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Wrap Up Of Paypal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022

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Wrap Up Of Paypal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022

The ECA team recently attended a selection of events that were part of PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival, which ran from 3 – 12 March. It was fantastic to see this year’s festival up close and personal! 

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Ethically Made Vs. Ethically Minded Fashion

This was ECA’s panel, which focused on the importance of ethical manufacturing in fashion. The panel included Sarah Sheridan (Clothing the Gaps), Brianna Gaal (Gaal Melbourne) and Elizabeth Macpherson (Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union) and was hosted by Amanda Bresnan (National Manager, Ethical Clothing Australia).  

Members of the panel discussed their journey to become an ethically accredited business and they shared stories about how they manufacture ethically, and how they ensure workers’ rights are protected throughout their supply chain. 


This was the fourth instalment of R E M U S E’s mycology-inspired series, which drew inspiration from earth and organic shapes and formations in nature. This event brought together dreamlike music from local band Bumpy with modern dancers. The movements of the bodies emphasised the natural elements of the designs, which featured atypical cuts, tie dyed shades of blue, and flowing ruffles.

Image credit: @Meaty

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Runway 1 

ECA attended Runway 1 as a guest of Creative Victoria. ECA accredited brands Arnsdorf and Bianca Spender featured.

Arnsdorf presented a neutral-inspired runway with black, chocolate and gold hues featuring prominently.

Bianca Spender also presented their new line, which featured feminine draped fabrics and clean-cut tailoring.  

Image credits: @dancastano

Runway 2 

We attended Runway 2 to see accredited brand Viktoria & Woods. The designs combined neutral tones and clean sophisticated lines, with a variety of patterns and block colours on display. 

Image credit: @lucasdawsonphotography

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Runway 4

Runway 4 was a fun-filled and joyful event that saw breakdancers making moves on the runway. We also got the opportunity to see Nobody Denim’s first menswear range, which brought together androgynous designs, white denim, and embroidered bucket hats.

Image credit: @dancastano

Circular Style 

Hosted by The Social Studio and featuring Courtney Holm of accredited brand A.BCH, this panel involved a detailed discussion about zero waste patternmaking and how brands can do more to reduce textile waste. We enjoyed the technical detail of this talk, as it provided everyone in attendance with a deeper understanding of the challenges of zero waste manufacturing. 

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Worker Story: George from Wilderness Wear

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Worker Story: George from Wilderness Wear

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This is a featured post written by the team at Wilderness Wear, an Ethical Clothing Australia accredited brand. 

George … Ok, his surname might not be ‘Clooney’, but he looks a bit like the movie star. Actually, to associate our George with any sort of movie star would be incorrect, because he is more like a rock star – of socks (does that make him a sock star?).

As the chief behind the banks of sock knitting machines at Wilderness Wear, George has carved out an interesting career for himself. Initially a law student, he diverted his studies to accept a mechanics apprenticeship where he remained until that business closed after moving its manufacturing offshore. Already known to the management of Wilderness Wear, George quickly moved over to his current role.

Part of George’s skill and value comes his ability to manage machines of all different brands, origins and ages. Some, like the old Bentley Komets from the 1950s, are best serviced with a hammer while the newer equivalents by Sangiacomo from Santoni in Italy are highly sophisticated machines.

There is a political claim to fame within George’s CV, and that is the occasion where he made a pair of socks for the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Paul Keating. A man of known sartorial high standards, the socks were surely a fitting match to his fine Italian suits!

A champion – or pin-up boy, if you like – of the Australian manufacturing sector, George is a valuable player within the Walls of Wilderness Wear and is representative of the drive of like-minded companies to keep these valuable skillsets onshore.

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ECA’s Guide to PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022

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ECA’s Guide to PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022


PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival is back for 2022! An annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavours, the 10-day festival will be held on 3 – 12 March 2022. We are excited to see that this year’s program features a number of ECA-accredited businesses. Check out our guide to PMFF 2022 below.


