Newsletter

December October September AugustJune May April MarchFebruary
belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – December 2012

 
 
 

TCFWA monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCFWA are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfwa.com.

Season's Greetings

The TCF WA team wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. This is an opportunity to also celebrate your achievements with your staff and suppliers. Our office will have a rest from Friday 21st December to January 7th and we’ll be full of energy and new projects for the New Year to come.

Is your business energy efficient?

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project is providing a range services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. The project aims to facilitate the ability for businesses to reduce energy use, create cost efficiencies and investigate new green business opportunities. Register Now for Free Training and Mentoring

NEWS

Court slaps $500,000 penalty on publishing companies who swindled SME with a bogus ad scheme
The Federal Court in Brisbane has ordered three publishing companies and their director to pay penalties totalling $500,000 for swindling small businesses by spruiking advertising services that were never requested or provided (reported by Smart Company). If you think you have been swindled, contact us.

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
Do you feel your retail shop suffers from high wage rates, high rents, high dollar, higher online competition? Jon Bird in Retail Trends warns us: “The Customer Doesn’t Care” and gives us his opinion on what Customers care about and why. To read the full article contact Clarisse.
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

New law to encourage workplace gender equality
The Federal Government has announced the passing of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 as a landmark development towards gender equality in Australian workplaces. For more info and how this will affect you, contact us

Trends@ MY Fashion Incubator

Promostyl reports on retail trends: In a world that is forever standardized and regimented (even in products or point of sale), these days brands constantly look for ways to make them stand out against the competition. They can achieve this by transforming customers’ personal experience of a shop, developing unique scenarios in which to sell their products and attract customers. A great example is 2012 winner for the Paris Shop & Design prize of “service to individuals”, dry cleaner’s H20, who promote a sustainably durable method of dry cleaning. Since the shop renovation, the design of the dry cleaner has sparked a 40% increase in clientele for an investment of only 15% more compared to the estimated cost of a typical shop. To watch the video or read the article, contact us 

The shwopping revolution

Marks & Spencer has joined forces with Joanna Lumley to launch shwopping – a new way to shop with M&S that will revolutionise clothes shopping and help us live more sustainable lives. The ‘Shwop Coat’ is made from shwopped wool donated by customers in M&S stores or via charity partner Oxfam. The coat is better value for the environment and, at £89, it is half the cost it would be if made from virgin wool so customers save money too! The coat has been on sale in selected stores across UK and online from 10 October. If you are interested in sustainable products, you might also like to read about the Marks & Spencer’s sustainable suit that was launched earlier in the year. For more info contact us

Trends@ MY Green Incubator

Are you looking for some of the key emerging trends in sustainable sourcing, fibres & fabrics and production opportunities? We found the following trend reports for you: Suppliers that are changing lives; Sustainable sourcing & environmental impact; Innovations in sustainable supply & production. Contact us now.

Green Biz Check reports: Inefficient TV's and business usage, electronic displays & presentation media.. Like to know the world’s most efficient TV’s? Contact us for the full list

Denim Sustainability Project: Dyeing Process Survey

Cotton Incorporated, USA, is sponsoring a study of sustainability related to dyeing in denim fabric to be published and distributed world-wide in January 2013. Companies and individuals that participate and contribute includable material will be afforded recognition for their efforts to reduce effects on the environment. In the area of denim dyeing, there is enormous potential for reducing demand on resources including unnecessary dye/chemical consumption, water treatment and energy. If you are concerned about your impact on the industry, contact us to assess new business practices.

Do you know how many litres of water it take to produce one pair of jeans? Send us your estimate and the winner gets a $30 Webinar voucher.

OPPORTUNITIES

Are you looking for an Admin position that will lead your career to a new level?

If you are looking for a job position where you can learn every day, participate in great event organisation, launch amazing projects, improve your skills and help small businesses in their journey, contact us for more details on this available job position.

MAGIC LAUNCHPAD Emerging Designer Showcase

Now accepting applications for Magic February 2013. Application have to include: Lookbook, Line sheet, Marketing material, Financial business plan. Deadline Friday December 6th. Contact Carol for more details

Taipei In Style – emerging trends from Taiwan

Carol Hanlon reports on highlighted emerging design talent and fashion rising stars from the Asian region but also Opportunities exist for Australian designers, retailers and agents. Read the full article

Nigeria Fashion Week 2012

Carol Hanlon reports on the NFW drawing awareness to climate change issues. This year, most of the designers participating in the fashion week contributed garments and accessories made from recycled materials to the ‘going green collection’. Read the full article

CALENDAR

'Live' Webinars – Online Training from your office or home

Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!

Would you like to access $200 Training Voucher?


03 Dec  Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection

05 Dec  Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow

06 Dec  Commercial Leasing

06 Dec  Fashioning Sustainability

11 Dec  TCF Global Sourcing Opportunities

11 Dec  Strategies for Off Shore Sourcing

11 Dec  Creating an Online Shop

12 Dec  Writing Your Business Plan

18 Dec  How to Brief your Website Developer


To book for upcoming events visit www.tcfwa.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777. All our Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.

Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

WA ScamNet Alert: Telethon phone scam

If you receive a phone call from Telethon asking you to make a donation it’s a scam! The charitable trust has received reports of phone scammers pretending to be collecting money for Telethon but NO unsolicited calls are made to private residences during this annual appeal. For more info, contact us

What is the Microenterprise Loan Program?

This Loan is an unsecured business loan for those that are unable to access mainstream business finance.  The key features: Loans from $500 to $20,000; Interest Rate of 5.99% fixed; Up to 3 years repayment history; 90 day interest and repayment free access period; For businesses with five or fewer employees. Contact Geoffrey for more info.

For more information on those topics or Business Assistance contact us: support@tcfwa.com

BUYING MISSIONS

LAST CHANCE:

Hong Kong Fashion Week, 14-17 January


Start registering for the TCF Australia
Buying Mission to Hong Kong Fashion Week. Eligible 1st time buyers can get VIP Pass, Hotel Sponsorship or Travel Reimbursement, Free admission badge, Invitations to official functions, Benefit Coupons Booklet. For applications contact us

LAST CHANCE:

India International Garment Fair Autumn/Winter 13/14

New Delhi, 22-24 January


Join TCF AUSTRALIA Buying Mission to India – you may be eligible for Sponsorship of complimentary airfare & 4star Hotel accommodation for established buyers.  The 50th India International Garment Fair is the perfect show to source manufacturers and showcase women’s, men’s, children’s and accessories. For applications contact us

India International Handwoven Fair, Chennai, India, 5-7 March

You may be eligible for Sponsored Airline flights & Accommodation.

The event will showcase the best hand-woven textiles in quality and design from quality handloom clusters from across India. At this unique Fair Internationally acclaimed hand-woven creations from Indian manufacturers and exporters showcasing embroidered textile materials, wall hangings, shawls, bed sheets, table, kitchen and bath linen, floor coverings, towels, cushions, throws, curtains will all be on display. For applications contact us

OTHER TRADE EVENTS

GREENshowroom, Berlin, GERMANY, 15 – 17 January

presenting sustainable, high-end fashion in the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. The unconventional "slow-fair" concept links the notion of sustainability with features such as design, luxury and the spirit of the age. In this stylish setting, interested trade visitors can view the new 2013/2014 autumn / winter collections from the exhibiting brands. For more info contact Clarisse

Prime Source Forum, Indonesia, 30 January

Recognising the importance of other potential developing fashion markets in the world, starting from 2012 PSF explores further into other parts of Asia with support of local competence to fulfil the needs and better serve the market in a broader sector, including the first successful event in the India subcontinent, now the next satellite event in the ASEAN region. Program includes: Current trends and developments on the sourcing aspect of the apparel supply chain in ASEAN, Challenges and opportunities faced by the ASEAN manufacturers, The effective supply chain alliance in the ASEAN region. For more info contact Carol

Texworld, Paris, FRANCE, 12-15 February

www.texworld.messefrankfurt.com

Apparelsourcing Paris, FRANCE, 12-15 February

Exhibitors from Europe, Asia, the United States and Mauritius make ApparelSourcing Paris a major rendezvous for sourcing for the European market. The wide range of products for men, women, children and accessories offered include the entire price spectrum. – www.apparelsourcing.messefrankfurt.com

BIFF&BIL, Thailand, 13-17 March

set to rock the fashion world with the Rhythm of ASEAN – www.biffandbil.com

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE

To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfwa.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?

Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfwa.com

Looking for a Grant?

Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

Send us your News

Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfwa.com or contact 9479 3777 or further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – October 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.

