Molly and Patricia from Knovus, a knitting development house.
Andrew from ABMT Apparel, a specialist textile manufacturer.
Dewi from The Social Studio, a manufacturing studio, fashion label and retail space.
Amanda Bresnan was also asked to speak at a Collarts panel on one of the consumer-facing days of Raw To A T.
Chaired by Sarah Conners (Head of Fashion & Sustainability at Collarts), the panel also included Teslin Doud (Sustainability Specialist for Projects at Country Road Group & David Jones) and Ben Kaminsky (Cofounder of Textile Recycling Australia).
The panel involved a discussion around whether we value style over substance in fashion, the role that fashion media and education can play in rethinking the value of fashion, and how collaboration can improve the current state of the industry.
Many thanks to RawAssembly and Collarts for having us!
We are excited to announce that Ethical Clothing Australia will be exhibiting at ‘RAW TO A T’ in Melbourne next month!
The conference and sourcing event, which is run by RawAssembly, is a regenerative and circular sourcing event for the fashion and textiles sectors. It was created to increase the awareness of sustainable solutions and to drive forward new collaborations and opportunities for a regenerative future facing fashion industry in Australia.
‘RAW TO A T’ brings together a diverse range of stakeholders across the ecosystem to explore how, what and when the fashion industry can transform its current model of production and consumption to a system that better protects people and the planet.
Ethical Clothing Australia will be exhibiting 24-26 May 2022 on the industry-only days.
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!
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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.
Melbourne Fashion Week 2021 is back this November 15-21! After a mostly digital line up in 2020, we’re so pleased to see a return to runways and events across the city, many including ECA-accredited businesses. Check out our guide to M/FW 2021 below.
Shifting Fashion’s Status Quo
The first of M/FW’s Conversations series, featuring the founder of ECA-accredited business Viktoria & Woods, Margie Woods.
Monday 15th November 5-6pm
The live stream will be available to watch on the M/FW website or on Facebook.
Fashion X Art @ NGV
Set within National Gallery of Victoria: Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, this runway featuring ECA-accredited business Carla Zampatti presents an immersive journey of fashion and art.
Tuesday 16th November, multiple sessions
The Ian Potter Centre, Fed Square, Russell Street, Melbourne VIC
Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2021 is our chance to come together celebrate our industry, businesses, and of course, the talented and hardworking garment workers who make your textiles, clothes, and footwear! Check out our guide below to see what’s happening. If you can’t attend any events, follow along on social and join in the conversation. We can’t wait to share the week with you!
To celebrate A.BCH are hosting a virtual circular factory tour on their Instagram and are also sharing a ‘Meet The Team; content series throughout the week. Make sure you tune into their social channels here to watch!
Date: Launching during ECA Week.
Bianca Spender is celebrating ECA Week by sharing social and EDM content highlighting their commitment to local and ethical production. Make sure you are following along on social here.
The Next Generation of Wildland Protective Clothing
As the CFA consider the next generation of wildland protective clothing for around 55,000 volunteers, the technicians in the BRUCK dye-lab are busy matching the traditional CFA yellow on the new lightweight, high-strength, high-breathability fabric for field trials. Bruck will be sharing some more insights into this exciting new technology on their social channels here.
Date: During ECA Week.
Citizen Wolf will be posting local and ethically themed content across their social media channels during ECA Week. You can follow along and learn more here.
Date: During ECA Week
Dream With Me
Dream With Me will be sharing ‘Meet The Makers’ stories and content across their social channels during the Week. Make sure you are following along on their social channels here to watch!
Date: During ECA Week.
Humphrey Law Socks
Humphrey Law Socks are running a factory video tour including ‘5 Quick Questions With Staff’ on their social media channels here.
Date: During ECA Week.
Interknit & Branberry
Before I Was A Jumper – Online Event
To celebrate, Interknit & Branberry are hosting a virtual behind the scenes making of an ethically sourced Australian school jumper. You can RSVP to the event digitally here.