Ethically Made Vs. Ethically Minded Fashion

ECA is presenting a free panel that will look at how ethical manufacturing and other ethical initiatives are incorporated into a fashion business’s strategy and how they prioritise making ethically in Australia. This will be a discussion between Sarah Sheridan, Co-Founder of Clothing the Gaps; Bianca Gaal, Owner of Gaal Melbourne; and a representative from the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union.

7pm on Monday 7th March at The Festival Pavilion in Federation Square


Gala Runway

Showcasing the best in established and emerging international and Australian fashion, the Gala Runway will feature looks from the 2022 Autumn-Winter season. This runway will feature Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti and Viktoria & Woods.

7pm on Thursday 3rd March at Queen Victoria Market




MICO22 is the fourth instalment of REMUSE’s annual mycology-inspired series. The show will feature a music performance choreographed and performed by a local band in concert with models and dancers wearing the brand’s Autumn 2022 collection.

7pm on Thursday 3rd March at Brunswick Mechanics Institute


Arnsdorf X RNTR

At this ongoing experience at Arnsdorf’s Fitzroy boutique, shoppers can discover the brand’s rental collection which is powered by Rntr, a clothing rental platform.

Friday 4th – Saturday 12th March at Arnsdorf Fitzroy Store



Runway 1

Runway 1 at ACMI will showcase a stable of Australian designers, including ECA-accredited brands Bianca Spender and Arnsdorf. Both brands continue to find international resonance through fashion and this runway will culminate in an engaging snapshot of today’s global woman.

7pm & 8:30pm on Monday 7th March at ACMI, Federation Square



Runway 2

Located at at ACMI in Federation Square, Runway 2 looks to be an evening of refined sophistication featuring ECA accredited brand Viktoria & Woods.

7pm & 8:30pm on Tuesday 8th March at ACMI, Federation Square



Runway 4 (Menswear)

Runway 4 will showcase an exciting fusion of influences and inspirations within menswear design. This event, which features Nobody Denim, promises to push the boundaries of Australian men’s fashion.

7pm & 8:30pm on Thursday 10th March at ACMI, Federation Square



Independent Runway

Taking place in the artistic hub of Collingwood Yards, the Independent Runway showcases independent brands whose work resonates globally. This year’s Independent Runway features The Social Studio.

8pm on Thursday 10th March at Collingwood Yards



Circular Talk

Hosted by The Social Studio, audiences will be guided through the design and development of the brand’s collection in their Collingwood Yards manufacturing studio. This will be followed by a panel where design and sustainability experts will discuss industry approaches to reducing textile waste.

1pm on Saturday 12th March at Collingwood Yards



Closing Runway

Featuring Carla Zampatti, the Closing Runway will display both ready-to-wear and red carpet looks from Australian designers.

7pm & 8:30pm on Saturday 12th March at (location TBC)


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How to get involved with ECA Week 2022

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How to get involved with ECA Week 2022

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ECA Week 2022, which will be held on 19 – 23 September this year, is fast approaching!

ECA Week focuses on ethically accredited Australian businesses and locally made textiles, clothing and footwear. This is our chance to celebrate and promote the accredited businesses and skilled local workers in the industry. Scroll down to read some updates around ECA Week.


This year, we are asking all ECA accredited businesses to record and send through a short video using a smartphone. We will post these videos individually on our social media platforms during ECA Week and compile them into a longer highlights video at the end of the week. This is a great way to get involved in ECA Week and be seen by the wider ECA audience.

Please record yourself answering one of the following questions:

  • ‘My name is <name> from <accredited business name>. I / We decided to get accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia because …’


  • ‘My name is <name> from <accredited business name>. Ethical Clothing Australia is important to our business / industry because …’

When sending your video, please ensure the video:

  • Is 20 – 30 seconds in length
  • Is captured in portrait mode (see image)
  • Has a suitable background
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When you have recorded your video, email it across to Please get in touch if you have any technical issues and we would be happy to assist.