Road to MAGIC, the official Hub for MAGIC Digital Influencers

MAGIC is a Trade event where the international community of apparel, accessories and footwear professional’s trades information, previews trends, builds business and shops fashion. To follow the trends at their shows and in between visit their blog. Our favourite posts are when they let their influencers loose on the MAGIC floor to uncover new brands, their favourite styles and upcoming trends. www.roadtomagic.typepad.com

Do want to make your business more energy efficient?

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project is providing a range services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. The project aims to facilitate the ability for businesses to reduce energy use, create cost efficiencies and investigate new green business opportunities. Register Now for Free Training and Mentoring

NEWS

Have you completed your Small business scams survey?
The survey aims to find out the prevalence of scams targeting small businesses across Australia, the level of victimisation and why small businesses fall victim. The results will also help to develop strategies to reduce the level of risk faced by SMEs and disrupt scams activity. Open until 18 October: www.business.curtin.edu.au/business/small-business

Second annual Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEFII), Mexico City, 6 – 7 November 2012
The WVEFII provides an excellent opportunity for networking and business development for your company to build relationships and secure business with multinational global buyers.
If interested, don’t miss our webinar Global Platform for action on Sourcing from Women Vendors on Oct 22

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
To compete with traditional Supermarkets, innovative groceries stores like Trader Joe’s and Wegmans in the US, offer a massive selection of private label: not “generic” but fun and quirky items that in many cases are better than the name brands. What can your store offer that bigger ones don’t? Find your way to be unique and adjust accordingly.
When French retailer “Nature et Découvertes” got implanted in its home country, its positioning strategy focused on the creation of a specific in-store atmosphere. All the senses were stimulated: hearing – by birdsongs; smell – by the scent of cedar; sight – by colours and natural materials; taste – by the possibility of drinking herbal tea… Such an atmosphere aimed at reinforcing consumers’ pleasure, by arranging for them to feel certain emotions and enjoy a gratifying experience. How do you create a unique shopping experience in your store?
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Paris pays tribute to Manolo Blahnik on his 40th anniversary
The Spanish-born footwear genius showcases legendary designs at Printemps Haussmann Department Store. The display takes a tour of brand history through its most iconic designs and Blahnik’s personal favourites. The designer’s influences — which draw on his Spanish roots, nature, modernism and Russia — provide the structure for the exhibition.For more information contact Clarisse

Tax time Scam – ScamWatch alerts
Look out for scammers calling you claiming to be from the ATO and pretending that you are eligible to receive a business grant. Read the radar in full on the SCAMwatch website.

Trends@ My Fashion Incubator

See Fashion from another angle
Google launched their intelligent glasses, called ‘Google Glass’, used to film the entire show of the latest collection from Diane von Fustenberg, who wishes “to use this new technology to give everyone a unique perspective on fashion.” To read the full articles and watch the video contact Clarisse

Retromania
Promostyl reports on the return of the ’30s through the onslaught of Superheroes films. Invented by ‘bande dessinée’ creators at the time of the 1929 Great Depression – including a superman able to create a world where bankruptcy does not exist – Batman, Spiderman and Superman invaded our screens and our everyday lives. Content available for Promostyl clients, contact Clarisse for more info

Trends@ MY Green Incubator

Promostyl reports on the Ethical fashion Show: innovative and imaginative projects through top-class artisans, their craftsmanship and their use of fine materials. See what was brought to their attention and where the new trends are.
Meanwhile Ethical Fashion Forum reports on Sustainability in the luxury fashion sector and SOURCE contributor Ceri Heathcote explores innovative approaches to marketing sustainability in the luxury fashion market, with a special focus on online communications. Contact Clarisse to read the full articles. To read the full articles contact Clarisse

Trends@ MY Business Incubator

The Book of Fame
In 2012, the script development of an individual’s life takes the form of a self-published book. Promostyl decrypted this new trend in different articles with Self-publishing platforms and The reality book is officially born where it explains how to turn your emails into a book, but we also spotted the spread of Facebook books…The circle is now complete! To read more, contact Clarisse

OPPORTUNITIES

Board Diversity Scholarships for women closing soon
Seventy full fee scholarships for women will be offered, providing the opportunity to attend the Company Directors Course or Mastering the Boardroom program. Scholarship recipients also receive complimentary twelve months membership. Applications will close on 5pm AEST Thursday 11 October. Contact us for more details.

World Fashion Week upcoming events
World Fashion Week® serves as the global voice of Fashion, as “Olympic Style” platform for the national fashion industries around the world:

  • Central Asia Fashion Week 2012 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – 15-21 October
  • Nigeria Fashion Week 2012, Africa – 8-10 November
  • Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, Bahamas – November  2012
  • Ghana Fashion Festival, Africa – 14-17 November
  • Cameroon Fashion Week, Africa – 13-16 December

If you want to attend, support or promote any of those events, please contact Carol

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

My Fashion Business Coaching
Would you like to have your own Fashion Business Coach to assist you through the challenges of business growth and development? Coaching programs can be tailored to suit your short, medium or long term goals and objectives. Member rates are available contact carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com at MY Fashion Incubator

ACCC webinar – Carbon price claims & your business
The ACCC’s small business webinar Carbon price claims & your business is now available to view on demand. Also covers your business rights and responsibilities – the bottom line; dealing with your suppliers and competitors; be wary of carbon-based scams. Contact us for the link to the webinar

Planning for business success now in the palm of your hand
Business owners will now be able to create new business, marketing and emergency plans using a suite of free iPad apps developed by the Australian Government. For more information or to download the planning apps, contact us

For more information on those topics or Business Assistance contact us: support@tcfaustralia.com

CALENDAR

TCF AUSTRALIA launching NEW TOPICS:

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777. All our Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.
Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

Festival of African Fashion and Arts (FAFA), 17 November, Kenya
Holds it’s annual Fashion for Peace gala in Nairobi, Kenya. Visit www.fafakenya.org for more details

BUYING MISSIONS

LAST CHANCE:  Buying Mission to intertextile SHANGHAI Apparel Fabrics, 22-25 October
Looking to source new fashion and apparel fabrics from the largest apparel textile event in Asia with over 3,000 textile exhibitors? To Apply send your Company Profile or Designer Profile with full contact details to Clarisse

LAST CHANCE: Buying Mission to Nigeria Fashion Week, 8-10 November
Nigeria Fashion Week 2012 will present the collection of 40 designers, 2 shows daily and an Exhibition showcasing textiles, accessories, jewelleries, shoes, bags etc.  4 night’s Accommodation Sponsorship available to eligible buyers. To Apply send your Buyer background with full contact details to Clarisse

LAST CHANCE: Buying Mission to India Market Days, Gurgaon, India, 5-7 November
India Apparel Mart will group 100 apparel showrooms under one roof, a hub for business to business trade and offers a buying platform for buyers. Eligible established buyers receive sponsored airfare and accommodation. To apply contact Clarisse with your business background to receive your application forms.

Buying Mission to Hong Kong Fashion Week & World Boutique HK 14-17 January 2013
Registrations now open for the TCF Australia Buying Mission to Hong Kong Fashion Week & World Boutique. Eligible 1st time buyers can get VIP Pass, Hotel Sponsorship or Travel Reimbursement, Free admission badge, Invitations to official functions, Benefit Coupons Booklet. For more info contact Clarisse

SELLING MISSIONS

Exhibiting at World Boutique 14-17 January 2013 – interested to show at World Boutique in the International Designers Showcase, spaces available from US$873. Contact Carol for requirements.

MAGIC, February 19-21, Las Vegas, USA
Interested in exhibiting at MAGIC LAUNCH PAD, showcasing the newest up-and-coming designers, and accessing the USA Market? Selected designer spaces available from  US$800. If interested please contact Carol for requirements.

