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September Student Session


We are excited to announce our September 1st Student Seminar Session, an initiative that kicked off after discussions with Open Colleges Australia, in an effort to engage Fashion Students with Industry Experts. 

The day will see a panel discussion around working in the Industry with members from accross the Fashion & Textile value chain; Chole Kerr of Next State Print, Carla Woidt of Country Rd, Elizabeth Formosa from Fashion Equipped, and our CEO, David Giles Kaye. Following, we have presentations from Sean Sloan of GS1 Australia, Carol Stubbs from The Woolmark Company, and Melinda Tually of Fashion Revolution AU/NZ and NDLESS.

We look forward to seeing you there!

WHEN | SEPTEMBER 1ST 10.30 AM – 3.00PM

WHERE | Textile & Fashion Hub, Building F, 85 Cremorne St, Richmond VIC 3121 (MAP >>>)

TICKETS | $20 Via Eventbrite HERE on sale 19th August **

**If you have a Student Membership with the Council of Textile and Fashion it's FREE - just register via though places are limited so get in quick!


  • PANEL DISCUSSION | Want a Job in Fashion? | 10.30AM – 12.00PM

Hear from a panel of local Industry experts and learn their stories, how they got started in the industry and their advice for graduates and emerging designers.

David Giles-Kaye - Council of Textile & Fashion, Carla Woidt - Country Road, Elizabeth Formosa - Fashion Equipped, Chole Kerr - Next State Print

  • PRESENTATION | GS1 Australia: Barcodes are ugly, but…. | 12.00PM – 12.30PM

Sean Sloan - Manager, Omni-Channel & RFID, GS1 Australia

  • PRESENTATION | The Woolmark Company | 1.00PM – 2.00PM

Carol Stubbs - The Wool Lab Consultant, Australian Wool Innovation Limited, The Woolmark Company

  • PRESENTATION | Fashion Revolution: Who Made Your Clothes? | 2.00PM - 3.00PM

Melinda Tually - Director, NDLESS: The New Normal and Co-ordinator, Fashion Revolution AU & NZ


PANEL DISCUSSION | Want a Job in Fashion? 
10.30AM – 12.00PM

Hear from a panel of local Industry experts; learn their stories of how they got started in industry and their advice for graduates and emerging designers. Joining the panel will be:

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Carla Woidt | General Manager of Design Operations & Innovation, Country Road

Carla manages teams across all divisions within Country Road that are involved in the technical and development side of the business, tech, knit, fabric and textile design. Her role is to bring integration within the teams, so design and development integrate in a way that enables innovation and successful execution of product. 

Prior to her time at Country Road, Carla was SVP Product Development at Theory and Helmut Lang (NY base) where she held a similar role, managing a large team to work closely between the design team and production. In this role she also worked on a Design and Innovation Centre, a new building, that was established to have facilities and machine in NYC to be able to sample and ‘play’ with new ways designing and developing product with production consideration.

Carla also worked as Product Director at Temperley London,  managing the design, development and production team. 

Next State Print

Chole Kerr | Next State Print

Geoff Spink and Chole Kerr founded Next State in 2014. Together they combined years of in digital printing, textiles, logistics and customer service.

“Working with our customers to translate their artwork into a textile is a huge responsibility. We are incredibly lucky to be working with innovative technology to make this happen. One of the most rewarding parts of digital textile printing is the flexibility you have to print as little or as much as you need, not only reducing waste but allowing anyone access to custom printed textiles.”

Working with the latest in digital printing technology Next State specialises in printing natural fibre textiles derived from plants such as cotton and linen. From September 2016 Next State will also be printing on Polyester. Fabrics available for printing come in a variety of different weights, weaves and composition suitable for apparel, accessories and home wares.

Elizabeth Formosa Fashion Equipped

Elizabeth Formosa | Fashion Equipped

Fashion Equipped is a consultancy agency, founded by Elizabeth Formosa, an industry professional with more than 20 years of experience. With extensive experience in various areas of the apparel and fashion industries, and a love of all aspects of the business, Elizabeth is committed to sharing with others her knowledge acquired over a long-term career. 

Elizabeth has worked in various environments, from corporate to privately owned companies, and has owned and run her own wholesale business. With successful roles in buying, product management and exceptional skills in sales, sourcing, product development, brand building, marketing, strategic planning and team management, diversity has been the key to her extensive knowledge. Elizabeth has been fortunate enough to work with quality mentors over her career, providing a high level of business coaching. Her objective now is to share her industry knowledge with others and support them on their business journey. A network of strong, successful industry professionals dedicated to the Fashion Equipped mission also support Elizabeth and her ethos.

