Free Seminar Series


Join us for 3 days of FREE comprehensive learning to build your sourcing knowledge for your business. From expert sourcing tips, through to colour trends, protecting your intellectual property and more.

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Brian Garvin
Founder and Managing Director, B. Garvin Sourcing, China
  • 9.30am Top sourcing tips: best practices & common mistakes when sourcing from South East Asia

Gain a comprehensive guide of do’s and don’ts when sourcing internationally as sourcing expert Brian Garvin shares affordable and effective strategies for finding and managing vendors. Topics covered will include; finding a good supplier, tips for placing small orders, avoiding scams, negotiating & monitoring purchase orders and what to do if things go wrong.

Dinh Kim Long (Vietnam)
Director of HS Tex Co. Ltd, Member of AGTEK
  • 11.00am Export & investment potential of textile & garment: footwear & leather of Vietnam

Hear a comprehensive overview of the Vietnamese industry and learn about a range of companies specializing in the textile, garment, leather and shoe industries. Discover new contacts and find out why sourcing from Vietnam may be beneficial for your business.

Bijoy Bhattacharjee (Bangladesh)
CEO of the Export Promotion Bureau
  • 12.30pm Bangladesh Sourcing & Investment

Discover more about investment, export, sourcing opportunities and goods and services in Bangladesh. This informative session will provide you with an overview of how working with Bangladesh could be a good business move.

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Nerisha Jairaj
Executive Director, South African Footwear & Leather Export Council
  • 2pm Overview on the South African footwear and leather manufacturing industry

Learn about the South African leather value chain as Nerisha discusses how the South African industry is supported by Government to be globally competitive. Find out about production, imports and exports and why buying from South Africa could be for you.

Ajay Sahai (India)
Director General & CEO, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO)
  • 3.30pm Weaving The Way - Breakthrough in Apparel & Madeups Exports

Find out how working with India could have many business advantages. Learn about India’s global textile trade, their presence in the entire value chain, logistics and more.

Helen Kavadias,
Senior Associate, Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick
  • 9.30am The first line of defence - how to protect your business and ideas when looking offshore

Successful businesses vigorously protect their best ideas and inventions. However if you’re only doing that in Australia, you’re only doing half the job.   Join Helen as she discusses what you can do to ensure you own your intellectual property in Australia and offshore and how to protect yourself in writing. The right intellectual protection, and contracts such as NDAs, employment agreements, contractor agreements and agreements with your suppliers and manufacturers are your first line of defence.

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Elizabeth Formosa,
Founder, Fashion Equipped
  • 11am Top tips for fashion start-ups

This is an invaluable session for start-ups. Establishing a reliable supply chain is crucial to launching and growing a successful fashion business. Elizabeth will share her top tips for fashion startups, on how to overcome sourcing challenges in the early days. Tips shared will include – finding the right sourcing partner, supplier communication and negotiations and developing and sourcing product
within a budget.

Panel Discussion
Panel of Industry Experts
  • 12:30pm Ethical Sourcing Panel

As consumers become increasingly conscious of the impact of their purchases, the global demand for ethical sourcing has increased. Join our panel of experts as they provide insights into the world of ethical sourcing, what it means for their businesses and how they engage the right companies to work with.

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Cao Jiachang (China)
Chairman, China Chamber of Commerce of Import and Export
of Textile and Apparel (CCCT)
  • 2:00pm How to navigate the Chinese supplier landscape

Hear how suppliers in China have been going through a dramatic change since 2005 with the market and costs rocketing and discover how the industry and entrepreneurs adapt to survive the changes. Topics include the export and import of the sector in 2016 and the first half of 2017, main players geographically and trends (east-coast to mid-west), new developments in sourcing and more.

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David Giles-Kaye,
CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion (CTF)
  • 9:30am Growing the Australian fashion & textile industry

The Council of Textile & Fashion (CTF) programs centre around 5 key areas. David will highlight these programs which include; strengthening supply chains both locally and off-shore, helping new businesses become established, developing industry practices in ethical and sustainable product, fostering innovation & design and growing Australian exports.

Sharon Rae & John Eussen,
Fashion Forecast Service & Eussen Lifestyle
  • 11:00am Colour Trends AW18.19

Hear the latest forecast on 4 key colour trends for AW18.19 along with six colour stories across Women’s, Men’s, Kids, Accessories, Intimates, Active and Lifestyle. This will be an intimate presentation of colour trends created by Anna Starmer of UK based Luminary and presented by Sharon Rae of Next Inspirations & Fashion Forecast Services.

Ray Hartland,
CRS International – Australia, Manager, International Services, SGS Australia Pty Ltd
  • 12:30pm How Final Random Inspections (FRI) can assist with quality control

Find out how Final Random Inspection (FRI) could help you identify potential product defects or inconsistencies in batch quality. Learn from Ray as he discusses how FRI could help you avoid last minute surprises in shipment and help take correction where necessary in a timely manner.

Aqeel Panaruna
Chairman & Managing Director, Florence Shoe Co., Pvt Ltd
Vice Chairman, Council for Leather Exports (Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
  • 2:00pm Footwear & Leather Sector in India

Hear about India a significant player in global Leather & Footwear trade, ramping up capacity towards enhancing exports and catering to the large domestic market;  even as the Government of India invites global companies to ‘Make in India’ , in an increasingly liberal and business-friendly environment.