Menswear delegation to MAGIC, February 19-21, USA– interested to participate in a group Menswear showcase at Magic 2013 with an experienced USA menswear marketing consultant. For further details contact Carol

Interstoff Asia Essential – Autumn, Hong Kong, 3-5 October:
Congratulations to T-Shay and Pure Pod awarded the TCF Australia ECO designer complimentary display spaces, airfare and accommodation to attend Interstoff Asia Essential – The Home of Cutting-Edge Textiles   www.interstoff.messefrankfurt.com

Taipei IN Style, Taiwan, 16-18 Oct:
Congratulations to House of Zaccaria and CVS Fashions awarded the TCF Australia complimentary exhibition spaces and accommodation to attend Taipei IN Style.  TCFWA CEO Carol Hanlon will be also be attending Taipei IN Style, please send any sourcing queries regarding Taiwan to Carol www.taipeiinstyle.com/english

OTHER TRADE EVENTS

Shanghai Mode Lingerie, 22-25 October
with new swimwear brands at the show and Lingerie Design Week – 10 days to celebrate lingerie fashion and much more…
www.interstoff.messefrankfurt.com

Yarn Expo Autumn, Shanghai, 22-24 October
China International Trade Fair for Fibres and Yarns

Cinte Techtextil China, Shanghai, 22-24 October
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa, 24-28 October
www.afi.za.com

Australian International Sourcing Fair, 20-22 November, Sydney
They are back with a host of improvements and redefined what the Fair brings to Australian business. If you are an agent or manufacturer of fashion, textiles, accessories or homewares, wholesaler, importer, supplier, retail chain store, distributor or private label, then this trade show is for you. Contact Carol for more info and sourcing needs

China Clothing and Textiles Expo 2012 Sydney, Australia 20-22 Nov, 2012
Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

Intermoda 2013, 15 – 18 January, Guadalajara, Mexico
The best way to enter Mexico’s Textile and Fashion Market
www.intermoda.com.mx 

Collection Premiere Moscow (CPM), 26 February – 1 March , Russia
International fashion trade show
www.cpm.moscow.com

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

TCF AUSTRALIA MEMBERS
If your $99 annual membership subscription has expired please contact us to RENEW IT or find the form on www.tcfaustralia.com/membership 
TCFWA is a non-profit community organisation and membership subscriptions assist us to provide services to you and your business.

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE
To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?
Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 9479 3777 or further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – September 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.

2012 SOURCING at MAGIC show, Las Vegas

The August 2012 SOURCING at MAGIC show in Las Vegas proved to be a huge success as attendees discovered apparel, footwear and home décor manufacturers and suppliers from over 43 counties all under one roof. For more info about the next session, contact Carol

 

Do want to make your business more energy efficient?

TCF Australia ONLINE ENERGY EFFICIENCY Training & Mentoring Project is providing a range services to small businesses in the fashion, textile, clothing, footwear, leather (TCF) creative, and associated industries across Australia. The project aims to facilitate the ability for businesses to reduce energy use, create cost efficiencies and investigate new green business opportunities. Register Now for Free Training and Mentoring

NEWS

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
Read about the Boomerang Principle from Jurek Leon. The question you, retailers, should be continually asking yourselves is, “Do you think that customer will come back?”. You process the transaction not the customer; you need to connect with each customer. To do this contact Clarisse for the link to the full article.

Also, this month the Retail Concepts team take on rules in Retail Shops. Eg. Instead of instituting a fitting room minimum, add additional hooks and label them “love, maybe and no” to help customers organize their items and make it more likely for them to keep them neatly on hangers. Contact Clarisse for the link to the full article or for more retail tips.

Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Research helping small businesses to avoid scams by Curtin Business School is examining how often you fall victim to small business scams. Results in 2012 showed that while small businesses are a popular target for scammers, 1 in 8 small businesses surveyed could not actually identify whether or not they’d been scammed.  Project co-researcher & member of the Belmont BEC Management Board, Dr Louis Geneste, highlighted that the proportion of scammed small firms is higher than the general Australian population and also reported that research from the US showed 90% of the cost of online scams involving identity theft was borne by business.  One of the key aims of the research is to develop educational material for small business owners to help avoid exposure to scams. Learn more about the many types of Small Business Scams by completing the survey

How to compete with e-Retail: Provide me with Memories, don’t sell me Product
An American retailer called American Girl approach their market differently by adopting modern retailing techniques. Dolls, like many products, are now available online, but this company encourages its customers to walk into the store and spend at least $99 US on a doll and keep coming back to spend more. How do they do it? Contact us to read the full story by John Stanley.

Trends@ My Fashion Incubator

Big Think reports : Meet the Urban Datasexual
The same cultural zeitgeist that gave us the metrosexual – the urban male obsessive about grooming and personal appearance – is also creating its digital equivalent: the datasexual. The datasexual looks a lot like you and me, but they are relentlessly digital, they obsessively record everything about their personal lives, and they think that data is sexy. For eg. Nike already allows joggeurs to measure and share their performances online and the whole datasexual craze is starting to tip into the fashion mainstream. To read the full article contact Clarisse

Trends@ MY Green Incubator

With the lack of consistent certifications and confusion around labels like “ethical”, “green”, and “eco”, you’d think it’s about time that the industry establish a standard representing transparency. Developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Higg Index 1.0 – although in its beginning stages – has the potential to create a measurable index that will allow fashion companies to address their social and environmental impacts based upon the footprint of their brand, product, and facilities. To read the full article contact Clarisse

OPPORTUNITIES

World Fashion Week upcoming events
World Fashion Week® serves as the global voice of Fashion, as “Olympic Style” platform for the national fashion industries around the world:

  • ASEAN Fashion Week 2012, Malaysia – 10-16 September
  • Lahore Fashion Week 2012, Pakistan – 3-6 October
  • Central Asia Fashion Week 2012 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – 15-21 October
  • Nigeria Fashion Week 2012, Africa – 8-10 November
  • Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, Bahamas – November  2012
  • Ghana Fashion Festival, Africa – 14-17 November
  • Cameroon Fashion Week, Africa – 13-16 December

If you want to attend, support or promote any of those events, please contact Carol

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

Learn more about the many types of Small Business Scams
Are you a business owner at risk of being scammed?  Do you know what the common and emerging scam risks are for small businesses and just what the level of loss is in your industry? If you have not experienced a scam loss yet you may actually be in the “lucky minority”, or you may be very careful, or it might be your turn next, or you may simply be unaware of money already lost! By completing the Small Business Scams survey, you will actually learn more about the many types of scams that are around: www.business.curtin.edu.au/business/small-business

What is the Microenterprise Loan Program?
This Loan is an unsecured business loan for those that are unable to access mainstream business finance.  The key features: Loans from $500 to $20,000; Interest Rate of 5.99% fixed; Up to 3 years repayment history; 90 day interest and repayment free access period; For businesses with five or fewer employees. Contact Geoffrey for more info.

Tax compliance for SME
The legislation has been introduced to expand the director penalty regime, making directors now personally liable for their company’s unpaid superannuation guarantee amounts in addition to unpaid Pay As You Go (“PAYG”) withholding tax obligations.

Changes to director’s personal liability for PAYG and SUPER 
The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has outlined the SME behaviour that attracts their attention, and how they identify compliance risks. Examples include tax performance varying substantially from business performance; inconsistencies in activity statements or spikes in refund claims; and large, one-off or unusual transactions.

For more information on those topics or Business Assistance contact us: support@tcfaustralia.com

CALENDAR

TCF AUSTRALIA launching NEW TOPICS: BOOK NOW

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on 9479 3777. All our Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.
Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

StyleXpose, Paddington NSW,  19 September
An opportunity to give rising Australian designers a chance to show their collection to the public and to show us what they’re made of.

Import Export Show, Parramatta NSW, 21 September
10 exhibitors of key support services and 15 expert presenters under the one roof for ONE DAY ONLY, so you can be successful in international trade. Register now for up to 4 seminars, covering everything you need to know. For more info contact Clarisse

BUYING MISSIONS

LAST CHANCE:
Buying Mission to intertextile SHANGHAI Apparel Fabrics, 22-25 October

Looking to source new fashion and apparel fabrics from the largest apparel textile event in Asia with over 3,000 textile exhibitors? To Apply send your Company Profile or Designer Profile with full contact details to Clarisse

Buying Mission to Nigeria Fashion Week, 8-10 November
Nigeria Fashion Week 2012 will present the collection of 40 designers, 2 shows daily and an Exhibition showcasing textiles, accessories, jewelleries, shoes, bags etc.  4 night’s Accommodation Sponsorship available to eligible buyers. To Apply send your Buyer background with full contact details to Clarisse

Buying Mission to Hong Kong Fashion Week, 14-17 January 2013
Start registering for the TCF Australia Buying Mission to Hong Kong Fashion Week. Eligible 1st time buyers can get VIP Pass, Hotel Sponsorship or Travel Reimbursement, Free admission badge, Invitations to official functions, Benefit Coupons Booklet. For more info contact Clarisse

OTHER TRADE EVENTS

PremiereVision, Paris, 19-21 September
Fabric Show – www.premierevision.com

Fashion Week San Diego, USA, 1-7 October
www.FashionWeekSD.com

Interstoff Asia Essential – Autumn, Hong Kong, 3-5 October
The Home of Cutting-Edge Textiles
www.interstoff.messefrankfurt.com

Taipei IN Style, Taiwan, 16-18 Oct
www.taipeiinstyle.com/english

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, 22-25 October
China International Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories
www.interstoff.messefrankfurt.com

Yarn Expo Autumn, Shanghai, 22-24 October
China International Trade Fair for Fibres and Yarns

Cinte Techtextil China, Shanghai, 22-24 October
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa, 24-28 October
www.afi.za.com

China Clothing and Textiles Expo 2012 Sydney, 20-22 Nov, 2012
Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE
To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?
Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 08 9479 3777 or further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – August 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.


