Opportunity Knocks for Sydney Designers...

Opportunity Knocks for Sydney Designers...

Through its Knowledge Exchange Sponsorship, The City of Sydney will support the AFC Curated program, giving up to 10 local fashion designers the opportunity to establish viable business models and open their first retail spaces!

Above | Sydney based designer Laura Keogh

AFC Curated Sydney 2019 will teach designers the ‘business of fashion’ through a combination of retail exposure, direct industry mentoring, business development workshops and seminars.

By offering mentoring to build skills and expertise, share knowledge and develop best practice in business, the program aims to profile Australian designers and position Sydney as a major creative hub in the Asia Pacific region.

Participants will also have the opportunity to experience their first shopfronts through a series of pop-ups in vacant retail spaces in Sydney, starting with The Strand Arcade this May!

Above | The iconic heritage retail centre from Vicinity Centres; The Strand Arcade

Above | The iconic heritage retail centre from Vicinity Centres; The Strand Arcade

Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the program will offer tailored support for emerging designers who often face significant challenges in the first five years of business.

“Retail in Sydney continues to face many challenges with construction across the city, the continued growth of online shopping, and reduction in consumer spending. Our Retail Advisory Panel has strongly suggested that industry-led programs, supported by government, will enhance the long-term viability of the sector.

We’re delighted to support the AFC Curated Sydney 2019 program to create more skilled and connected business owners and to see vacant spaces throughout the city revitalised.

It’s also fantastic to see the Australian Fashion Council acknowledge their role in promoting environmental sustainability within the local fashion industry. Reducing textile waste in Sydney is critical if we are to achieve our goal of ‘zero waste’ by 2030, so we welcome the AFC’s commitment to ethical and sustainable fashion.”

- Lord Mayor Clover Moore

Above | Sydney based label Cedar & Onyx

The City will be providing a $35,000 cash sponsorship for us to produce the AFC Curated Sydney 2019 program, a great support for our Sydney based activities, benefitting individual designers and the wider community.

“Now in its third year, we’ve seen a number of Australian labels grow through the AFC Curated program. Having the City’s support to expand this into Sydney will have huge benefits for NSW based emerging designers looking to build a sustainable business and become part of a community of like-minded businesses and industry experts.

The holistic approach of the program with retail access, business development workshops and direct industry mentoring provides an opportunity for these designers to develop their own skills and knowledge, while building a network of support that they can draw on for years to come.”

- David Giles-Kaye, CEO of Australian Fashion Council

The City’s knowledge exchange sponsorships support the exchange of ideas and knowledge and encourage dialogue on local and global issues. Under the program, eligible projects can be supported to a maximum of $40,000 cash. Businesses can apply throughout the year. For more information on the knowledge exchange sponsorship, review page 60 of the City’s Grants and Sponsorships Guidelines.


Above | Sydney based label West 14th