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Digital Map Leads To Ethical Destination Shopping

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Digital Map Leads To Ethical Destination Shopping

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.”

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Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment Exhibition

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Many Hands: The Making Of A Garment

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.

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ECA’s Guide To MFF 2021

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ECA's Guide To MFF 2021

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.

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REBORN By HoMie X Nobody Denim Pop-Up

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.

Find Out More Here

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.

When?

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.

Register Here

Runway 1

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.

When?

Register Here

Runway 2

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.

When?

National Gallery of Victoria, 180 Saint Kilda Road, Southbank, VIC, 3006, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 1)

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 2)

Runway 4

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.

When?

State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 1)

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 2)

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.

When?

Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, VIC, 3105, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here

Runway 6

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.

When?

The Timber Yard, 351 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207, Australia.

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 1)

Get Your Tickets Here (Show 2)

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.

When?

Collingwood Yards, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here

Micilogia Runway

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.

When?

Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland Street, Footscray, VIC, 3011, Australia

Get Your Tickets Here

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20 Year Anniversary and ECA Week Launch Event 2020

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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.”

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The Quick Unpick Podcast Launch Event

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The Quick Unpick is a podcast series collaboration between Britt’s List & Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), released to celebrate ECA’s twenty-year anniversary and the launch of the inaugural Ethical Clothing Australia Week (18-24 October 2020).

Over nine episodes, Brisbane based Britt’s List editor Brittanie Dreghorn talks to eight ECA-accredited Australian businesses who are manufacturing locally – helping to support the Australian Textile Clothing & Footwear (TCF) Industry through protecting garment worker rights and safety, and ensuring their garments are made with ethical values.

Labels featured in The Quick Unpick podcast are ABCH, Citizen Wolf, Clothing the Gap, Cue, Jackfruit The Label, Lois Hazel, Nobody Denim, and The Social Studio. The podcast also features an interview with ECA representatives and the stories of two out workers in the local industry.

“Ethical Clothing Australia is excited to partner with Britt’s List to produce this podcast. Despite the extraordinarily difficult times, we find ourselves in because of COVID-19, there is a rising interest in local and ethical manufacturing and this series is going to help spread the word for shoppers and others in the industry wanting to learn more. The businesses featured in the podcast series vary from emerging, smaller labels to household names and it provides a great opportunity to learn more about their values, their makers, and what else goes on behind the scenes.  It is another celebration of ECA accredited brands, designers, and importantly the skilled workers who make up our local, ethically accredited industry because as the podcast reveals there are benefits and challenges that come from making onshore,”

said Angela Bell, National Manager of Ethical Clothing Australia.

For Britt’s List founder and editor Brittanie Dreghorn, the podcast series was a chance for an in-depth look at ethical garment making in Australia as well as the chance to hear directly from the business owners, founders, and representatives.

“Britt’s List strives to educate Australians about the brands that are driving change and leading their industry in environmental sustainability and ethical treatment of people and animals. Listeners of the Quick Unpick podcast will hear from garment workers, the TCF union and Ethical Clothing Australia, as well as fashion businesses who have ECA accreditation. We literally unpick the manufacturing process to give consumers and others in the industry a well-rounded view of how their clothes are made and the importance of making sure that the people who make our clothes are not exploited,”

said Brittanie Dreghorn.

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Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2020

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Strong commitment to local manufacturing and retaining jobs as industry marks first Ethical Clothing Australia Week.

Ethical Clothing Australia Week 2020 Media Release.

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 per cent 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 labour rights of the people who made their clothes.

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 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 have completed more than 525 compliance checks this year and they have had more than 262 outworker 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 concern about the exploitation of Australian garment workers, particularly of outworkers (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 was launched by the Hon. Martin Pakula Minister for Industry Support and Recovery. 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.”