NEWS

Did you know we have a Facebook page?
Like our page to keep up to connect, receive and share the latest business opportunities…
We also Like what you do, so send us your Facebook page link and we will follow you and share your opportunities with our network.

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
From the new ideas received to attract customers back to the stores, Service provider Chargebar has today released a free iPhone app allowing consumers to locate the nearest retail venue to recharge their phone or tablet battery. Chargebars are free-to-use phone and tablet battery chargers that can be installed in shops, anther smart way to attract customers. For more retail tips, contact Clarisse.
Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores? The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Small Business Superannuation Clearing House
The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House is a free online superannuation payments service that helps small businesses with 19 or less employees meet their superannuation guarantee obligations. Read More

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards are BACK!
Honouring fashion’s most inspirational individuals and businesses, the awards are a celebration of excellence and innovation in the fashion industry on a truly global scale. The WGSN Global Fashion Awards focuses exclusively on outstanding design across apparel, accessories, retail and e-tail. Entry Deadline: Friday 17th August. Contact Clarisse for more info

ACCC releases latest report on small business activities
The ACCC report: Small Business, franchising and industry codes January-June 2012 is available on the ACCC website

Trends@ My Fashion Incubator

PROMOSTYL TRENDLAB reports on the Linen trend.
Read their report to understand why, how and where this ancient fabric becomes the fabric of the future. Also featuring two great videos for any designer who wants to know more about linen before making any sourcing choices? To Read more, contact Clarisse

Trends@ My Green Incubator

NICE reports on Reduce & reuse in focus
The outskirts of Copenhagen were the setting for a seminar and workshop with “Reuse of textiles – how do we proceed?” as the main theme, hosted by the Innovation network for Environmental Technology in Denmark. You can read more about this and a completely new recycling mill for fibers being set up in Sweden. Contact Clarisse to get a copy of the report

OPPORTUNITIES

Do you want to showcase your Green ECO Designs?
TCF Australia and Interstoff Asia Essential – Hong Kong – are searching for TWO AUSTRALIAN ECO FASHION DESIGNERS
Who will showcase four fashion ECO outfits* each at the Designer Studio, 3-5th October, 2012 – Sponsored Airfares & Accommodation provided – Contact us to Apply

Taipei IN Style invite you to showcase your collection
TCF Australia and Taipei IN Style are searching for TWO AUSTRALIAN FASHION DESIGNERS willing to showcase their label at Taipei IN Style, 16-18 Oct. Exhibition Booth and Accommodation sponsorship available. Contact us to Apply

World Fashion Week upcoming events
World Fashion Week® serves as the global voice of Fashion, as “Olympic Style” platform for the national fashion industries around the world:

  • Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2012, Africa – 30 Aug- 1 Sept
  • ASEAN Fashion Week 2012, Malaysia – 10-16 September
  • Lahore Fashion Week 2012, Pakistan – 3-6 October
  • Central Asia Fashion Week 2012 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan – 15-21 October
  • Nigeria Fashion Week 2012, Africa – 8-10 November
  • Islands of the World Fashion Showcase, Bahamas – November  2012
  • Ghana Fashion Festival, Africa – 14-17 November
  • Cameroon Fashion Week, Africa – 13-16 December

If you want to attend, support or promote any of those events, please contact Carol

Preparing to Sell to China?
Practical business guides on one of the world’s most exciting markets compiled by the HKTDC Research team are now available (USD26 each): Guide to Selling in China and Profiles of Mainland Cities as Key Consumer Markets. Contact us to know how to buy this report

Bloggers & Designers: Get ready to post great videos of your next Fashion shows
MultiMediaMakers present a new workshop for business owners: learn the basics of video capturing, create the right shots, use your iPhone as a HD camcorder, get high quality audio to capture lectures and events, and edit your story and post it to your own YouTube channel. Also, you can learn how to use various formats to make your story more interesting.  For more contact Clarisse

CALENDAR

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!

07 Aug  Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
07 Aug  Cloud Computing
08 Aug  How to Start a Small Business
08 Aug  Google Tools
14 Aug  Ways to Grow Your Business
14 Aug  Marketing for Small Fashion Business
14 Aug  Creating an Online Shop
15 Aug  Business Planning Simplified
15 Aug  Email Marketing Campaign
16 Aug  Starting a Fashion Label
16 Aug  Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
16 Aug  How to Develop a Specification Sheet for the Fashion Industry
16 Aug  Linking with Retailers and Agents
21 Aug  Importing & Exporting
21 Aug  Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
21 Aug  How to Brief your Website Developer
22 Aug  Marketing for Small Business
22 Aug  Understanding contracts
22 Aug  Managing your Online Presence
28 Aug  Buying and Selling a Small Business
29 Aug  Social Media: Facebook
30 Aug  How To Prepare a Business for Sale

For a full list of upcoming events visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on 08 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.

Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

BUYING MISSIONS

Buying Mission to intertextile SHANGHAI Apparel Fabrics, 22-25 October 2012
Looking to source new fashion and apparel fabrics from the largest apparel textile event in Asia with over 3,000 textile exhibitors? To Apply send your Company Profile or Designer Profile with full contact details to Clarisse

Buying Mission to Nigeria Fashion Week, 8-10 November
Nigeria Fashion Week 2012 will present the collection of 40 designers, 2 shows daily and an Exhibition showcasing textiles, accessories, jewelleries, shoes, bags etc.  4 night’s Accommodation Sponsorship available to eligible buyers. To Apply send your Buyer background with full contact details to Clarisse

 

OTHER TRADE EVENTS

FASHION EXPOSED
Australia’s premier fashion buying event will be on show 26 – 28  August at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. It is the most extensive fashion event on the Australian buying calendar with a diverse line-up of over 1500 local and international brands all under the one roof. Register Now

Sourcing at Magic, 20-23 August 2012, USA
MAGIC unites the international fashion community to forge relationships, share information and shop fashion unlike anywhere else in the industry. MAGIC showcases industry’s expansive selection of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories brands, along with design resources, suppliers, service providers and tens of thousands of attendees from more than 80 countries—creating a hub of opportunity, innovation and inspiration. To know what this event would bring to your business contact Clarisse

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Autumn Edition, 28-30 August  
China International Trade Fair for Home Textiles and Accessories

Ethical Fashion Show, Paris – 6-9 September
This show brings together designers who care about ethical fashion (human, economic and environmental aspects) and culture’s skills. For more info contact Clarisse

Interstoff Asia Essential – Autumn,Hong Kong, 3-5 October
The Home of Cutting-Edge Textiles

Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, 22-25 October
China International Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories

Yarn Expo Autumn, Shanghai, 22-24 October
China International Trade Fair for Fibres and Yarns

Cinte Techtextil China, Shanghai, 22-24 October
International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa October 24-28

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE
To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?
Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Looking for a Grant?
Find grants and funding information for your business on Business.gov.au

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 08 9479 3777 or further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – June 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.



APEC Women in the Economy Forum, June 28-30, St Petersburg, Russia

TCF AUSTRALIA has been invited as delegate of the Australian Government to the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Women in the Economy Forum.  Carol would like to hear from you and invites all women in business to share ‘your’ issues and suggestions for women starting or running a business in Australia or trading anywhere in the world today.  What are the three main areas that have held you back – access to finance? business skills? confidence? access to buyers? support networks? etc. Please share your experiences by emailing carol.hanlon@belmontbec.com

TCF Global expands to USA

TCF GLOBAL now has a partner in Los Angeles, USA.  Members can access information on ‘Selling to the USA Market’ or upcoming opportunities to source or exhibit at Magic International, Las Vegas – the largest fashion trade exhibition in the world.  Members can register interest to carol.hanlon@tcfglobal.com

NEWS

TCF Centre of Entrepreneurship, Ormoc – Philippines
TCF AUSTRALIA is excited to announce the establishment of a TCF Centre of Entrepreneurship at the ESVU University Ormoc which will provide much needed training. Any designers wishing to volunteer to provide design, product development, patternmaking and/or construction training in rural Philippines. Contact carol.hanlon@tcfglobal.com

Fashion source reported: ACCC warns of fines for price fixing
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has confirmed it will launch an investigation into clothing importers who are reaching agreements with overseas suppliers to stop selling their products to Australians on websites or instructing them to lift their web prices. Full article

How to bring consumers back to the stores?
MiiBrand, a new App to drive shoppers to stores, encourages consumers to follow their favourite brands so they can keep up-to-date with activity and instantly access the latest information on sales and exclusive offers wherever they are, from a single platform. For more info visit www.miibrand.com.au

Send your ideas on How to bring consumers back to the stores?The best comments will be featured in our next newsletters.