David Giles-Kaye Council of Textile and Fashion

Dave Giles Kaye | Council of Textile and Fashion

Dave has been a Board member at The Council of Textile and Fashion for since 2011, and CEO for the past 6 months. Dave is also involved with technology company Imagine Intelligent Materials, which is developing applications in wearable textiles using graphene. His industry background lies in sports apparel with global company WL Gore (Gore-Tex), in business development and R&D, and with a start-up sports fashion brand. Dave has also had experience in performance apparel and equipment for defence, and as a consultant with the Australian government’s Manufacturing Excellence Task-force of Australia.

GS1 Australia
Sean Sloan

PRESENTATION | GS1 Australia: Barcodes are ugly, but…. 12.00PM – 12.30PM

Yes, barcodes are ugly, but why do we need them? A 2 way conversation covering the reasons why this little number is critical to selling anything at all (unless you have a stall at the St Kilda market!) 

GS1 Australia is the leading provider of standards and solutions for over 20 industry sectors. We introduced barcoding to Australia in 1979 and today we enable more than 17,000 member companies, of all sizes, to become more efficient by implementing the GS1 system.

We bring businesses, associations and industries together. This blended community comes to GS1 Australia for advice, networking and solutions to their supply chain challenges. 

Sean Sloan | Manager - Omni-Channel & RFID, GS1 Australia

Sean is an industry expert with more than 25 years’ experience in supply chain operations and data management across multiple industries including retail, general merchandise and apparel.

Prior to joining GS1 Australia in 2006, Sean worked for Coles Group Limited in a variety of store, supply chain and senior IT project management roles. With knowledge and experience in high performing value chains, Sean has been responsible for managing major retail accounts, day-to-day operations of the data synchronisation service, and the identification and implementation of new products and services during his time at GS1 Australia.

Sean is currently responsible for the development and growth of the General Merchandise and Apparel sector to help companies achieve more streamlined and effective supply chains, and to help implement open standards for eCommerce.

He is also leading the RFID and omni-channel retailing charter to assist companies to understand the role of global, open standards in the implementation of new digital supply chains. With consumers demanding greater visibility and inventory accuracy, RFID is seen as an enabler to achieving this. Sean holds qualifications in business and project management.


PRESENTATION | The Woolmark Company 1.00PM – 2.00PM

Carol Stubbs | The Wool Lab Consultant, Australian Wool Innovation Limited, The Woolmark Company

The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through our extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, we highlight Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.

The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.

The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise owned by more than 24,000 woolgrowers that invests in research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool.

who made my clothes

PRESENTATION | Fashion Revolution: Who Made Your Clothes? 2.00PM - 3.00PM

Melinda Tually | Director, NDLESS: The New Normal & Co-ordinator, Fashion Revolution AU & NZ

Melinda consults to brands and retailers on responsible business strategy, communications, customer engagement, partnerships and sourcing. 

She established Fashion Revolution in Australia and New Zealand in 2013 and sits on its Global Advisory Committee. The movement has garnered nationwide press across print, television and radio and has facilitated events and online campaigns in both countries, successfully advocating to all stakeholders in the fashion industry.

Melinda is Deputy Chair of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, the body responsible for advocacy of the Fair Trade movement. 

In 2010, her previous retail business, I Ran The Wrong Way: A Trader of Good Finds, one of Sydney’s most well known retailers of ethical and sustainable goods, was a finalist in the City of Sydney Business Awards in the Fair Trade category and the Lord Mayor’s Sustainable Business Award.

Melinda has a background in film and television production and finance and has presented to both business and academia.

About Fashion Revolution | #WHOMADEMYCLOTHES

Fashion Revolution, established in 2013 after the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh, is a global movement encouraging international and local fashion brands to demonstrate commitment to transparency across the length of the value chain, from farmers to factory workers, to brands, buyers and consumers.  Composed of key figures from the fashion industry and beyond including industry leaders; press; campaigners; consultants; representatives from charities, campaign organizations, designers and academics, it co-ordinates volunteers in over 90 countries to engage their communities around the issues of transparency in the fashion supply chain.

In 2016, Fashion Revolution Week garnered an online media reach of 22 billion with over 156 million impressions of Fashion Revolution hashtags and saw 1400 events held across 92 countries. Supporters include Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Lily Cole, Laura Wells, Amber Valetta, Kelly Slater, Cameron Russell and more. In 2016, over 1000 brands and designers responded to #whomademyclothes including over 370 global fashion brands. Fashion Revolution Australia enjoys support from David Jones, RM Williams, Patagonia, Kit Willow, Ginger and Smart, CUE, Nobody Denim, Akira Isogowa and Jeanswest amongst many others. Fashion Revolution receives annual coverage in all major press publications worldwide.

Melinda Tually Fashion Revolution

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