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Sinerji snags Ethical Fashion award

Eco-friendly fashion label Sinerji scooped up the Ethical Fashion award for their commitment to ethical design at this year’s Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival.

Myer relaunches brand

Myer will feature Australian designer brands such as Ellery and Alex Perry in a new TV advertising campaign which backs the relaunch of the Myer brand in the first major shake-up of its marketing strategy in almost a decade.

Profile lift at CR shake up in DJs management

South African retailer Woolworths is accelerating the transformation of its Australian retail businesses, lifting the profile of Country Road while shaking up executive ranks at David Jones.

Lempiere to split NZ assets

Australian wool tra­ding and investment company Lempriere Group has moved to create value from its New Zealand interests, this week announcing the splitting of assets in NZ’s Wool Services International, which it acquired last year for $100 million.

Comeback for Kirrily Johnston

Designer Kirrily Johnston is set to return to the fashion industry by teaming up with fashion and lifestyle brand Husk and will launch her own 10-piece capsule collection under its label.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Country Road enters sportswear

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

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.

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.

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