Calling all fashion designers looking to scale your business. Be part of a select group to gain the know-how, direction and confidence to take your fashion business to the next level. Led by a team of industry experts you’ll learn from group presentations as well as deep dive one-on-one sessions. Our expert team includes:
Ian Perkins (Blurb Consulting) - Logistics, supply chain management & overseas production
Ian Perkins is the Chief Strategic Officer of Blurb Consulting, a Brisbane based boutique strategic advisory business. He has 32 years’ experience in the fashion industry and has assisted companies in a myriad of industries, to position or reposition their brands in the marketplace and provide strategic advice towards building long term, profitable business solutions. Ian has had the privilege to mentor designers who have participated in CEA’s Fashion Accelerator, which have gone on to run successful fashion businesses. His first hand knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the industry, provide members with an honest and realistic view on what is required to position their products into the market.
Nicole Jordan (Strategy & Business Development Executive, QUTCEA) – Merchandising & Retail Execution
Nicole has over 15 years’ experience delivering organisational and operational efficiency across the business spectrum. These range from commercial startups to charitable business and multinationals. Nicole’s expertise includes being a founder, launching and managing large-scale international B2C companies, portfolio investment management, strategic brand building & marketing, operational strategy and business development.
Thuy Nguyen – Product Development & Production
A true advocate for the Australian fashion industry, Thuy Nguyen has devoted more than 20 years to her trade and to the development of fashion entrepreneurs.
Thuy immersed herself in the textile clothing and footwear industries working for many varied fashion companies. At the same time she was operating a bridal couture business then positioned herself to become a Vocational Education Trainer (VET). Soon, all of her career choices shaped a pathway that naturally transitioned into her current position of Fashion Development Manager for QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA).
Her specialist areas include design and range planning, styling, sampling, production management and also pattern development and specialised grading. Her expertise has moved across a diverse market from women’s, men’s and children’s fashion attire to corporate wear, swimwear, active wear and through to exclusive couture one-offs.
Jenna McManus - Digital Marketing and eCommerce
Dedicated to building and sustaining strong brand identities, Jenna has over seven years experience in communications, social media and marketing initiatives across both global business and local startups.
Aside from her natural love of creative conceptualisation and content development, Jenna is truly passionate about communicating and sharing brand stories to drive results and achieve goals.
Recently home from a two year stint in London working for an emerging online retailer, Jenna is now focused on supporting businesses of all sizes in strengthening their story and customer connection across all marketing mediums.
With a knack for all-things social media related as well as a love of copy writing, she has creatively directed and produced campaigns, events, photoshoots and product videos.
Jane Morley - Design & Range Planning
Jane Morley is a fashion practitioner and researcher who has lectured in fashion design for the past eight years, holding positions at the Queensland University of Technology and RMIT University in Melbourne. After working as a fashion designer for brands such as Colorado and Easton Pearson, Jane lectured at the Queensland University of Technology in design studio and sustainability courses while completing a practice-based Masters exploring Conceptual art and Conceptual fashion design process. During this time, Jane also mentored emerging designers at the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) fashion incubator and worked as the Design Manager on the AKIN Collection, an Arts Queensland funded CEA and KickArts Contemporary Arts project to develop a collaborative fashion collection between Indigenous Australian artists and emerging fashion designers. Jane then gained a position at RMIT University where she taught courses about identifying new fashion markets and led design studio courses for students across the four-year RMIT Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) program as well as first year Masters students from the RMIT Master of Fashion (Design) program. Jane is currently completing a practice-based PhD at RMIT University exploring the body in expanded fashion design practice and process. Jane works with diverse mediums developing outcomes including garments, textiles, sculptures, drawings, 3D models, films and photographs, and recently undertook an interdisciplinary art residency at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada exploring the theme “Body as Site”. Jane enjoys working with bodies and materials in dynamic, exploratory and interdisciplinary contexts.
Ian Mason (Virgin Startup) – Business & Sales Strategy
Ian is CEO of Rainbow Bridge Education, a company he founded to create accessible resources for parents to use in the home learning environment. Rainbow Bridge is one of several start-ups founded by Ian over the last decade; his portfolio includes multiple companies in the education, technology, publishing and not-for-profit sectors.
Ian was instrumental in the creation and growth of Virgin StartUp, Sir Richard Branson’s not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs, which has now supported over 11,000 entrepreneurs with over $75million.
Ian is immensely passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, an endeavour which has seen him take up roles across the world, including Global Entrepreneur in Residence at Creative Enterprise Australia’s Collider Accelerator Programme and Visiting Entrepreneur at The Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur.
Prior to Virgin StartUp, Ian was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at London Chamber of Commerce, a role which saw him advising the UK Government on business policy in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis and gain credibility as an economic commentator.
Ian campaigns on a number of issues, including social mobility, youth leadership and financial literacy. As an active youth leader on the global stage, he was also appointed Leader of the UK’s delegation to the Y20 Summit in 2015 and 2016, as well as participating in the 11th UK/South Africa Bilateral.
Plus guest presenters representing investors, finance professionals & international design.
Cost: $200 / month + GST
Applications close: 28 February 2019
Program commences: 8 March 2019 to 23 January 2020
Location: QUTCEA Fashion + Design Accelerator