#SHOPLOCAL: OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN FASHION
Here at the Sydney Retail Festival we are passionate about promoting emerging and established Australian designers.
We believe that there is a huge need for Australians to really support emerging and new brands. Retailers large and small can help inspire and assist individuals who may end up being our next Alex Perry or Toni Maticevski. We do not want to discourage new local talent who bring their individuality and uniqueness to the Australian fashion industry. We want to see more support new brands and designers by purchasing, sharing and encouraging!
We’d love to share with you five organisations that we are inspired by who are also showing their support for the #shoplocal movement and making a positive difference in the fashion industry.
Australian Fashion Council
The Sydney Retail Festival is proud to be partnered with the Australian Fashion Council (AFC).
The AFC exists to promote the growth of the textile & fashion industry in Australia. This non-for-profit membership organisation have five areas of focus:
- Strengthening spy chains
- Growing Australian exports
- Helping new businesses become established
- Developing industry practices in ethical and sustainable product
- Festering Design & Innovation
We are really excited about their AFC Curated program that provides mentoring and business development workshops through a series of popup retail events.
QUT Creative Enterprise Australia
QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) believes in enriching the future by empowering creatives.
They aim to close the gap that currently exists between creative excellence and business acumen by offering a supportive network, and a variety of programs and events tailored for growth.
One of these programs is the Fashion360 Accelerator that provides fashion entrepreneurs with workspaces and facilities coupled with structured programming, mentoring, technical services and networking with like-minded creatives.
Ethical Clothing Australia
It’s no secret that times are tough for the Australian textiles and manufacturing industry.
Australia has a vibrant textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) industry and Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) want to make sure it is recognised and are calling for more brands to produce in Australia. They celebrate and showcase ECA accredited companies who manufacturing more than 50% of their products locally.
As an accreditation body, Ethical Clothing Australia work with local companies to ensure their local Australian supply chains are transparent and legally compliant.
Their website also provides some fantastic resources for brands, consumers and fashion buyers including:
- Directory for accredited brands
- Directory for accredited manufacturers
- Information on accreditation process
- Application for accreditation
- Business resources for legal obligations
Each year at the Sydney Retail Festival we are delighted to have a number of ethical brands exhibiting and we encourage your support of these local labels striving to make a difference.
Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry.
Fashion Revolution seek to unite the fashion industry and ignite a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way.
We are proud that all Sydney Retail Festival exhibitors are transparent about their manufacturing and further, that many pieces are made here in Australia.
The famous Australian Made logo is the true mark of Aussie authenticity. It’s Australia’s most trusted, recognised and widely used country of origin symbol, and is underpinned by a third-party accreditation system, which ensures products that carry the logo are certified as ‘genuinely Australian’.
This certification is a powerful tool for showcasing Australian manufacturing, especially to export markets.