Seminars – Day 1

Day 1 – 20 Nov
Day 2 – 21 Nov
Day 3 – 22 Nov
Brian R Garvin
Brian R GarvinManaging Director, B. Garvin Sourcing; Executive Account Manager PassageMaker Group China
Cost $60 + gst

9.15am – Smart Sourcing from Asia – Tips and Best Practices

The single most important factor in determining the success or failure of your sourcing program is finding the right supplier. Don’t miss this ‘behind the scenes’ look at a how to find and manage vendors that are right for you.  In this seminar you will receive expert tips and solutions for: finding the right supplier; due diligence; project management; quality; and, NDAs.
As a professional involved in manufacturing, Brian brings over 25 years of engineering, project management and product development experience, with the past 15 years based full time in China.  His time in a low-cost foreign country has provided extensive experience in product sourcing, project management, product development, management, manufacturing, and QC, as well as a knowledge of Chinese business practices and culture.

While in China, with a focus on custom-designed engineered products, including injected plastics, fabricated metals & electronic components, he has been engaged in all facets of sourcing, manufacturing, project management and product development activities to achieve cost reductions for his Western customer base while maintaining product quality and ensuring intellectual property is not compromised.

For the past 2 years, he has operated his own boutique consulting business in China focusing on strategic sourcing, supply chain management and product development.  This includes overseeing daily operations and directly managing 5 part-time Chinese staff in strategic sourcing, product development, supply chain mgmt., contract negotiations, factory audits and quality control.

Julie Illera
Julie IlleraEuromonitor International Australia
Cost $40 + gst

10.45am – Apparel and Fashion in Australia and Beyond

Don’t miss an overview of the fashion and apparel industry in Australia within the global context.  This presentation will highlight the fastest growing categories in 2016-2017, and key target markets, with a particular focus on the performance. The presentation will also cover consumer’s trends and expectations for the category beyond 2018.
With over 10 year’s research experience, across Australasia and the Americas, Julia possesses strong strategic, quantitative, and qualitative research experience within several consumer goods and service industries, including consumer health, retailing and digital channels.

Key responsibilities at Euromonitor include analysis, research and report writing, monitoring domestic and international developments across different industries, evaluating current and emerging trends, and commissioning work from analysts in the field.

Originally from Colombia, Julia also has industry and consulting experience in business strategy, market assessment, licensing negotiations and intellectual property management. She moved to Australia 8 years ago for her postgraduate studies, where she obtained a Master of International Business and a Master of Commerce with a major in marketing from the University of Sydney.


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David Giles-Kaye
David Giles-KayeManaging Director, B. Garvin Sourcing; Executive Account Manager PassageMaker Group China
Cost $40 + gst

12.15pm – Building a Global Brand

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.

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Ms Yuxing Zhu
Ms Yuxing ZhuSenior Researcher China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Textiles (CCCT) China
Cost – Complimentary

1.45pm – Changing Nature of the Garment and Textile Industry in China

There have been a lot of changes in China’s garment and textile industry since the country’s entry to WTO, especially in the last decade with the increasing labor cost, land price, and commodity price. Learn about the current market condition, the problems and the future direction of China’s garment and textile industry. This seminar will help you gain a better understanding of the changing nature of the garment and textiles industry in China so that you can achieve a deeper outcome in your dealings with Chinese suppliers.
Graduated from Beijing University of Technology in 1995. Then, attended CCCT as industry researcher to date.
Mr Mukhtarul Amin
Mr Mukhtarul AminChairman, Council for Leather Exports India
Cost – Complimentary

4.15pm – Indian Leather & Footwear Sector – Global Sourcing Point

Discover why you should source and partner for the long-term with India. India is a strong global player with burgeoning growth prospects, supported by enabling government policies. This seminar will detail the potential and prospects of the Indian Leather & Footwear Sector, both in the domestic & export front, investment opportunities & FDI incentives offered by Government of India.

A visionary entrepreneur since three decades who crafted Superhouse conglomerate since 1980.

Mr. Mukhtarul Amin, is the Promoter of SUPERHOUSE, an export oriented group having annual turnover of around USD 200 Million. He is the Chairman & Managing Director of Superhouse Group. This group is running 3 tanneries, 6 footwear factories (each specializing in a different type of footwear) and 3 leather goods factories in different cities of India viz; Kanpur, Unnao, Agra, Noida and Kolkata, employing more than 8000 workers. The Group manufactures Finished Leather, Leather and Non Leather Footwear, Safety Footwear, Leather Bags, Small Leather Goods and Accessories. In the last decade the Group has acquired 3 Companies in UK and Europe. The Group also has marketing and distribution offices in UK, UAE, Germany and USA. It’s brand ALLEN COOPER is very popular in India and Overseas. The Group has been awarded for the last three years continuously, with the prestigious “Niryat Shree Award” by the Hon. President of India Shri Pranab Mukerjee besides being the largest recipient of the awards in the industry, from the Council for Leather Exports, under the Ministry of Commerce.

Mr. Mukhtarul Amin was Vice-Chairman of the Council for Leather Exports (CLE) from 2003 to 2005 and Chairman from 2007 to 2009, an export promotional body for leather industry under the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India. He is Former Chairman of Footwear Design & Development Institute which is the largest footwear training institution in the world under the Ministry of Commerce, and has recently been re-elected as the Chairman of the Council for Leather Export.
Mr. Mukhtarul Amin promoted educational institutions also to provide modern education to boys & girls of different segment and to promote the noble ideas, to contribute to alleviating human suffering, eradication of illiteracy and poverty. It is for this noble cause that under his dynamic leadership, 18 educational institutes have emerged and are successfully imparting education to more than 20,000 students. He also promoted one sports academy.

Day 1 – 20 Nov
Day 2 – 21 Nov
Day 3 – 22 Nov