Ragtrader reports: Study unveils dark side of retail
Market research conducted by mystery shopping company Service Integrity has revealed clothing retailers have worse customer service skills than any other industry. To understand why they came to this conclusion, read the full article

Trends @ My Fashion Incubator

Stylesight reporting on: THE POWER OF THE INVISIBLE
With oil prices rising and sustainability issues high on the agenda of governments, business and individuals the race is on to find alternative solutions to energy in a post oil era. Designers and thinkers are redefining our ideas of power and how we can harvest it… for more info on Stylesight articles contact Clarisse

Trends @ My Green Incubator

Stylesight reporting on ECO CONSUMERS 
Ethical, sustainable and thoughtful consumerism is the new normal. Innovative companies are driving sustainability from the top, while millennials are pushing for change from the ground up. To meet in the middle, corporations and consumers are working together toward common goals… for more info on Stylesight articles contact Clarisse

OPPORTUNITIES

Online survey – please participate
The ACCC has produced a short post-campaign survey for small businesses and small business representatives to test the level of understanding about consumer guarantees in this sector. We invite you to participate in the following ACCC consumer guarantees 2012 awareness campaign – quick online survey (this should take no longer than a minute or two)

2012 Melbourne Design Awards
It is expected that more than 1000 designs will be initially digitalized and then available as an online resource at www.design100.com

What Do You Think is the Biggest Obstacle in Achieving Greatness (and Happiness)?
Discover the Biggest Obstacle in Achieving Greatness in your life and business and vote. Read the article

CALENDAR

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!

07 Jun  Starting a Fashion Label
07 Jun  Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
07 Jun  How to Develop a Specification Sheet for the Fashion Industry
07 Jun  Linking with Retailers and Agents
11 Jun  Marketing for Small Business
12 Jun  Importing & Exporting
12 Jun  Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
12 Jun  Cloud Computing
13 Jun  How To Write a Tender or Grant Submission
13 Jun  Blogging
14 Jun  Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise
14 Jun  Strategies for Successful Sourcing in the Fashion Industry
18 Jun  Licensing
19 Jun  How to Brief your Website Developer
20 Jun  How to Start a New Business*
20 Jun  Google Tools
21 Jun  Understanding Freight Logistics of Importing/Exporting
26 Jun  Creating an Online Shop
27 Jun  Effective Credit Management and Debt Collection
27 Jun  Email Marketing Campaign
28 Jun  How To Prepare a Business for Sale
28 Jun
Understanding Fair Work Regulations

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of TCF Australia.
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on 08 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage.

Never attended a webinar? visit our user friendly guide available online

BUYING MISSIONS

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer, Hong Kong – 3-6 July
This Fashion Week offers buyers a fantastic spread of the very latest in garments and accessories from high-end fashion to mass merchandise. Highlights of the fair include Brand Name Gallery, Intimate Wear Zone and World of Fashion Accessories. Don’t miss this opportunity and join our Buying Mission! Eligible 1st time buyers can get VIP Pass, Hotel Sponsorship or Travel Reimbursement, Free admission badge, Invitations to official functions, Benefit Coupons Booklet. For more info contact Clarisse

India International Garment Fair Spring / Summer 12/13, New Delhi, 16-18 July
Join TCF AUSTRALIA Buying Mission to India – you may be eligible for Sponsorship of complimentary airfare & 4star Hotel accommodation for established buyers.  The 49th India International Garment Fair is the perfect show to source manufacturers and showcase women’s, men’s, children’s and accessories. For applications contact Clarisse

OTHER TRADE EVENTS

Shenzhen International Trade Fair for Apparel Fabrics and Accessories – 8-10 July 2012
Southern China’s leading textile trade. Pre register now with TCF AUSTRALIA. More info…

Fast Fashion Lille TISSU PREMIER 13-14 June 2012, France
With Colour range Winter 13/14 (Twilight – Darkness, Coldness, Rebirth), Trends in fashion fabrics  and trimmings (Collections: Winter 13/14, new trends for Winter 12/13, updates for Summer 13) and Childrenswear for Winter  and Summer. TALKS sessions with PECLERS, TREND UNION and NELLY RODI. For more info contact Clarisse

Sourcing at Magic, 20-23 August 2012, USA
MAGIC unites the international fashion community to forge relationships, share information and shop fashion unlike anywhere else in the industry. MAGIC showcases industry’s expansive selection of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories brands, along with design resources, suppliers, service providers and tens of thousands of attendees from more than 80 countries—creating a hub of opportunity, innovation and inspiration. To know what this event would bring to your business contact Clarisse

FASHION EXPOSED, MELBOURNE, 26-28 August 2012
Once again co-located with the BAGS & ACCESSORIES FAIR and the AUSTRALIAN SHOE FAIR offering extensive apparel, accessories and footwear buying at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. For those looking to add higher end brands to their store offer, PREMIERE the boutique trade event for exclusive brands will be held concurrently at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton (complimentary shuttle service)

Fiji fashion week, 18-20 October 2012, Suva-Fiji

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE
To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?
Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 08 9479 3777 or further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – May 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.


Designedge Innovation Festival now open!

 

2012 designedge Innovation festival has recently launched with over 70+ events being one of the largest community Innovation Festivals in Australia as part of the Australian Innovation Festival.   Staged by Belmont BEC & TCFWA the festival seeks to celebrate creativity, innovation, technology, inventors and commercialisation. Join in one of the ONLINE webinars, events, webinars or forums being staged through May www.belmontbec.com/2012innovation

NEWS

Supply Chain Sourcing From Lahore, Pakistan
Following on from the very successful Lahore Fashion Week, TCF Australia & TCF Global have formed a strategic alliance with the Pakistan Fashion Design Council to provide supply chain linkages with designers looking to source Pakistan cotton textiles, embellishments, manufacturers and/or boutique quality Pakistan designers.  Forward your specific sourcing requests to carol.hanlon@tcfglobal.com

ASIC Roadshow for New Business Name
The new register will enable 1.8 million current business name holders to register their name nationally through a simple and easy to use online service. Businesses will only need to register their name once, and will no longer be required to register separately in each state and territory they operate in. Existing business names currently registered in a state or territory will be automatically transferred to the new register. To find a Roadshow in your state or territory, visit the Roadshow timetable page

Ebay spills on sales
Leading online auction site Ebay has released its 2012 Online Business Index (OBI), revealing its top 2,000 sellers increased their revenue by 45 per cent last year, with almost 160 Australian businesses achieving over $1 million in sales.

Market Fashion to the World Through Hong Kong Hub
As Asia’s premier fashion hub, Hong Kong is the place to spot the hottest trends, keep up with the latest market intelligence and connect with the industry’s top players. A good opportunity for suppliers to display the latest looks, promote brands and launch new collections to buyers from around the world. The July 2012 edition attracted over 1,300 exhibitors from 24 countries and regions, and was attended by over 23,000 buyers from 85 countries and regions. For more info, contact Clarisse

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Toronto Fashion Incubator
The Toronto Fashion Incubator is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala fundraiser on May 3. It is also preparing for the 4th International Fashion Incubator Conference as a host for 2013, following last year’s conference organised by TCFWA in Perth, Australia.

Trends @ My Fashion Incubator

Looking for Retail ideas?
Read the article from Fashion From Spain: Fashion-forward shopping in Barcelona. Singular shops with exquisite decor and select Spanish fashions combine to create a Mediterranean feel. http://bit.ly/HUOmMJ

OPPORTUNITIES

Don’t Serve the Customer…make their Day
Research in the USA indicates customer service has declined by 15% in the last 12 months according to the consumer. All business need to relook at how they are building relationships with their customers. John Stanley’s new training package is hot of the press and addresses these issues. It is available from his webpage at $40 ,but, to TCF AUSTRALIA newsletter readers you can obtain a copy in the next week for only $19.95. Visit www.johnstanley.com.au/daymaker

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability Program – Applications close Friday 11 May 2012
TCF SCP is an exciting opportunity for eligible businesses to apply for funding for $500,000-plus projects that will boost innovative capability in Australia’s TCF industries. For more info contact Clarisse.

CALENDAR

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home
Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business!

