You might already be familiar with the Textile & Fashion Hub, at the heart of many of TFIA's activities and events. The Textile & Fashion Hub formed as the result of a collaboration between The Council of Textile & Fashion, The Australian Government /AusIndustry, and TFIA members Kangan Institute. For those of you new to the Hub, or looking to see how their services can benefit your business - here is an outline of what is on offer...
We'd like to bring to your attention TFIA Member's the Academy of Design Australia and their recent event with VAMFF's Cultural Program: Electronica! The project saw 13 designers from the Academy, work closely with the IEEE-Women in Engineering group to create designs that showcased a range of lighting effects, transforming the look of the garments and event space alike. The amazing display demonstrated an exciting collaboration between fashion design and engineering...
Last month TFIA Members Jeanswest cemented their commitment to traceability with their new Homespun collection of 100% Australian designed, sourced and made menswear. The collection just goes to show the collective potential of our local industry! Australian makers involved in the project included; Rossi Boots, ABMT Textiles, OCC Apparel, Vince Clothing, LMB Knitwear and Loop Leather Co. The range is also ethically accredited by ECA...
Last month the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) and the Australia China Fashion Alliance (ACFA) hosted the China Fashion & Retail Forum in Sydney at the Museum of Applied Arts and Science (Powerhouse). The full day Forum was the first major event in Australia dedicated to helping the Australian Fashion and Retail industry access the China market. Industry speakers included TFIA’s own Dave Giles-Kaye and Editor of Vogue China, Angelica Cheung.
Edward Gribbin, President of Alvanon, the global apparel business experts, will be our guest speaker for the afternoon. Edward will be talking 'Why Speed to Market Matters'. In light of recent topical discussions of rethinking the fashion calendar, speed and efficiency in the product development cycle are crucial to the equation.
The TFIA Training Network | Carolina Quintero
The TFIA Training Network is a one-stop shop for industry specific training needs. From individuals through to larger organisations, the TFIA Training Network offers TCF industry skill development with; accredited qualifications, customised fee for service training, vocational short courses, professional development workshops and seminars. With several amazing courses planned for the first quarter of 2016, here is your sneak peak as to what you can expect and an opportunity for you to register your interest!
First up, we'd like to introduce you to some of the industry experts who will be running the courses over the coming months.
MEET OUR TEXTILE SPECIALIST CAROLINA QUINTERO!
Following the completion of her studies in Textiles, Carolina has over 15 years’ experience in the fashion and textile industry in the areas of textile technology, innovation, product development and procurement.
Carolina began her career as buyer and moved into product development and R&D roles. She has worked at TFIA as Strategic Project Manager for the Textile & Fashion Hub and held the role of Innovation Manager at Pacific Brands' – The Work Wear Group.
Currently undertaking PhD studies at RMIT University, Carolina is working as a teacher and running her own business, providing services for the industry.
Her business, Fashion Within, offers customized consulting and training services in Fashion and Textiles technical areas to ensure improvements on the quality of the final product that will impact productivity and revenue.
- Training in technical areas: Fibers, fabrics, fashion and textile processes and finishes, product development, product specifications, labeling, etc.
- Advice on technological innovations and product development.
THE TEXTILE WORKSHOPS | WHAT TO EXPECT
Carolina will be sharing her expertise, running several textile workshops as part of the TFIA Training Network:
Textile Screen Printing | This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the screen printing process from techniques and methods through to inks and equipment, offering you the information upon which to build and improve the quality of your fashion and textile product. Hone your skills, learn new techniques, and keep up to date with the ever expanding world of textile screen printing. It is ideal training if you want to obtain a complete understanding of the concepts and practices of screen printing and how to translate them into a more profitable product. The course is particularly useful to those wanting to outsource screen printing services and ensure efficiency.
Overview of Fashion and Textiles for Product Managers | Covering fibres, fabrics, finishes and garment manufacturing. This course acts to provide a comprehensive understanding of Fashion and Textiles to compliment and expand upon your existing knowledge.
A Free Evening Short Session for TFIA Members Only | The evening short session will be FREE to TFIA Members. The 3-4 hour session will offer an overview of the fashion and textile basics, ideal for those new to the industry or wanting to refresh their existing knowledge. Bookings will be essential and places limited so be sure to keep an eye out for our updates and register your interest!
Sound like something you'd be interested in? We will be releasing confirmed dates soon but in the mean time you can register your interest for the Textile workshops by emailing us at email@example.com
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates!
Introducing Gido Theilig who be running the TFIA Training Network's Leather Workshops. With 26 years experience in the leather industry, Gido will take you through all you need to know on leather types, production and manufacturing processes and finishes. The workshops will cover the leather making process from the rawhide through to the finished product.
Student Member Spotlight | Stephanie Jones
Introducing Stephanie Jones, our youngest TFIA Member! At only 15 years old, this girl is definitely one to watch. Brimming with passion, her excitement for the industry is contagious.
"I am a girl in a hurry to crack the world of fashion, my goal is to have my name and label up in lights alongside Chanel and Jimmy Choo." Stephanie Jones
Stephanie already runs her own label called Stelle Di Notte featuring children's wear, soon set to expand into flower-girl dresses and bridal wear. Her first range, Holy Communion Dresses, and more of the Stelle Di Notte label can be seen here!
Having recently completed year 10 at Chisholm Catholic College, Stephanie is also studying The Business of Fashion Course part time at TAFE with a focus on learning how to run her own business. Her achievements to date include representing her school at the Australian Apex Teenage Fashion Awards for the last two years, the first year of which she was the youngest designer.
More recently, Stephanie also ran her own fashion parade fundraiser. The event took place in the Perth CBD, exposing her creations to a wider audience and building her presence in the local industry. So what does this young designer have planned next?
"In the future I am planning to study fashion in university, leading me internationally to places like New York which is my dream."
The TFIA would like you to meet Trusted Clothes, who will be guest blogging over the coming months to keep you updated on all things ethical and sustainable across the global Fashion and Textile industry! This week Trusted Clothes founder, Shannon, tells us what the company is all about and what brought Trusted Clothes to life...