Australian Fashion

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

WE THE MAKERS DESIGN FESTIVAL 2020

The National Wool Museum will host a major new biennial Design Festival in 2020 – inviting fashion designers, makers and artists to make items of headwear, neckwear (including scarves), bodywear or footwear and complete looks – which respond to the Festival’s 2020 theme of “Design for the Future: Sustainable and Ethical Textiles and Fashion.”

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Meet | Bábbarra Designs

Aboriginal fashion designers and textile artists from Bábbarra Designs are taking their creations global with an exhibition at the Australian Embassy in France this September! We were lucky to catch some of the designs at DAAF in Darwin this August, and can’t wait to see what they have planned. We caught up with Ingrid Johanson and Jessica Phillips, Managers at Bábbarra Women’s Centre to hear more about the exhibition, the culture and linguistic diversity it celebrates, and the women involved…

M/FW Student Collections Runway and Award | 2019

M/FW Student Collections Runway and Award | 2019

Congratulations to all the incredibly talented designers who featured in last Sunday's Student Collections runway at Melbourne Fashion Week. The AFC were once again thrilled to support the M/FW Student Award, with this year’s winner Chelsea Subala announced on the night!

AFC AT PFW SS20

AFC AT PFW SS20

Paris Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be hosting a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to The Woolmark Company, the Australian Embassy in Paris, Creative Victoria, The Community, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin. Here’s a look at some of the incredible local designers you’ll find in the global spotlight…

AFC AT NYFW SS20

AFC AT NYFW SS20

New York Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be holding a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to Bluestone Lane, The Woolmark Company, the Australian Consulate-General in NYC, jac + bean, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin…

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

The recent Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) and From Country to Couture runway held in August this year has once again highlighted the incredible talent of our Indigenous designers and artists, along with the broader impact that opportunities in the Fashion industry can have for Indigenous communities. The event also saw the announcement of an exciting Industry initiative moving ahead in this space; The Inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards to be launched in Darwin next year.

City of Sydney Supports Emerging Fashion Labels | Recap

City of Sydney Supports Emerging Fashion Labels | Recap

Over the last few months City of Sydney supported the Australian Fashion Council to put on a series of workshops catered to emerging fashion labels and designed to support growth of these early stage businesses in the industry.


Fashion X Technology with Havas | Event Recap

Fashion X Technology with Havas | Event Recap

Last month The Australian Fashion Council partnered with Havas and Oracle to continue an event series designed to bring our industry fresh insights, while also connecting industry members for the exchange of new ideas at the intersection of fashion and technology.


From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

"From Country to Couture" celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers. This year, DAAF are proud to present two spectacular shows on August 7th…

Meet | Thread Harvest

 Meet | Thread Harvest

We caught up with Davyn de Bruyn, managing director of Thread Harvest, to hear a bit about where he sees the industry changing, and how Thread Harvest is constantly adapting to offer the best product to their customers while advocating for a more transparent and socially conscious fashion industry.

A.BCH | AFC Flagship

A.BCH | AFC Flagship

Discover the unique space from A.BCH as part of AFC Flagship, featuring 'Momentary Field', an installation collaboration with Art Director, Marsha Golemac. UN – DYED is both a temporary store and exhibition and will be open to the public for a limited time, from June 23-30, 2019 at Emporium Melbourne.

Pared Eyewear at MBFWA

Pared Eyewear at MBFWA

This year’s MBFWA saw an innovative showcase from AFC members Pared Eyewear in collaboration with Handpicked Wines! Hosted at the iconic Handpicked Cellar Door in the heart of Sydney, the event saw the launch of a number of exclusive designer collaborations for the Australian duo Samantha Stevenson and Edward Baker…

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…

Meet | Citizen Wolf

Meet | Citizen Wolf

We caught up with Zoltan Csaki, co-founder of Citizen Wolf, to hear a bit about where he sees the industry changing and how Citizen Wolf is constantly adapting and challenging the status quo to offer the best product to their customers.

