Australian cotton production to grow 4% in 2017-18: ABARES

2017/12 15 03:12

Courtesy: ABARES Cotton production in Australia is forecast to rise by 4 per cent to 968,000 tonnes in 2017-18 season. This is expected to be largely driven by an increase in yields in irrigated plantings following the poor yields achieved in the previous season, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and […]

Amazon launches operations in Australia

2017/12 11 05:12

US online retail giant Amazon recently unveiled its business in Australia and the company claimed the first day orders on its Australian portal were higher than those for any other launch day in the company’s history. This was the 14th country launch for the company. Online sales account for less than 10 per cent of […]

Nanollose develops plant-free viscose rayon fibre

2017/12 06 14:12

Courtesy: Nanollose Nanollose, an Australian technology company, has developed plant-free viscose-rayon fibre. Unlike conventional rayon, Nanollose's sustainable alternative is derived using microbes that convert biomass waste products from the liquid food industries into microbial cellulose which is then converted into rayon fibres using the Nanollose technology. "Each year, a huge amount of trees are cut […]

Chinese demand pushes up wool prices in Australia

2017/12 06 14:12

Strong demand from growing affluent Chinese consumers has pushed up Australian wool prices to a record high this season. Wool prices are currently at a high of more than Au$16 per kilogram. Though prices are not as high as they were about five years ago in terms of US dollar, Australian wool growers are earning […]

Raf Simons, Woolmark release 100% Merino wool sweaters

2017/12 04 15:12

Courtesy: The Woolmark Company Leading fashion designer Raf Simons with The Woolmark Company has released limited edition of 100 per cent Merino wool sweaters. The release is part of the partnership forged between the designer and Woolmark earlier this year and is also an ode to Simons’ love of the Japanese capital. Merino wool has […]

Woolmark collaborates with Japanese label Facetasm

2017/12 01 08:12

Hiromichi Ochiai The Woolmark Company has entered into a two-season partnership with Japanese fashion label FACETASM for developing its Autumn/Winter 18/19 and Spring/Summer 19 wool-rich offerings, ahead of its show at Paris Men’s Collection. Both collections will be Woolmark-certified. The partnership marks the beginning of a long-standing relationship between the two. The Woolmark Company will […]

High level of optimism around Australian wool industry: AWI

2017/11 21 07:11

The annual general meeting (AGM) of the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) reported a year of strong progress across research, development and marketing of wool produced in the country. The level of optimism around the wool industry this year has not been witnessed in the past many decades, AWI CEO Stuart McCullough told the meeting of […]

Oxfam urges Oz brands to pay overseas workers a living wage

2017/11 16 04:11

As little as 4 per cent of the price of a clothing item of brands, such as Kmart, Big W, Cotton On and Just jeans, is paid to the factory worker overseas, says Oxfam's new report on Australia's garment supply chain titled ‘What She Makes: Power and Poverty in the Fashion Industry’, authored by Deloitte […]

Superfine Merino wool found good for Eczema patients

2017/10 31 08:10

Courtesy: Australian Woo Innovation A new research funded by The Woolmark Company has shown that wearing superfine Merino wool next to the skin is therapeutic for those suffering from Eczema. The superfine Merino wool acts like a second skin for those whose ‘first’ skin is too dry. This adds to a growing number of research […]

Cotton Australia supports Kmart Australia’s initiative

2017/10 30 08:10

Courtesy: cotton Australia The Australian cotton industry’s peak grower body, Cotton Australia, has come out in support of Kmart Australia’s new initiative to source 100 per cent “more sustainable cotton” by 2020. Kmart’s definition of ‘more sustainable’ includes Better Cotton Initiative cotton (BCI), myBMP-certified Australian-grown cotton, and organic and recycled cotton. “Kmart has been sourcing […]

Two Australian fashion industry bodies plan merger

2017/10 26 09:10

Courtesy: CTF Australia’s two premier industry bodies, the Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC) and the Council for Textile and Fashion (CTF), have planned to merge, the two entities announced recently at a fashion forum. The rationale behind the merger is to operate a stronger and more influential body focussed on helping all segments of the industry […]

Woolmark joins hands with Fashion Tech Lab

2017/10 26 09:10

With expanding International Woolmark Prize, the Woolmark Company is partnering with Fashion Tech Lab who will power the innovation award, bridging the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion. The two will pool expertise in sourcing, supply chain and sustainability to empower finalists through a mentorship programme. Founded by Miroslava Duma, Fashion Tech […]