Date: Monday 30th August
Justice Denim are celebrating ECA Week through offering a double donation with every purchase made to their charity Project Futures & Destiny Rescue. You can support and shop here.
Date: During ECA Week.
Luna and Sun X Chamani
In the first ECA-accredited business collaboration CHAMANI and Luna & Sun will be holding a pop-up store in celebration of ECA week. All customers will get a gift or discount with each purchase and the founders of both labels, Chamani and Teshani will be there for styling advice and to tell the tale of each forever piece. You can follow along here.
Nya are offering ECA subscribers a free gift with purchase on all orders over $150 for ECA Week
Use code ECAxNYA at checkout. Shop and support here.
Date: During ECA Week.
Discount valid from 29th August to 4th September.
Pankina Clothing are offering ECA subscribers an exclusive 30% off sitewide for ECA Week using the code ECA2021. Shop and support here.
Date: During ECA Week.
Discount valid from 27th August to the 12th September.
REMUSE x Microcosm
REMUSE are hosting an interactive and immersive runway at iconic venue Trader Bar in Darwin, Larrakia Country, showcasing a collection created in collaboration with Darwin based fine artist Ilma Ali. Ilma Ali’s signature collection prints are transformed into natural fibre based organic textiles by local and ECA accredited textile printer Next State Printing. The textiles are reimagined into the shapes of Remuse’s Spring Equinox 2021 Collection. This will be the first time that they have integrated digital prints into their work. Find out more here.
Date: Saturday August 28th
Tatyana Design will be sharing ethically and locally made content across their social channels over ECA Week. Tune in here.
Date: During ECA Week.
The below businesses manufacture the majority of their product in Australia.
Assembled Threads are creating a short video about why they chose to become an ECA accredited business. You can find the video on their website here and social media here.
Date: Launching during ECA Week.
Black Sheep Activewear
Black Sheep Activewear (BKSP) will be sharing content across their social media platforms each day during ECA Week. They are also offering ECA subscribers 10% off sitewide during the week using the code ECAWEEK at checkout. Follow BSKP on Instagram here and visit their website here.
Date: Each day during ECA Week.
Carla Zampatti will be celebrating ECA Week by sharing content across their social and email channels highlighting their Australian manufacturing and ethical work practices. You can follow along here.
Clothing The Gaps
Clothing The Gaps are running an exclusive giveaway during the Week. Make sure you keep an eye on their social channels to enter! They are also hosting a morning tea and staff fashion runway for some of their garment workers. Workers will be able to see how the garments they have made are picked, packed, promoted and styled! Follow along here.
Date: During ECA Week
Have you ever wanted to learn more about Cue’s Australian ethical manufacturing? In celebration of Ethical Clothing Australia Week, Cue are hosting a Q&A session on their Instagram Stories where they will be answering your questions live! Jump onto @cueclothingco on Friday 27 August to ask the team all about their manufacturing and ECA accreditation!
Answers will be shared on their Instagram stories during ECA Week.
Date: Q&A Live Friday 27th August and published during ECA Week.
Keeper Denim will be sharing insights into their local manufacturing operations in Melbourne and what it means to be an ECA accredited business across their social media and email newsletters. Make sure you are following along here.
Date: During ECA Week.
Veronika Maine will be sharing content focused on their garments which are made locally and ethically in Australia across their social media and email newsletter. Make sure you are following along here.
Date: During ECA Week.
The below businesses only manufacture specific product lines in Australia. Make sure you check product descriptions online and swing tags for more information.
Workwear Group are running a variety of activities to celebrate ECA Week that includes interviews with their workers, guest speakers and shining a spot light on brands made in Australia including Hard Yakka and King Gee. You can follow along on their social media here.
Date: 3rd September
Fella Hamilton will be featuring products made in Australia all week on their social media and email newsletter channels. Follow along here.
Media Release: The Hon Danny Pearson MP – Assistant Treasurer, Minister For Regulatory Reform, Minister For Government Services, Minister For Creative Industries.
Thursday 11th March 2021
As Melbourne Fashion Festival takes off across the city and beyond, a new digital tool has been launched to help consumers find Australianade, ethically conscious fashion across the nation.
Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson today launched Ethical Clothing Australia’s (ECA) new online shopping map of accredited Australian ethical retail destinations.
The map shows shoppers where to find ECA-accredited brands at 120 store locations around Victoria, and more than 300 throughout Australia, from any device.
It features trailblazing Victorian brands including Anthea Crawford, Arnsdorf, Clothing The Gap, Denimsmith, Nobody Denim, Remuse, The Ark Clothing Co, The Social Studio, Vege Threads and Viktoria & Woods.
To be ECA accredited, a business’s manufacturing operations are audited from design to dispatch to ensure that local textile, clothing and footwear workers, including any outworkers, are being paid appropriately, receiving all their legal entitlements and working in safe conditions.
The new consumer-focused tool acknowledges that shoppers are increasingly on the lookout for businesses that commit to ethical and onshore production principles. It builds on ECA’s printed ethical shopping guide to Melbourne which was released in 2019.
A recent survey by Ethical Clothing Australia of Australian textile, clothing, and footwear manufacturers, found that 70 percent reported that more customers are asking questions about the labour rights of the people who made their clothes.
Celebrating 21 years in 2021, Ethical Clothing Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports Australian workers in the fashion industry, advocating for ethical, fair, and safe work practices across the sector including fair pay and good working conditions.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson
“We know fashion lovers are becoming more conscious consumers. Ethical Clothing Australia has met the moment with a new digital map, making ethical fashion businesses a destination shopping experience.”
“It’s fantastic to see so many ECA-accredited Victorian brands who are focused on local and ethical manufacturing and protecting the workers across their supply chain.”
“We’re proud to partner with ECA as it works to create a fairer, more sustainable future for Victorian fashion businesses and find innovative new ways to bring shoppers to their stores.”
Quote attributable to Angela Bell Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia
“People are looking to buy ethical fashion and so we’re pleased to be able to give Victorians and shoppers around the country an easy way to map out their shopping via the brands selling local, ethically-accredited fashion.”
Have you ever wondered how many hands are involved in the making of an ethical and local garment? As part of Melbourne Fashion Festival 2021 we launched our photographic exhibition Many Hands: The Making of a Garment in collaboration with The Ark Clothing Co and The Social Studio at Collingwood Yards. The exhibition follows the creation of a garment from initial concept to when it lands in store, telling the story of each step in the process and each talented hand that contributes to the garment.
The night was a sold-out success full of insight into the local industry, a discussion on the true cost of a garment and most importantly the many talented hands that are behind the making of our garments. A big thank you to our guest speakers Lyn McPherson – Director, The Ark Clothing Co, Tara Wingate – Production Manager, The Social Studio and Jenny Kruschel – National Secretary, TCF Union for sharing their knowledge on the night.
Our guests also got a behind the scenes tour at The Social Studio’s new space at Collingwood Yards, with a special meet and greet with Dewi Cooke, CEO, The Social Studio. We also collaborated with Denimsmith who kindly provided a denim tote bag for each guest who attended! You can view the digital exhibition below.
Melbourne Fashion Festival 2021 is here! Although it may look a little different we can assure you that this year’s program still packs a punch and we are proud to see ECA accredited businesses in the line-up! Oh, did we mention that we are also hosting our own event in collaboration with The Ark Clothing Co? Check out our guide to MFF 2021 below.
Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment
Come along and follow the journey of a garment – from creation through to the final product when it’s ready for the runway – or delivery to you! From fabric artists and printers to patternmakers and machinists, this will be a visually compelling story of the many hands that make our clothes. Join us for the launch of Many Hands: The Making of a Garment which will include a discussion about the importance of highlighting the people and the skills behind Australia’s local industry. Expect to meet some other ethical makers at the event, learn more about brands that are made in Melbourne and about the importance of protecting the rights of garment workers. This exhibition is delivered in partnership with The Ark Clothing Co, which has been accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) since 2012. The Ark design and make all their products in Melbourne with their in-house team and their network of valued and trusted longstanding makers.
