Industry Profile - Textile Clothing FootwearTo Economy
With 2000 clothing enterprises based in New South Wales, the State's textile, clothing, footwear and leather (TCFL) manufacturing and service industries are collectively worth $3 billion a year. The combination of a cosmopolitan city, mature manufacturing services and a competitive local industry have led to significant success for these businesses in New South Wales.
With 40% of the nation's wool, and close to 100% of all cotton processed and manufactured in New South Wales, the NSW textile industry has access to the some of the best raw materials in Australia. This has led to New South Wales enjoying particular success in textile production, with innovation in the field leading to significant advancements in technical textiles such as medical and sanitary materials. More recently the local industry has shifted away from standardised manual production and moved towards niche and skilled textile manufacturing.
Sydney has a long history of being the centre for fashion-focused industry in Australia. With one the world's first department stores, David Jones opening on George Street in 1838 and Australian fashion week using Sydney as its host city since its launch in 1995, Sydney is rated internationally as a fashion forward city. It is due to the exceptional work of the local textile, clothing, and footware industry that local fashion houses and distribution companies are able to succeed and flourish.