In 2015 Pip, along with her brother-in-law Ian Smith, decided to launch a new venture they both say was 120 years in the making. Together they launched Love Merino, an ecommerce / ethical fashion startup. It’s a company that represents the hard work of over six generations of Smiths that have lived and worked on the farm, laying the foundations to be able to produce a premium wool product through their approach to how they farmed the land and cared for the animals.
Founded in 1932 by Reginald Murray Williams, the brand R.M. Williams is one of our country’s most recognised lifestyle brands, sitting comfortably next to the likes of other iconic brand names like Akubra, Driza-Bone, and Hard Yakka on the world stage.
Melbourne-based startup Hospital Glamour is an online fashion store for hospital gowns that provide hospital patients with style and practicality. The gowns revamp the old outdated hospital gown with fun and colourful prints, giving people more dignity upon their hospital stay.
Sydney startup Kent and Lime provides men with their very own fashion kits catered to suit their style and the current fashion trends.
Lustr wants to connect fashion-forward shoppers directly to emerging designers through a matchmaking algorithm, and help designers crowdsource feedback on their upcoming collections.
Digital shopping platform Referboard drives sales and brand awareness through peer-to-peer referrals of online content from clothes, to furniture, hotels and restaurants. The platform can be best described as when Pinterest met Shopify.
UK ecommerce startup Pretty Little Thing expanding celebrity-inspired fast fashion offering in Australia
Manchester-based startup Pretty Little Thing was launched in 2012 by Umar Kamani, who grew up surrounded by fashion – his father is the founder of online fashion retailer Boohoo.com.
Australian marketplace for independent retailers ARCHFASHION has partnered with zipPay to provide consumers with a digital friendly wallet. As of this week consumers will now be able to shop online and pay later without interest.
Online dress rental startup Your Closet hires out high-end designer dresses at a fraction of the retail cost
Your Closet is an online dress rental store where women can hire high-end designer dresses for a fraction of the retail cost. Customers can hire dresses for between 15 to 20 percent of their retail price, so for a $1000 designer dress the consumer will pay from $150 along with a $5 insurance fee that covers any mishaps like broken zippers, red wine spills etc.
Sydney fashiontech startup Fame and Partners has announced a $10.2 million raise from two US venture capital firms as it moves its headquarters to Los Angeles. New York City-based firm Firstmark Capital and LA-based Upfront Ventures have co-led the startup’s Series A round.
Saibu no Akuma is a fashion technology brand that focuses on providing its customers a bespoke menswear experience in regards to shirting and suiting. Heavily influenced by menswear and street-wear, the brand has traditionally been a face-to-face operation in a studio or a shop.
QUT Creative Enterprise Australia announces six fashion entrepreneurs taking part in accelerator program
Today QUT Creative Enterprise Australia has announced the six fashion entrepreneurs taking part in its five-month intensive accelerator program, set to kick off next week.
Fashion swapping app Yordrobe is looking to differentiate itself from the pack by focusing on designer brands
Based in South Australia, Remoda is a new app based around this very idea of selling off your pre-loved, or never worn clothes. Cofounders of the startup, Arie Spivak and Nir Davidson, believe that online vintage shopping is the new way to find your own sense of style and fashion in Australia.
Perth based startup Clique Arcade, founded by brother-sister duo Ross and Storm Wyness, entered the fashion-tech space this year. The concept is similar to startups like Young Republic, however when you dig a little deeper, you find that it is much more than an ecommerce play.
Just over a year after Australian startup 99dresses shut down, a new similar service has launched – so similar it’s even borrowing half of the other startup’s name. 99closets is another app which allows users to easily buy and sell their clothing.