Design is much more than the aesthetic. It encompasses thinking, innovation and process.
We are passionate about design and work behind the scenes on important design initiatives in the sector.
TFIA is a member of the Australian Design Alliance [AdA], a national advocate and advisory body dedicated to advancing design's strategic role in strengthening Australia's economic competitiveness and sustainability. [AdA] was launched at the Sydney Opera House on Friday 3rd Sept 2010 by His Excellency Michael Bryce AM AE. Read [AdA] Launch Report and Media Release.
TFIA holds the Trademarks for the Australian Fashion Awards, and we were also instrumental in lobbying the Victorian Government for initial funding of the first Melbourne Fashion Festival.
In support of the Textile & Fashion Hub, TFIA introduced a network of clusters to increase collaboration throughout the industry and to make recommendations on equipment needs, training and business opportunities to the Textile & Fashion Hub. The first initiaitive of the Design Cluster was the pop-up QR code window project in Melbourne cafe, The Workers Food Room, featuring Jacki Anderson, Edenborough Evans, Sonia Kraan and Livia Arena. Find out more about the Design Cluster here.
Whether it is intended for fashion, clothing or uniforms, designers draw on many forms of inspiration and resources to produce a sample.
Developing a sampling capability or finding a manufacturer prepared to undertake short run production is the most common dilemma faced by emerging Australian designers.
Sourcing questions are frequently asked of TFIA and we are pleased to assist members via our database of national and international clothing manufacturers.