01 May  How to Start a New Business
01 May  How to Brief your Website Developer
02 May  Insights into The European Fashion Industry
02 May  Blogging
03 May  Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
07 May  Marketing for Small Business
09 May  Social Media: LinkedIn/Twitter
10 May  Strategies for Successful Sourcing
10 May  Ways to Grow Your Business
11 May  Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise
11 May  TCF Global – Sourcing Databases & Offshore Linkages
14 May  Business Planning Simplified
15 May  Keeping Customers in Difficult Times
15 May  The Path to Australian Energy Security
15 May  Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
16 May  Understanding Contracts
16 May  Social Media: Facebook
18 May  International Fashion Incubator Network
18 May  Empowering Creative Rural Women Through Enterprise
21 May  Protect your Business from Disaster
22 May  Importing & Exporting
22 May  Marketing for Small Fashion Business
24 May  Recruit and Retain the Right Employees
25 May  Starting a Fashion Label
25 May  Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
25 May  Linking with Retailers and Agents

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to  TCF Australia members.
For a full list of upcoming events visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on (08) 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us at info@tcfaustralia.com 

Never attended a webinar?
A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 08 9479 3777 for further assistance.

BUYING MISSIONS

Hong Kong Fashion Week for Spring / Summer, Hong Kong – 3-6 July
This Fashion Week offers buyers a fantastic spread of the very latest in garments and accessories from high-end fashion to mass merchandise. Highlights of the fair include Brand Name Gallery, Intimate Wear Zone and World of Fashion Accessories. Don’t miss this opportunity and join our Buying Mission! Eligible 1st time buyers can get VIP Pass, Hotel Sponsorship or Travel Reimbursement, Free admission badge, Invitations to official functions, Benefit Coupons Booklet. For more info contact Clarisse

India International Garment Fair Spring / Summer 12/13, New Delhi, 16-18 July
Join TCFWA Buying Mission to India – you may be eligible for Sponsorship of complimentary airfare & 4star Hotel accommodation for established buyers.  49th India International Garment Fair is the perfect show to source manufacturers and showcase women’s, men’s, children’s and accessories. For applications contact Clarisse

OTHER TRADE EVENTS

Accessories The Show, New York City, 7-9 May
One of the world’s largest and longest running juried all-accessory trade event. Showcases fashion accessory resources in over thirty classifications.

Who’s Next – Pret A Porter Paris, 30 June – 3 July
New date for the Parisian fashion trade shows. With the recent fusion between the major fashion and accessory trade shows, WHO’S NEXT Prêt-à-Porter Paris unveals its new look.

Premiere Vision – Premiere Brasil, Sao Paulo – 4-5 July
Presenting Fall Winter 13 – welcomes renowned manufacturers from Latin America, United States, Europe and Asia. There, fashion professionals can find a far-ranging offer of fabrics, yarns, fibers, trimmings and textile design for printing.

Premiere Vision – Preview New York – 11-12 July
Presenting Fall Winter 13/14

INDUSTRY INFORMATION

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE
To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?
Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 08 9479 3777 or further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – April 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.

TCF Australia wishes you, your family & staff a safe and pleasant Easter break.

TCFAeaster

NEWS

Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors

Interested to sell goods or services to multinational Fortune 500 companies or wish to source from women owned businesses globally through the International Trade Centre (ITC) program.  The BPW Business Incubator project launched in New York on March 2nd, will assist women to develop business skills to access these amazing opportunities To register visit www.bpwbusinessincubator.com and complete registration and email to carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com

R&D Tax Incentive

The R&D Tax Incentive is the Australian Government’s principal measure to encourage industry investment in research and development. It is a broad-based, market-driven program that aims to boost company competitiveness, improve productivity and deliver economy-wide benefits to Australia. Your business may be eligible for financial benefits under the R&D Tax Incentive. For further information contact AusIndustry on 13 28 46.

Trends@MyBusinessIncubator: AUGMENTED REALITY, OR HOW TO “SMARTSYFY” YOUR WORLD

Consumers are info-hungry: nothing new there. Information gives them the sense, or the certainty, that they have some degree of power and control. It makes them feel confident. This means that information will be increasingly in demand by consumers searching for the very best. Smartphone owners can now access information about anything, anytime, anywhere. Contact Clarisse to read more about Smartsy article.

Trends@MyFashionIncubator: TRANSFORMING FASHION by Stylesight

A number of new fashion start-ups are harnessing the power of recent digital technologies to revolutionize how fashion is seen, networked, manufactured and consumed. From curated recommendations to clever manufacturing processes, Stylesight highlights the innovators that are combining fashion and technology to maximize profits and engage customers in a wholly new way. To access this report contact Clarisse.

Hats off to craftsmanship: A selection of stylish hats and headdresses by Spanish designers.

No longer reserved for special occasions, hats and headdresses are now out there on the street, adding that extra flourish to spectacular outfits. This season brings flowers, bright colour, feathers and vintage-look netting from new design studios which are bringing back the milliner’s craft. To view the selection contact Clarisse.

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley

The ‘how-to’ retail book every manager should read! By retail consultant John Stanley, this book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us to reserve your copy or for more on John Stanley Retail Advisory services.

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE

To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?

Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Send us your News

Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 08 9479 3777 or further information.

CALENDAR

‘Live’ Webinars – Online Training from your office or home

Improve your business skills to move into the new era of business! 

Like to access $200 Training Voucher – contact Belmont BEC to put together your personalised training plan.

03 April Credit Management & Debt Collection

03 April Creating an Online Shop

04 April How to Start a New Business*

04 April Business Planning Simplified

04 April Working With A Web Developer

07 April Meet the Inventors

11 April Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow

11 April Get Your Business Online 

13 April Protect your Business from Disaster

16 April Writing a Tender or Grant Submission

17 April Importing & Exporting

17 April Cloud Computing

18 April How to Start a New Business*

18 April Fashion Industry IP*

18 April Google Tools

19 April Starting a Fashion Label

19 April Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls

19 April Linking with Retailers and Agents

20 April How to Start a New Business*

23 April Commercial Leasing

23 April Buying and Selling a Small Business

23 April Ways to Grow Your Business

24 April Structure Appropriate For Small Business

24 April Marketing for Small Business

24 April Marketing for Small Fashion Business

24 April Keeping Customers in Difficult Times

26 April How To Prepare a Business for Sale

26 April Freight Logistics of Importing/Exporting

26 April Legal Issues for Small Business

27 April Fair Work

30 April Licensing

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of TCF Australia. 

For a full list of upcoming events in April visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on (08) 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us at info@tcfaustralia.com

Never attended a webinar? 

A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 08 9479 3777 for further assistance.

TRADE EVENTS

PFDC Fashion Week, Pakistan – April 13 – 16

The event will take place in the historic city of Lahore, featuring prêt-porter collections for luxury/prêt 2012 from country’s various leading designers, including industry luminaries as well as emerging talent.

LAST CHANCENEW  TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to India Home Expo, New Delhi, 15-18 April 

A one stop expo for all your sourcing needs for a variety of home products and sourcing destination for importers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and speciality stores for a variety of Houseware products that includes home textiles, furnishings, home decoratives, curtains, draperies, furniture, rugs, wall hangings, kitchenware, bathroom and garden products. Eligible Buyers will receive Sponsored Airline flights & Accommodation for info@tcfaustralia.com”>Clarisse.

Perth Fashion Week 2012, 19- 23 April 

Perth Fashion Week is WA’s most anticipated and directional fashion trade event with international buyers and designers attending. It will be hosted annually and will coincide with the Australian Spring/Summer peak buying season. Be part of all the excitement and register now on www.perthfashionweek.com.au and Like the TCF Australia Facebook page to receive the latest News.

Accessories The Show, 7-9 May, New York City

OPPORTUNITIES

Bespoke, the tailor-made design area by LE CUIR A PARIS! Applications close 27 April

Bespoke by LE CUIR A PARIS, France, is the tailor-made design area for the leather sector. An area at Bespoke will be offered to selected candidates. It showcases the expertise, innovations and techniques available to enhance ready-to-wear, accessories or interior design collections. Contact Clarisse for further information.

Textile, Clothing and Footwear Strategic Capability Program (TCF SCP) offers grants from $250,000 

TCF SCP is an exciting opportunity for eligible businesses to apply for funding for $500,000-plus projects that will boost innovative capability in Australia’s TCF industries. For more information visit ausindustry.gov.au and follow the links to the TCF Strategic Capability Program. To obtain the word-fillable application form, phone the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46 or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – March 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.

NEWS

Creative Rural Women through Enterprise Development and Global Fashion Opportunities
TCF Global and Belmont BEC are presenting a seminar in New York, March 2 with guest speakers from around the globe including Trend Forecasting from Stylesight; Nigeria Fashion Week; World Fashion Organisation. BBEC & TCF CEO Carol Hanlon is also attending the United Nations CSW general sessions as delegate BPW. Visit www.tcfaustralia.com/empoweringwomen or email carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com for further information.

