Australia to Focus on Innovation  

Australia to Focus on Innovation  

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The Council of Textile & Fashion (CTF), Australia’s peak industry body for the textile, clothing and footwear sectors, will focussing on innovation capability development during the coming year. It is the aim of the CTF CEO, Dave Giles-Kaye, to work towards growth of the industry, and the path towards this is by supporting the growth for individual companies.

“We will also develop a new Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) directory and ramp up our work in connecting into export markets. We seek to develop community in each of the activities that we undertake, which means we try to facilitate bringing people together to learn from each other and to encourage new business relationships,” said Dave.

“The year started with the launch of our Curated programme for emerging designers, a comprehensive ‘pen range’ incubator to help promising young fashion labels through the first years of their business life. We’ve now had two significant pop-up events (with a third to open at Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW) in the next couple of weeks), workshops, mentoring sessions and celebrations. Curated is now made up of 24 labels (and growing) with plans next year to take the concept to new states,” Dave concluded.