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.”
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…
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…
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…
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.
"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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
AFC CASE STUDY
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…
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!