EDI BOOTCAMP – March 17, 9am-1pm PST (L.A. time)
Want to do business in the USA? Get an operational view of EDI & all the elements necessary to successfully do business with large retailers while minimizing errors and chargebacks. This class is for Fashion business owners who want to plan for the operational details & costs involved, and CEO’s who have gotten their first order from a major retailer & urgently need background. Presented by Fashion Biz Inc. LA. To receive the flyer with all the details, contact Clarisse.

Scam Alert: Fake Government Grant Cold-Calls
Scammers claiming to represent the Australian Government have been targeting Australians. The Department has identified a cold-call scam operation where the scammer announces themselves as the Australian Government Grants Department and claims ownership of the Government’s website www.grantslink.gov.au. If you receive a suspicious call take care with any information you provide and if unsure call 1800 026 222 (toll free). More details online.

Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors
Interested to sell goods or services to multinational Fortune 500 companies or wish to source from women owned businesses globally through the International Trade Centre (ITC) program.  BPW Business Incubator project being launched in New York on March 2, will assist women to develop business skills to access these amazing opportunities To register visit www.bpwbusinessincubator.com and email carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com completed registration form.

Trends@My Fashion Incubator: Stylesight shows us the Colour of the Year
Named as Pantone’s 2012 Colour of the Year, TANGERINE TANGO is an energetic red-orange that translates for all markets and enlivens a variety of designs from statement-making wall paints to vibrant contrast details on clothing and accessories. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive Director at Pantone Colour Institute: “Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy”.

Trends @ My Business Incubator: John Stanley reports on the retail Trends for 2012
Weekday Convenience and Weekend Experience will be the major drivers in 2012 in retailing. The consumer will expect you to provide convenience in the week which may mean you will need to offer different services in the week. At the weekend they want your store to WOW them and therefore more theatrical events will need to be organised at weekends to catch the consumer’s attention. For more info and retail trends contact Clarisse.

Fashion Industry Code to be based on Global Compact Principles
The UN Global Compact announced a new collaboration with the Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical (NICE) to develop a fashion industry code based on Global Compact principles. The code will be launched on 3 May 2012 in Copenhagen at the world’s largest summit on sustainability in fashion, the Copenhagen Fashion Summit, held under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark. Contact info@tcfaustralia.com for further information.

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley
The ‘how-to’ retail book every manager should read! By retail consultant John Stanley, this book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us to reserve your copy or for more on John Stanley Retail Advisory services.

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE
To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer or Sourcing Agent looking for new Clients?
Become a member of TCF Australia and we can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Send us your News
Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Email info@tcfaustralia.com or contact 08 9479 3777 or further information.

Speaker Opportunities
Belmont BEC is calling for guest presenters who would like to participate in the 2012 Designedge Innovation Festival to run nationally April16-May31.  An associate festival of the Australian Innovation Festival this is a great opportunity to present to new networks.  Forward your speaker profile and presentation topic to support@belmontbec.com

Digital Futures Forum, March 29
Digital Futures Forum 2012 showcasing current and future benefits and trends of the digital economy. Find out how business, industry and large scale government services will be transformed by new digital initiatives such as the National Broadband Network (NBN).For further information please contact info@belmontbec.com

CALENDAR

‘Live’ Webinars
Online Training from your office or home

06 March    How to Brief your Website Developer
07 March    How to Start a New Business
07 March    Blogging
12 March    Pricing, Costing & Cash Flow
12 March    Writing Tender or Grant Submissions
13 March    Media Strategy: Using Online Tools
13 March    SEO & Google Adwords
14 March    Marketing for Small Business
14 March    Social Media: LinkedIn/Twitter
15 March    Starting a Fashion Label
15 March    Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls
15 March    Linking with Retailers and Agents
19 March    How to Start a New Business
19 March    Keeping Customers in Difficult Times
19 March    Protect your Business from Disaster
20 March    E-commerce & Online Databases
21 March    Business Planning Simplified
21 March    Social Media: Facebook
22 March    How To Prepare a Business for Sale
26 March    Buying and Selling a Small Business
27 March    Importing & Exporting
27 March    Credit Management & Debt Collection
27 March    Marketing for Small Fashion Business
27 March    Creating an Online Shop
28 March    Email Marketing Campaign
30 March    Ways to Grow Your Business

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of TCF Australia.
For a full list of upcoming events in March visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on (08) 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact us.

Never attended a webinar?
A Web-based seminar is great way to participate in a seminar without leaving the Office or Home. For first time attendees or if you would like to maximise your understanding of how to use webinar functions to your full potential visit our user friendly guide available online or contact 08 9479 3777 for further assistance.

TRADE EVENTS

LAST CHANCE NEW TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION Australian Buying Mission to Preview In Daegu, Korea 7- 9 March
PREVIEW IN DAEGU is a global platform for international textile business, and is quickly gaining traction as a Premier Textile Trade Show which showcases new materials to domestic and overseas buyers. Exhibitors include: Korean Textile Manufacturers, Synthetic and Natural Materials, Home Textiles, Fashion Accessories, Industrial Textiles and more. Eligible Established buyers will receive sponsored Round-Trip Airfare contribution and up to four night’s Accommodation. To apply contact Clarisse.

Interstoff Asia Essential – Spring 2012, 14-16 March – Hong Kong

LAST CHANCE NEW TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to India International Handwoven Fair, Chennai, India, 27-29 March
Showcasing the best handwoven textiles in quality and design from quality handloom clusters from across India. At this unique Fair Internationally acclaimed handwoven creations from Indian manufacturers and exporters showcasing embroidered textile materials, wall hangings, shawls, bed sheets, table, kitchen and bath linen, floor coverings, towels, cushions, throws, curtains will all be on display.  Eligible Buyers will receive Sponsored Airline flights, Accommodation & Tour to Handweavers village. To apply contact Clarisse.

LAST CHANCE NEW TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to FASHION ACCESS Hong Kong 28–30 March
Visit Fashion Access, the international fashion fair in Hong Kong for bags, footwear, luggage, leather goods, leather garments and fashion accessories; Cash contribution to attend this event is available to approved bueyrs. To apply contact Clarisse.

LAST CHANCE NEW  TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to India Home Expo, New Delhi, 15-18 April
A one stop expo for all your sourcing needs for a variety of home products and sourcing destination for importers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and speciality stores for a variety of Houseware products that includes home textiles, furnishings, home decoratives, curtains, draperies, furniture, rugs, wall hangings, kitchenware, bathroom and garden products. Eligible Buyers will receive Sponsored Airline flights & Accommodation for up to three nights during the show. To apply contact Clarisse.

Islamabad Fashion Week, Pakistan, March 1-3
International Fashion Consultant Margaret Farrell (TCFWA Committee member) is leading an International buyer, media and designer mission to Islamabad Fashion Week. Buyers wishing to connect with Pakistani designers or designers looking for textiles or manufacturers contact carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com

Perth Fashion Week 2012, 19- 23 April
Perth Fashion Week is WA’s most anticipated and directional fashion trade event with international buyers and designers attending. It will be hosted annually and will coincide with the Australian Spring/Summer peak buying season. Be part of all the excitement and register now on www.perthfashionweek.com.au
 
Opportunities are available to showcase in the Exhibition Booths so that designers can do direct business to business with buyers. For further details please contact Sylvia Giacci on (08) 9381 4477 or email sylvia@perthfashionweek.com.au

Accessories The Show, 7-9 May, New York City

OPPORTUNITIES

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – Applications close March 13
The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition designed to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs. The application period closes March 13. Contact info@tcfaustralia.com or apply online.

3 Wishes Year of the Dragon Competition
Congratulations to Anita Kidd , Mosquita, WA who won 3 hours of mentoring with her wishes to sell to more retailers; establish better work/life balance as young mum running homebased business; expand her jewellery business. We had a huge response from across Australia of entries and will allocate 10 runner-up vouchers of a complimentary ‘live’ webinar (valued $20) in the topic best suited to assist each entrants wishes come true.

Bulk Fabric Available
A large quantity of hemp/cotton T-shirt knit and rib is available – from a deceased estate. Natural (cream), black and red.  Unbelievable pricing for whole rolls.  Not-for-profit organisations or educational institutions particularly encouraged to enquire. Contact  08 9291 3800 or email admin@hempwa.com

Would you like a free website?
With your own website, you can help new and existing customers better understand what your business has to offer. As a partner of the Getting Aussie Business Online movement to help small businesses get online. Get started online now or contact info@tcfaustralia.com for further information.

belmont_bec_logo
 

News Update – February 2012

 
 
 

TCF Australia monthly newsletters deliver exclusive industry updates, and keep you informed of the latest events and news within the Textile Clothing and Footwear industry. Members of TCF Australia are welcome and encouraged to send in news to be considered for newsletter releases. For more info or to subscribe, kindly email us at info@tcfaustralia.com.

