Hear from David as he outlines the strategic direction of the Australian Fashion Council around industry growth and learn as he discusses some key elements to building a global brand in today’s digital age. David’s session will also cover success stories and lessons learnt.
David is currently CEO of the Australian Fashion Council – AFC (Formerly Council of Textile & Fashion – CTF), and spent several years on the CTF board of directors. He was recently involved with smart textiles technology company, Imagine Intelligent Materials, which is at the forefront of developing the future of wearables. His primary background lies in technology and business development in sports apparel with a number of companies including WL Gore (Gore-Tex). David has had the experience of starting his own sports fashion label, and also in performance apparel and equipment for defence. David spent a number of years living and working in Germany and the UK and has been back in Australia since 2008.
About Australian Fashion Council
The Australian Fashion Council (AFC), as the peak industry body, exists to promote the growth of the textile & fashion industry in Australia, with over 65 years service to the industry. The AFC is a not-for-profit membership organisation, with members drawn from across the fashion and textile industry value chain.
When we look at the industry, we are viewing ‘fashion’ as encompassing the entire spectrum of the value chain. From students to multinational companies. From shopping centres to fibre growers. From workwear companies to luxury goods. From the product to the consumer.
All activities and projects act to support the AFC’s Five Growth Pillars; strengthening supply chains, growing Australian exports, helping new businesses become established, developing industry practices in ethical and sustainable product, and, fostering design & innovation.