To make ECA Week 2022 a success we’re looking to you, our ECA-accredited businesses, to embrace the week and get involved. We’ve got lots of ideas for impactful activities and whether you are a sole trader, small business or national business, there are many ways to take action and show your support for #ECAWEEK2022.

Here are some things that you can do to participate:

  • Host a special morning tea or lunch to thank your workers (and don’t forget to send us a photo!).
  • Interview your workers and share their stories across your social media platforms.
  • Share a video or blog post highlighting your local manufacturing operations, production staff and capabilities.
  • Host a factory or studio tour and live stream it.
  • Record an Instagram Live conversation or video for your audience.
  • Take photos of the people who make your clothes and share their stories on social media.
  • Create a social media competition.
  • Post content about your ethically locally made TCF products.

Please let us know if you are planning an ECA Week 2022 event or activity by emailing


We have created some assets for you to download and use during ECA Week:

  • Social media posts – use these images and the suggested wording in this folder for a social media post.
  • Posters – print out and snap a photo of someone on your team holding one of these posters.
  • Website or blog banner – use this image in a newsletter or blog post about ECA Week.


Posting on social media is a great way to remind your followers about your commitment to Australian manufacturing.

We have created some social media templates and wording examples for businesses – you can view those files here. Don’t forget to tag @ethicalclothingaustralia and use the hashtag #ECAWEEK2022 in your posts so we can reshare them!

Please also feel free to post about ECA Week using your own words and images. Here are some examples from accredited businesses from last year:

We can’t wait to see how you get involved with ECA Week 2022! Keep in touch with us on social media.

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ECA Funding Announcement

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ECA Funding Announcement

Media statement reproduced with approval.

A future Albanese Labor Government will inject $2 million annually for Ethical Clothing Australia to accredit businesses in the Australian textile, clothing and footwear industry.

The demand for ethically sourced products is on the rise. Nine in ten consumers want to buy ethically sourced products according to a recent global survey of 27,000 consumers, including from Australia.

But Australian businesses in the industry face difficulties competing with international counterparts that are reliant on low paid and undervalued workforces.

Ethical Clothing Australia is an accreditation body working with local clothing and footwear manufacturers to ensure their supply chains are legally compliant, from design to distribution.

The textile, clothing and footwear sector played a critical role during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many local small businesses and their supply chains ramping up production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as global supply chains broke down.

‘Australia must be a country that makes things,’ Shadow Minister for Industry and Innovation Ed Husic MP said.

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‘We saw the way the textile, clothing and footwear industry responded to the global shortage of PPE including face masks last year.

‘They pivoted seamlessly but not without some challenges.

‘With this commitment, Labor is standing up for Australian jobs and Australian manufacturing.

‘We know that building transparent and ethical supply chains gives local businesses a competitive advantage.

‘It gives them the edge over international competitors, a secret weapon that yields better profits and jobs.’

Women make up around two-thirds of the workforce, which employs 36,500 Australians. The industry also employs many workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

After almost a decade in Government, 4,500 jobs have been lost in the textile, clothing and footwear industry on the Government’s watch.

In 2014, they slashed $1 million in funding to Ethical Clothing Australia – Australia’s only ethical compliance body.

This is despite analysis from the Industry Capability Network that shows for every $1 million dedicated to new or retained business, the sector generates:
• $665,200 of value add
• 8 full-time equivalent jobs
• $88,300 of welfare savings.

A Labor Government will provide $6 million over three years to Ethical Clothing Australia to bring more local businesses into line with best practice.

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Labor will also use its purchasing power to support local jobs and skills, requiring ethical procurement of manufacturers in government contracts.

These commitments are supported by the $15 billion National Reconstruction Fund, which will build new industries and boost our existing strengths.