NEWS

BPW Business Incubator project being launched in New York

Providing ONLINE training and mentoring to develop the business skills and business growth potential of women in new or existing businesses, this project will also seek to create opportunities for women to access Fortune 500 corporations who have joined the ‘Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors’.  To register visit  www.bpwbusinessincubator.com and complete registration and email to carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com

TCF Global & Belmont BEC Seminar – UN CSW56 – New York, March 2

As part of the United Nations Commission Status Women (UNCSW) NGO events being ran in New York during Feb/March – TCF Global, Belmont BEC & BPW will be delivering seminar on – Empowering Women in Rural Communities through enterprise development and global fashion opportunities.  Designers wishing to link with women in developing countries for product development re embroidery, sewing, textiles & accessories please contact carol.hanlon@tcfaustralia.com

Small Businesses urged to prioritise trade payments

Australian businesses are increasingly neglecting their bills with the number of severely delinquent payments jumping 28% over the Christmas period, according to the recent Dun & Bradstreet Trade Payments Analysis.  During the December quarter last year, the number of bills left unpaid for 90 days or more grew 20% compared with 12 months ago. Attend the Debt Collection & Credit Management webinar and be more aware of your options to deal with it.

New IBIS report available:  

IBISWorld has revealed the Top 5 Industries that are set to Fly and those expected to Fall in 2012, determined by changes in technology and the way Australians spend, read and learn.  Contact the Belmont BEC for a link to the 2012 report. For more information email support@belmontbec.com

Trends@ MyFashionIncubator : Stylesight studies the new Luxury consumer

According to Stylesight, a new definition of luxury has been established where consumers not only embrace traditional standards of quality, service and craftsmanship but also seek the value and meaning behind the product. Time is of the essence; cultivating relationships is as important as an integrated digital platform. With luxury spending estimated to increase by $26.6 billion, targeting this market has never been more important. To get access to the full report, contact Clarisse.

Buy Small Quantity in High Quality at HKTDC Small Order Zone

Enjoy the flexibility to order in small quantity with the launch of Small Order Zone at hktdc.com.  Same to bulk order buyer, products are available at ‘close-to-wholesale’ price but in smaller quantity. And, since suppliers on hktdc.com are also providers for bulk orders, you can be rest assured the quality of products and also reliability of suppliers. Contact Clarisse for more information.

Trends@My Fashion Incubator: Stylesight reports on YOUTH ATTITUDES 2012/12

This report reflects on a year of social unrest and the revolutionary ideas that continue to shape a generation. For more information, contact Clarisse.

Just about everything a Retail Manager needs to know by John Stanley

This retail book is a wealth of information for every retail manager and store owner. Retailers can collect their complimentary copy of the book from 7 Fairbrother Street Belmont 6104 or be posted within Australia for a $10 postage handling fee. Contact us for more information.

Browse the HKTDC, Trade eMagazines for FREE

To register and get the link for a range of sourcing eMagazines contact info@tcfaustralia.com

Are You A Manufacturer looking for new Clients?

TCF Australia can link you with clients that are relevant to your activity and requirements. Please submit your product specialisation, services and CMT expertise to info@tcfaustralia.com

Send us your News

Members are welcome to forward job adverts, items for sale, events or information to be considered for our monthly newsletters. Contact us for more information.

TRADE EVENTS

Feel inspired at the Inner Garden Exhibition, Canberra, On Now until 25th March 

Inspired by Australian native plants, birds, insects and mammals with a focus on the beautiful Botanic Gardens, five South Australian artists offer you an experience in colour, texture and sound. With the participation of Jenny Hogben with her hand dyed and painted clothing label. For further information contact info@tcfaustralia.com. A virtual tour is also available online at www.eucalypso.wordpress.com

Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles 2012, 29 February – 2 March 2012

Would you like to join TCF Australia Sourcing Textile Mission and receive VIP Buyer privileges? For further information contact Clarisse.

Interstoff Asia Essential – Spring 2012, 14-16 March 2012 – Hong Kong 

Exhibit product range includes: Basic fabrics, Novelty fabrics, Fibres & yarns, Functional fabrics, Eco-textiles, Innovative fibres & yarns, Textile design, Trend forecast & trend publication, CAD/CAM, Accessories, Garment products, Fashion design/styling services. For further information and Buyer access contact Clarisse.

Miami Beach International Fashion Week, 21-24 March 2012

International and Hispanic fashion event in the US, Miami Beach International Fashion Week™ has brought the best in international and Latin fashion, beauty, music, cuisine and art to the forefront of the American fashion scene. More information on www.miamifashionweek.com

LAST CHANCE TO JOIN NEW TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to India International Handwoven Fair, Chennai, India, 27-29 March 2012  –  You may be eligible for Sponsored Airline flights & Accommodation.

The event will showcase the best handwoven textiles in quality and design from quality handloom clusters from across India. At this unique Fair Internationally acclaimed handwoven creations from Indian manufacturers and exporters showcasing embroidered textile materials, wall hangings, shawls, bed sheets, table, kitchen and bath linen, floor coverings, towels, cushions, throws, curtains will all be on display. To apply contact Clarisse.

LAST CHANCE TO JOIN NEW TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to FASHION ACCESS Hong Kong 28–30 March 2012 – You may be eligible for $500 cash incentive to attend.

You are invited to visit Fashion Access, the leading international fashion fair in Hong Kong for bags, footwear, luggage, leather goods, leather garments and fashion accessories; under a scheme that offers accommodation sponsorship and opportunities to build your network of industry suppliers should you be selected. To apply contact Clarisse.

NEW TCF AUSTRALIA BUYING MISSION to India Home Expo, New Delhi, 15-18 April 2012  – Eligible Buyers will receive Sponsored Airline flights & Accommodation for up to three nights during the show. 

Home Expo India is a one stop expo for all your sourcing needs for a variety of home products. A first of its kind, the expo will prove to be the sourcing destination for importers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers and speciality stores for a variety of Houseware products that includes home textiles, furnishings, home decoratives, curtains, draperies, furniture, rugs, wall hangings, kitchenware, bathroom and garden products. To apply contact Clarisse.

Perth Fashion Week 2012, 19- 23 April 2012 

Perth Fashion Week is WA’s most anticipated and directional first ever fashion trade event. It will be hosted annually and will coincide with the Australian Spring/Summer peak buying season. Registrations are now open for Designers to participate. For more information visit www.perthfashionweek.com.au or contact Clarisse.

Accessories The Show, 7 – 9 May 2012 – New York City

One of the world’s largest and longest running juried all-accessory trade event. Showcases fashion accessory resources in over thirty classifications. More information on www.accessoriestheshow.com

CALENDAR

‘Live’ Webinars

Online Training from your office or home

03/02    Pricing, Costing & Cashflow

06/02    Marketing for Small Business

06/02    Business Planning Simplified

07/02    Marketing for Small Fashion Business

07/02    How to Brief your Website Developer

08/02    Blogging

09/02    Starting a Fashion Label

09/02    Avoiding Manufacturing Pitfalls

09/02    Linking with Retailers and Agents

13/02    How to Start a Small Business*

14/02    Creating an Online Shop

15/02    Social Media: LinkedIn/Twitter

16/02    Freight Logistics of Importing/Exporting

17/02    Keeping your Customers in Difficult Times

20/02    Protect your Business from Disaster

20/02    Writing a Tender or Grant Submission

21/02    SEO & Google Adwords

22/02    Social Media: Facebook

23/02    How to Prepare a Business for Sale

23/02    Fair Work Regulations

27/02    Pricing, Costing & Cashflow

27/02    Building Online Customer Databases

28/02    Credit Management & Debt Collection

28/02    Importing & Exporting

29/02    Email Marketing Campaign

Webinars indicated with an asterisks (*) are complimentary to members of Friends of TCF Australia. 

For a full list of upcoming events in February visit www.tcfaustralia.com/calendar or contact us on (08) 9479 3777.

All Webinars are live presentations that require you to have internet access with audio or can be accessed via telephone linkage. For further information about upcoming webinars and networking events please contact Kaitlyn at info@tcfaustralia.com

OPPORTUNITIES

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards – Applications Now Open!

The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition designed to identify, support and encourage projects by female entrepreneurs. The application period closes March 13, 2012. To apply visit www.cartierwomensinitiative.com/how-to-apply 

Would you like a free website?

With your own website, you can help new and existing customers better understand what your business has to offer. As a partner of the Getting Aussie Business Online movement to help small businesses get online. Visit www.belmontbec.com/GABO and get started now!

Newsletter