Gathered from the corners of Nobody Denim’s factory and design studio, pre and post-consumer denim ‘seconds’ have been re-routed to HoMie to create a collection of up-cycled, one-off denim pieces, bringing new beginnings to otherwise discarded garments destined for landfill. The collection will be available for purchase on both nobodydenim.com and homie.com.au with all proceeds going towards HoMie to achieve its mission, to support young people affected by homelessness or hardship to equip them with the skills, confidence and experiences to be more work-ready and better prepared for their future. To bring this to life and further provoke conversation, HoMie and Nobody Denim will be hosting an in-store activation showcasing key pieces.
The pop-up be open daily from 10am-5pm daily, 11-20 March 2021 @ Nobody Denim, 396-398 Brunswick Street Fitzroy, VIC, 3065, Australia.
Nobody Denim Laundry Tour
Back for another year, Nobody Denim is inviting all local fashion enthusiasts to participate in their intimate Laundry Tour, the site where denim is washed, dyed, and distressed.
Hosted by Co-Founder John Condilis and Senior Wash Developer, Sara Fletcher, this 45-minute tour explores the themes of sustainable and local manufacture, though an immersive hands-on denim experience.
Nobody Denim Factory71 Leicester Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065, Australia
This is a free event. Each tour is 45 minutes. Registrations are required, sign-up for tickets via the link below.
Runway 1 presents a line-up of quintessentially Melbourne designers who each emphasise quality production and a customised approach to tailored design. This runway features ECA accredited A.BCH and will be an online event.
A refined display of cutting edge fashion collections will grace the runway within the majestic surrounds of the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria to create an atmosphere of chic luxury. Featuring ECA accredited Bianca Spender and Carla Zampatti.
National Gallery of Victoria, 180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank, VIC, 3006, Australia
Presenting a contemporary line-up of some of Australia’s most prestigious designers, including ECA accredited Arnsdorf and Viktoria & Woods. Runway 4 honours exceptional quality of style and is set amongst the breathtaking backdrop of the State Library Victoria.
State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia
Art Talk: Stanislava Pinchuk + The Social Studio
Ukrainian-Australian artist Stanislava Pinchuk is one of the most intriguing contemporary artists working today. Pinchuk’s upcoming exhibition Terra Data at Heide Museum of Modern Art will showcase powerful drawings that capture the changing topographies of war through data mapping as well as terrazzo sculptures containing the detritus left behind by conflict—fragments of tiles, shotgun shells, SIM cards, plastics and tar. Pinchuk has collaborated with the The Social Studio to create three elegant scarves based on terrazzo works featured in Terra Data. In celebration of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, join Stanislava Pinchuk and CEO of ECA accredited The Social Studio, Dewi Cooke, for a private preview of the exhibition and a casual conversation around textiles, design, inspirations and collaborations.
Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC, 3105, Australia
Come along for an epic evening of fun and frivolity as we celebrate the final runway of 2021. Taking over the Timber Yard, Runway 6 is styled by leading celebrity stylist and Creative Director Lana Wilkinson and will come alive with a dynamic display of leading designers whose collections exude extraordinary confidence and style. With a focus on innovation and wearability, the runway will come alive with fashion that celebrates boldness, creativity and everlasting spirit. Runway 6 features ECA accredited Manning Cartell.
The Timber Yard, 351 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207, Australia.
The Social Studio presents: Atong Atem x Romance Was Born
The Social Studio will utilise a number of spaces across the Collingwood Yards precinct, transforming its retail shop into an exhibition space featuring Atong’s work. The outdoor and public spaces of the Yards will be used to present the Romance Was Born pieces as well as take the audience into elements of the natural world that Atong drew from in her work.
Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066, Australia
Naarm (Melbourne) based label REMUSE returns to present the third installment of their annual mycology inspired series, MICOLOGIA; an ongoing journey into the realm of fungi communicated through a multisensory experience incorporating audio-visual, light art, music, and movement artists, connecting in symbiosis, marking the release of their collection MICOLOGIA III. Taking place on the Autumnal Equinox, ushering in the fungi season, this show will both entertain and educate through the collective exploration of the themes of connectivity, the cycle of life, death and renewal.
Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, VIC, 3011, Australia
Strong commitment to local manufacturing and retaining jobs as industry marks first Ethical Clothing Australia Week
Textile, clothing, and footwear manufacturers remain committed to local manufacturing and retaining jobs in the industry post-COVID-19 according to a survey by Ethical Clothing Australia. The survey of 34 Australian textile, clothing, and footwear manufacturers was conducted in the lead up to Ethical Clothing Australia Week which runs from18-24 October.
One hundred percent of businesses surveyed say they are committed to local manufacturing and retaining local jobs, and more than 70% reported that more customers are asking questions about the labor rights of the people who made their clothes.
And in a rare upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, local garment manufacturers have seen an increase in both new customers and online sales. Almost 60% of survey respondents reported an increase in new customers and 49% have seen an increase in online sales.
Despite the promising responses, the local textile, clothing and footwear industry has felt the effect of COVID-19. While many manufacturers changed operations in a pandemic-inspired pivot to supply vital protective garments and face-masks, many more have needed to suspend operations and close their stores and the survey results revealed that some are uncertain about their future.
Ethical Clothing Australia Manager Angela Bell said the results supported the view that despite these extraordinarily difficult times, there is a rising interest in local and ethical manufacturing.
“There are definite signs of hope such as these are worth celebrating,” said Angela Bell.
“We have received almost double the number of applications for accreditation and we have almost doubled the number of accreditations when compared to this time last year.”
“This means business sees value in being transparent about their supply chains and they see value in the ethical treatment of workers,” she said.
“The ultimate beneficiaries of this work is the workers in the industry as the audits and compliance work undertaken by the Textile, Clothing Footwear Union (TCF Union) as part of this program commonly find breaches across pay, entitlements, and safety that must be rectified”.
“The Union has completed more than 525 compliance checks this year and they have had more than 262 out worker contacts – again exceeding the volume of work undertaken when compared to this time last year.”
This year Ethical Clothing is celebrating 20 years since its beginnings. The organisation was created in response to rising concerns about the exploitation of Australian garment workers, particularly of out workers (otherwise known as homeworkers) in local supply chains. Businesses that were doing the right thing were being tarnished by the poor practices of other operators and local retailers and manufacturers were seeking a solution to recognise those that were adopting ethical practices. The organisation is a business, employer and union collaboration. To celebrate the 20 years, ECA is launching the first-ever Ethical Clothing Australia Week.
Ethical Clothing Australia Week will be launched by the Hon. Martin Pakula Minister for Industry Support and Recovery at 12 noon today. Ethical Clothing Australia operates with the support of the Victorian Government.
#ECAWeek2020 is the first and only Australian week-long event focused on locally-made, ethically-manufactured clothing, textiles, and footwear. The week will celebrate the brands, the designers, and importantly the skilled workers behind the garments that fashion consumers buy, through events and online activities.
Quote attributable to the Hon. Martin Pakula, Victorian Minister for Industry Support and Recovery
“The success of Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program is a testament to what can happen when business, unions and government collaborate for the good of the industry and the people who work in it.
“I commend the textile, clothing and footwear manufacturers who have voluntarily sought accreditation for adopting ethical employment practices, and I would like to see more manufacturers get on board.”
Quote attributable to Jenny Kruschel, TCF Sector National Secretary of the Manufacturing Division of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union:
“By ensuring Australian textile, clothing and footwear supply chains are fully transparent and legally compliant, Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program gives consumers confidence the garments they buy are made by workers that are being paid Award wages and entitlements.”
Quote attributable to Gary Campbell, Operations Manager, Nobody Denim:
“It is incredibly important to have a level playing field in this industry and for local businesses who are doing the right thing by their workers to get the information and advice that they need to ensure that they are meeting their legal obligations – that’s what Ethical Clothing Australia’s accreditation program provides.”