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META to carve out niches for innovative textile technologies

META, Manufacturing Excellence Taskforce of Australia, has announced the new META Textiles Collaboration Hub with the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) to increase the capability of Australian companies for high performance textile products in local and international markets.

Print supplier to upskill industry

Industry supplier GJS is set to hold printing courses in screen printing, heat transfer solutions and graphics software, aiming to help the industry upskill in digital applications.

Myer to “make its own luck”

Myer boss Bernie Brookes has declared the department store will “make its own luck” through the crucial Christmas holiday trading season and pledged the nation’s biggest department store will ­invest in more entertainment, theatre and fun to attract ­shoppers.

Noni B teetering on the edge

The auditors of women’s fashionwear retailer Noni B have warned that the failure of a $16.4 million takeover bid from a finance house run by former ­Babcock & Brown senior staff members could threaten the company’s ability to continue as a going concern.

Clarity sought on Myer executive fraudster

A magistrate has questioned the basis of a defence by an American businessman hired and then sacked by Myer on his first day, after it found he had allegedly falsified his credentials, to charges that include obtaining a financial advantage by deception.

McInnes to stay despite dumping shares

Solomon Lew's retail chief Mark McInnes has affirmed his commitment to apparel and stationery retailer ­Premier Investments after selling his entire shareholding for $4 million.

Country Road enters sportswear

Fashion retailer Country Road has made its first foray into the sportswear with the launch of Country Road Active.

Ecommerce workshop to grow business

Capitalising on the ecommerce boom will be among the topics covered in a workshop delivered by the Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) in partnership with Australia Post in Melbourne.

Indigenous Fashion Week fosters growth of new label

A new label will soon be launched after its founder TJ Cowlishaw experienced a mentorship program with the Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW).

Lorna Jane to seek legal protection for designs

Lorna Jane, one of Australia's biggest sports apparel companies, is seeking to have its designs protected amid claims rivals are making copies and selling them for much lower prices.

Woolworths pulls range of ‘racist’ singlets

Supermarket giant Woolworths has pulled a range of "racist" and "offensive" singlets from its shelves after a social media backlash.

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BIC scheme may last the distance

Businesses are being encouraged to collate any information they need to make a claim under the BIC Scheme despite a Bill in the Senate to end the scheme one year early.

Alexium’s woolly ambition

ASX-listed Alexium International has received initial purchase orders for its new, proprietary chemistry for the flame retardant wool market that accounts for more than 10 million yards of fabric consumption per year in the U.S.

Illustrator ‘furious’ over stolen artwork

A Melbourne-based illustrator has been left reeling after her artwork was stolen, printed on clothing and put up for sale on global shopping websites.

Industry urged to speak out on skills shortages

TCF businesses are being encouraged to take part in the Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) 2015 Environmental Scan to highlight skills shortages in the sector.

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Former Bras N Things CEO recommended to lead Noni B

Retailer Scott Evans may be appointed Noni B’s new group CEO if the takeover offer by Alceon Bidco is successful.

Coles publishes list of Asian factories

Coles has published a list of Asian factories behind its clothing range as part of the supermarket giant's bid to be more transparent.

Kathmandu to invest in global growth

Kathmandu Holdings has highlighted a commitment to investing in international growth after reporting a NZ$0.9 million rise in earnings to NZ$64.3 million for the year ending 31 July 2014.

Program to help TCF businesses export to Hong Kong

The Council of Textiles & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) is about to embark on a new project to help TCF businesses export into Hong Kong.

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Willis Holmes to show at NY Bridal Week

Designer Karen Willis Holmes plans to further cement her bespoke bridal collection’s positioning in the US by participating in New York International Bridal Week shortly.

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