Fashion Meets Technology Series | Event Recap

Fashion Meets Technology Series | Event Recap

Last month The Australian Fashion Council, Citizen Wolf and Handpicked Wines partnered to kick off an event series designed to offer our industry an opportunity to connect, learn and discuss all things at the intersection of fashion and technology.


Meet | AMXANDER

Meet | AMXANDER

For our first Designers Abroad spotlight we caught up with Rong Jake Chen, Co-Creative at AMXANDER, to discuss the brands success in Asia and how Australian fashion is being perceived internationally…

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…

Case Study | iDA Australia & Helen Kaminski

AFC CASE STUDY

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iDA Australia & Helen Kaminski

World Mode Holdings (WMH) group is a total solutions company for the fashion and cosmetics industry in Japan, and has the largest market share of fashion and cosmetics retail job placements in Japan.

In 2018, WMH established a subsidiary in Australia called ‘iDA Australia’ to focus on recruitment in the Australian fashion market. iDA provides high quality, well-trained and hard-working staff to Australian fashion businesses.

Read about iDA’s successful work with the Helen Kaminski brand below…

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“Here is our candidate Yuri who has been working at Helen Kaminski since October 2018, after being introduced through iDA.

Yuri had been working at clothing store in Japan for 9 years before she came to Australia. She was an area manager, and she loved where she was. But she also wanted to challenge herself with something new, so she decided to move to the Gold Coast to study English in 2017. After completing an 8 month English course, she wasn’t completely satisfied with the life in Australia, as she couldn’t seem to get any retail jobs on the Gold Coast. There were no chances to apply her skills and the study she had completed in her real life.  

After receiving an email from iDA Japan, who were looking for candidates to work in Australia, Yuri applied for the program. Once she passed an English test checked by iDA, Yuri had a Skype interview with the manager at the Helen Kaminski Sydney store. She researched in advance and practiced a lot. Due to her effort, she got the job! She received positive reviews from the manager in terms of her experience, her attitude and her English level. She was really excited to join the project to build her career in Australia.

Once she started working at Helen Kaminski in Sydney, she was surprised that the Australian customer service was completely different from the Japanese way. She witnessed many Japanese tourists at the store, so she applied Japanese hospitality when she served Japanese customers and applied Australian way to other customers. Her attitude is always Japanese style such as punctual, hard-working and polite. After a few months, she has been highly evaluated by the store manager and all of other staff members, which lead them to extending her contract for 3 more months!

The following is Yuri’s interview, where she talked about her experience;

“Firstly thank you so much for giving me such a great opportunity. The whole experience has allowed me to grow a lot. I couldn’t be happier that I work at Helen Kaminski in Sydney!

I became confident around dealing with customers from all over the world. And now I know Australian culture and fashion. I would like to contribute to both the Japanese fashion industry and the Australian fashion industry in the future by making use of this experience. To begin with, I want to learn more about fashion management. I am especially interested in staff education and trainings for growing high skilled global talents!

My plan after going back to Japan is to get a manager job through iDA Japan, and build my career in the fashion industry!”


WANT TO KNOW MORE?

To find out more about IDA’s recruitment project and whether you can be involved as a retailer, reach out to Sayoko Hiruma (Manager at iDA Australia) at hiruma@wmh.co.jp.


AFC in Hong Kong | The Melbourne Fashion Showcase

AFC in Hong Kong | The Melbourne Fashion Showcase

Last December saw a delegation of Melbourne fashion and design businesses showcase at Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week, coming together to form the Melbourne Fashion Showcase, thanks to Creative Victoria. The AFC were thrilled to be part of the trade mission, and see so many of our amazing members represented and recognised by an international audience. A big thank you to all who made it possible and a shout out to our friends in Hong Kong who made it such a memorable experience. Here are some of the highlights!