Innovation for the future of fashionBY Camille Reed
Australia's first exclusive one day conference is back!
The annual ACFC is Australasia’s leading business event on sustainability. The conference attracts over 500 business leaders from the largest multinational companies in the Australian and New Zealand industry.The conference will focus on the role of businesses and organisations and the steps that can be taken to ensure they are ‘in touch’ with fashion sustainability. Given the increasing number of fashion consumers demanding transparency and environmental accountability from brands, it has never been more important for fashion labels to adopt sustainable business practices that will see them ‘win over’ the market and set themselves up for success well into the future.
With natural resources that fashion designers have relied on for generations have depleted at an exponential rate over the past 15 years, we’re potentially facing complete exhaustion of most natural resources by 2030.
The fashion sector is at a pivotal point to mitigate the potential collapse of an industry. A newly formed Australian Peak Industry Body for fashion and apparel, is looking at new measures to save the state of our natural capital and prevent serious disruption.
Australian Circular Fashion – an innovative and sustainably-minded organisation aim to educate and start important conversations with the biggest and most influential parties in the Australian retail fashion industry.
A company’s approach to sustainability management is indicative of how it deals with stakeholders in general, including consumers, regulators and shareholders, it can serve as a proxy of management quality. That approach starts by coming together with other like-minded sustainability-driven enterprises to begin transforming the way business is done in retail circles. The Australian Fashion Industry has the opportunity and market resources to become innovative leaders to overcome world market change. We have the solutions to sustain business longevity.
For fashion businesses keen to stay at the forefront of an ever-changing retail landscape, this event shouldn’t be missed. Conference speakers include Australia’s foremost advocacy specialists and renowned sustainability experts who will provide information about circular design and equip them with the tools and resources to make their businesses more sustainable and economically viable. One full day of workshops on the key pillars of the circular economic/design wheel will also be taking place and each workshop is run by a the lead keynote speakers from the conference and co-facilitated by a local expert.
THURSDAY 21ST MARCH | ST KILDA TOWN HALL, 99 CARLISLE ST | ST. KILDA
FRIDAY 22ND MARCH | AUSTRALIA POST, 180 LONSDALE ST | MELBOURNE
The Australian Circular Fashion Conference will be country’s first ever, industry-only, event focused on fashion sustainability and providing support for future economic growth in Australia’s fashion retail businesses. Participation and attendance for the event is strictly focused to businesses and organisations, not the general public. For more information and tickets, visit www.australiancircularfashion.com.au
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Known in the industry for her can-do attitude, with a feverous passion for recycling and sustainability, Camille Reed is actively pursuing her goal, and is organising Australia’s first not-for-profit circular fashion conference in Sydney, 22nd March 2018. Looked to, as a leader in the field, she is also one of Australia’s most talented and recognised textile design artists. Camille is highly sort after for her textile design expertise and sustainability involvement within the fashion industry.