Seminars

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Join us across 3 days of comprehensive learning for all you need to know and be inspired by for sourcing and your fashion business.

From sourcing fundamentals through to trend forecasting and learning how best to work with sourcing partners in both established and emerging regions.

The 2016 International Seminar Series is proudly sponsored by Archroma.

How to book

Current Registrations: Will be open when the Seminar Series is announced

Click the thumbnail below to view the complete 2016 program. 

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Click the individual tabs below for each day to review the program in detail along with speaker bios.

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Milou Ket, Director, Milou Ket Design (Netherlands)
  • 9.30am Global Insight: Womens Fashion Trends for 2017/18

With a long standing reputation for predicting trends and translating them both practically and aesthetically, this session is a must for all designers, stylists and buyers.

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Tony Bannister, Director, Scout
  • 11.00am Autumn Winter 17/18 - RHYTHM OF LIFE

This session reviews both slow burning and fast paced trends and how these lifestyle influences impact the coming seasons ranges in apparel, accessories, interiors and homewares.

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David Giles-Kaye, CEO, Council of Textile and Fashion
  • 12.30pm The Council of Textile & Fashion: Industry Innovation and Internationalisation

Learn about the comprehensive array of business support provided by the Council and how you can benefit. Services include strengthened supply chains, international links,  ethical and sustainable product development plus supporting emerging designers.

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Mr. Huabo Yu, Director, Silk Cloth Department, China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Texitle & Apparel (China)
  • 2.00pm How to Benefit from the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Get a comprehensive guide to the recently implemented ChAFTA. Learn practical information on how to embrace the opportunities it delivers Australian business including planning for the all important staged tariff reductions.

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Shri Rajesh Kumar Sahu, Joint Development Commissioner (Handsloom), Handloom Export Promotion Council (India)
  • 3:30pm Sourcing high quality eco friendly Indian hand wovens

Be guided through the extensive regional network of artisan handloom produced textiles from India and their regional specialisations. Learn about this incredibly high quality and eco friendly traditional artform and how your business can embrace it.

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Mike Bellamy, Director, China Sourcing Information Center (USA/China)
  • 9.30am Sourcing in Asia Today: Effective and affordable strategies for overcoming challenges old and new

Join this interactive session lead by one of Asia’s most experienced sourcing experts. Understand how the landscape is changing, where the opportunities lie and how to position your business to make the most of your off shore relationships.

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Milou Ket, Director, Milou Ket Styling & Designs (Netherlands)
  • 10.45am Inspiring Visual Merchandising & Retail Experience: A European Perspective

Retail shifts are challenging businesses globally. Join this visual journey through some inspired window displays and immersive customer experiences from a recent European tour.

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Paul Cowell, Global Head of Brand Marketing, Archroma Singapore Pty Ltd (Singapore)
  • 12:00pm Textile Revolution: Look for Innovation Designed to Minimise Eco-Impact

Learn about the latest innovation in manufacturing technology which reduces environmental impact and delivers a product that consumers are willing to pay for.

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Adam Lloyd, General Manager Product, Jeanswest
  • 1:15pm Innovation: Driving a Fashion Business Foward

Adam demonstrates the importance of using innovation to drive a fashion business forward. He presents insights from experience with successful projects with a focus on design, ethical and sustainable sourcing, marketing and brand evolution.

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Gabriel Waterman, Designer, Coldsystem
  • 2:30pm On track for the future: social and environmental awareness within the clothing industry

Coldsystem is a multi disciplinarylifestyle label that explores media as diverse as clothing through to music. Learn about the brands evolution and how it maintains relevant to its audience and purpose.

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Dr Neale O’Connor, Assoc. Professor, School of Business,
Hong Kong Baptist University (Hong Kong)
  • 3:45pm How to De-Risk Selecting Your Production Partner in China

Discover ways of assessing factory quality and capability before engaging them and the challenges in finding factories for prototyping and tweaking products. This interactive seminar will include videos of good and bad factories.

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Elizabeth Formosa, Director, Fashion Equipped
  • 9:30am Top Tips when Starting a Fashion Business

Elizabeth will divulge her top tips for fashion startups, including what to look for in a supplier and how to prepare for sourcing, as well as the broader challenges of establishing a new business including establishing sales channels and marketing.

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Genty Marshall, Director, New Black Global Trends
  • 11:00am Design Futures X - Future Legacy

Learn the underlying desires that will be motivating designers and consumers in 2017/2018. Hear how the blend of digital and seemingly opposing tactile influences can stimulate unique design solutions from brand through to product.

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John Szwese, Global Brand Manager, Volley
  • 12:45pm Bring Brands to Life

Think big. This seminar will inspire and ignite ideas for your business. Presented by an esteemed brand building, go to market, sourcing and global distribution expert, learn how your brand can be bigger than you ever imagined.

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Jenny Roche, Partner, Ernst & Young
  • 2:00pm Shifting from consumption to experience. Winning in the omnichannel retailing

Dramatic changes in technology and a focus on individualisation has led to a revolution of consumer markets. Discover the practical critical success factors required for businesses to deliver experiential value to their customers.

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