AFC Member Julia Van Der Sommen, Director of Sample room is a 25-year industry veteran. Noticing a shift to greater awareness of the provenance of clothes through her Melbourne-based ethically-accredited business, Sample Room. Ms Van Der Sommen has created a new tech product with her team that she believes will change the way designers and manufacturers approach development.
Meet The Fashion Advocate, one of the largest online retailers for 100% ethical Australian and New Zealand fashion. After five years advocating for ethical and sustainable fashion online, The Fashion Advocate is now opening a retail boutique in Melbourne's Bayside to further support Australian and New Zealand fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands. Applications to stock in-store with The Fashion Advocate are now open.
Meet Flaunter, the online platform making it easy for brands to reach bigger audiences. Save time and scale your PR efforts with image management, sample tracking, media lists and reporting all in the one tool. Flaunter is where brands and media come together to create, connect, and collaborate. To celebrate the ongoing collaboration, Flaunter have a series of exclusive offers just for our AFC members!
Planning, launching and scaling a fashion business can be consuming, confusing and expensive. Coming up with an idea is the easy part, but building a business involves a strategy, a plan, and great connections. Fashion Equipped was founded with a single objective in mind – to expose the ‘blind spots’ business owners experience when starting their own fashion business.
Charith Amarasinghe, Associate Director Business Development at Efic, is no stranger to helping Australian fashion businesses get the finance support they need to take on international growth. Working closely with Australian industry leaders he’s seen what it takes to become an international success.
The debut of Tuxedo Melbourne for business and technology in fashion is set to deliver real and raw case studies of disruption in the industry.
The purpose behind Tuxedo is to communicate innovative stories to an audience of retailers, technologists and creatives, kickstarting a movement for innovation amongst the community.
In 2016, the Australian fashion industry was valued at 28.5billion dollars. This valuation is increasing year-on-year, the hand of the retailer is being forced by customers to become more relevant and technology-forward.
Through these conversations, our aim is to help fashion business owners navigate their way into an innovative mindset, and in turn deliver exceptional experiences for their shoppers.