creative learning experience like no other.

Melbourne School of Fashion, Holmes Institute Fashion, HeadMasters, BeautyMasters and MakeupMasters.

3000
Melbourne

30 years of expertise, condensed into an innovative creative education collective. The Masters Institute of Creative Education brings together five of Australia's leading institutes to offer a creative learning experience like no other.

Melbourne School of Fashion, Holmes Institute Fashion, HeadMasters, BeautyMasters and MakeupMasters.

3000
Melbourne
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The Retail Mentors
The Retail Mentors is a community built to connect dynamic retail owners, leaders and rising stars to share our rich collective retail intelligence to elevate our industry with customers at its heart.

We have founded a voluntary Mentoring program for individuals and a Business Mentoring program for businesses.

NSW
Oyster Bay

We have founded a voluntary Mentoring program for individuals and a Business Mentoring program for businesses.

NSW
Oyster Bay
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Circular Sourcing
Circular Sourcing is providing sustainable trims, fabrics and notions for all.

We're making it possible for small businesses and home sewers to source more sustainable raw materials. From deadstock/surplus fabrics to organic trims, biodegradable stretch and other biologically circular building blocks.

VIC
West Melbourne

We're making it possible for small businesses and home sewers to source more sustainable raw materials. From deadstock/surplus fabrics to organic trims, biodegradable stretch and other biologically circular building blocks.

VIC
West Melbourne
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Fashion360
Fashion360 prides itself as a pillar of support for early stage, emerging and growing fashion businesses with services extending from business development and skills-based program deliveries, 1:1 Consultations and Product development through to Production and Sales channels.

We deliver Industry specific programs as well as provide Consultations and Product development services for early stage, emerging and growing fashion business.
We strive to be the ultimate Fashion Business Program provider for creatives wishing to run their own fashion businesses alongside recognition for our ability to deliver the highest quality in our product development services
Our USP include detailed information provided by relevant industry experts who span over three decades of experience, and are genuinely invested in the best outcomes for participants, hence always going the extra mile.

QLD
Manly West

We deliver Industry specific programs as well as provide Consultations and Product development services for early stage, emerging and growing fashion business.
We strive to be the ultimate Fashion Business Program provider for creatives wishing to run their own fashion businesses alongside recognition for our ability to deliver the highest quality in our product development services
Our USP include detailed information provided by relevant industry experts who span over three decades of experience, and are genuinely invested in the best outcomes for participants, hence always going the extra mile.

QLD
Manly West
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Atelier Stefani Pty. Ltd.
Atelier Stefani offers handcrafted and custom designed shoes and accessories for women and men as well as a ready to wear range with the option of personalisation.

All our products are made by hand in our design and production studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. They are products of meaning that are an extension of the customer's personality and self expression. We offer a unique experience to individuals and other brands, involving them in the design and production process to sustainably create something unique that combines style, comfort and durability.

NSW
North Manly

All our products are made by hand in our design and production studio on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. They are products of meaning that are an extension of the customer's personality and self expression. We offer a unique experience to individuals and other brands, involving them in the design and production process to sustainably create something unique that combines style, comfort and durability.

NSW
North Manly
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Fashion Factories
We design, sample and manufacture for Ethical Fashion garments and products off-shore with our verified factory partners

We produce quality fashion garment and products for brands with our Ethically certified factories. We manage the whole process from sourcing, sampling to production and logistics - saving our clients time and money in trying to navigate the process themselves. We work with many well known and successful brands, assisting them in their launch and business growth with our highly experienced and knowledgeable team.

QLD
Broadbeach

We produce quality fashion garment and products for brands with our Ethically certified factories. We manage the whole process from sourcing, sampling to production and logistics - saving our clients time and money in trying to navigate the process themselves. We work with many well known and successful brands, assisting them in their launch and business growth with our highly experienced and knowledgeable team.

QLD
Broadbeach
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IMAGEWORKS
Textiles, Clothing, Fashion & Footwear (TCF) Industry Consulting

We provide a niche, personalised service, and specialised industry and technical knowledge to our government, corporate and industry clients. We liaise closely with industry while operating independently of suppliers and manufacturers.

Products we work with include uniforms, performance and protective clothing (PPC), corporate wardrobes, promotional clothing, accessories and footwear, and health, hospitality and institutional textiles.
We facilitate better procurement outcomes by analysing, simplifying and systemising how our clients identify, purchase and manage their TCF requirements.

IMAGEWORKS uses proprietary and proven tools and templates to address each organisation's specific requirements, and ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability.

We are very hands-on and guide our clients through every step, enabling them to understand and manage priorities and risks, and take control of their procurement processes, outcomes and contracts.

NSW
Five Dock

We provide a niche, personalised service, and specialised industry and technical knowledge to our government, corporate and industry clients. We liaise closely with industry while operating independently of suppliers and manufacturers.

Products we work with include uniforms, performance and protective clothing (PPC), corporate wardrobes, promotional clothing, accessories and footwear, and health, hospitality and institutional textiles.
We facilitate better procurement outcomes by analysing, simplifying and systemising how our clients identify, purchase and manage their TCF requirements.

IMAGEWORKS uses proprietary and proven tools and templates to address each organisation's specific requirements, and ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability.

We are very hands-on and guide our clients through every step, enabling them to understand and manage priorities and risks, and take control of their procurement processes, outcomes and contracts.

NSW
Five Dock
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