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.
A big thank you to designer Bianca Spender, Kate Bielenberg (Cue), Melinda Tually (Ndless) and Angela Bell (ECA) for taking part in an engaging conversation on ethical practice and local manufacturing at our Sydney Afternoon Session earlier this week! For those who couldn't make it along to the session, here is a quick recap...
Following intense rounds of preliminary judging, the 30 semi-finalists for the Redress Design Award 2018 have been unveiled. Organised by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, this year’s competition has been the toughest cycle yet since the launch of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition in 2011. Reviewing a record number of applications from 56 regions, the expert judging panels scored the applicants based on creativity, originality, sustainability and market viability in order to cut hundreds of ambitious young sustainable designers down to just 30, including 1 Australian designer; Tess Whitfort from Boxhill Institute!
Today marks the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, where 1,138 people were killed and many more injured on 24th April 2013. To commemorate this, the global movement Fashion Revolution Week, encourages millions of people to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes’ and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain…
Image | by photographer and activist Taslima Akhter, returning four years on to tell the Survivors’ Stories of the Rana Plaza collapse. See the story over at fashionrevolution.org⠀
Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) is a vibrant platform for the exchange of the most challenging and contemporary ideas on fashion and architecture.The first SCCI Fashion Hub takes place from 5 to 21 April 2018 — tickets and information available from www.scci.org.au.
We’re excited to partner up with Moral Fairground — an organisation that promotes fair, ethical, and sustainable business practices — for their Fair@Square Ethical Lifestyle Festival happening on December 2 (Saturday) from 11am to 9pm at Federation Square. This is a fantastic opportunity for the best ethical brands to make their products available to an anticipated walk-thru crowd of 50,000 right in time for Christmas!
ALDI Australia introduced the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® in 2009 on their home textiles ensuring product safety for their customers. Now they bring the focus to a transparent supply chain, introducing their new MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® certified bath towels and bath sheets. They are the first retailer in Australia to bring the traceable textile label to their customers.
Get to know CTF Members TESTEX, the independent Swiss testing and certification organisation operating worldwide with the focus on textile testing since 1846! Sustainability, transparency and ethical standards are core principles to which TESTEX is committed. Through their expertise and services, TESTEX supports manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, brands and end-users alike.
This month we catch up with Melinda Tually, the driving force behind Fashion Revolution Au/NZ and Nndless - The New Normal. In her role a as a Responsible Retail Strategist, Melinda advises brands and retailers on responsible business and supply chain strategy, social and environmental risks and develop systems understanding and policies to guide best practice...
Jeanswest Publishes Factory Listing Confirming Its Commitment To Transparency In Manufacturing! Our members Jeanswest are kicking goals with their commitment to all the good things, namely transparency, ethics and the local industry. Earlier this year the team launched their #Homespun range which was made entirely in Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Just this month they have also been recognised on Oxfam’s ‘Nice’ list, and, published their factory listings of business partners across China, Australia, Vietnam and India…
More than just a fashion brand, The Ark Clothing Co. exercise a culture of design with integrity. From their work with local community groups and manufacturers through to ethical accreditation, the growing team of 70 are intent on making a difference. "We exercise socially responsible practices knowing we have the potential to not only transform the way in which we view and understand fashion, but also the opportunity to change people's lives." As members of the Council of Textile & Fashion, The Ark Clothing Co. play an active role in supporting the future growth of the Australian fashion industry and the people behind it.
Ever tried to shop Australian made fashion online? Or, sought an e-commerce platform for your brand amongst other local designers? Meet The Dress Collective, home to 100% Australian made fashion, and the newest member addition here at the Council of Textile & Fashion. Founded by Claire Goldsworthy, what sets The Dress Collective apart from other online stores is the focus on supporting the local community of Australian designers and makers, and the sharing of their stories. The collective values the 'slow fashion' ethos, promoting transparency, ethical practice and quality over quantity.
Ecothreads – Rags to Runway: Where education, design, music and sustainability collide to save the planet one outfit at a time. This weekend, Kangan Institute’s collaboration with Australian Red Cross and Melbourne all-girl rock band Stonefield is set to take the stage as part of the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s Curated Program. Ecothreads, will showcase the designs of the students with a sustainable runway and live performance from Stonefield, all the while fundraising for the Australian Red Cross!