Another in a series of Q and A, if you have a question add it in the comments section and it might get answered in the next installment.
Question: Do you know of any manufacturers in Sydney or anywhere in Australia?
Answer: There are lots of great manufacturers in Australia and the more work we can give them the more they can survive. A few places you can search for makers
Yellow Pages try using search terms like garment makers, garment manufacturing, sewers etc. A generic term like maker isn’t enough when searching on a site like the yellow pages you need to be a little bit more specific.
Google can certainly help. Try ticking the Australian pages only section so you don’t have to wade through all the overseas pages as well.
Ragtrader is an industry magazine. It has classified advertisements in the back so you can find makers there (and many patternmakers use those classifieds as well). They also have a directory of all the makers, printers, patternmakers and just about everyone else you’d ever need in the fashion industry. Their website is really bad, hard to navigate and it just took me more than 15 minutes to find the link that told me to buy the Ragtrader directory is $132. In all honesty I’d not bother with the site and just buy the hardcopy of the directory that way you’ve got the book with all the contacts in your hand and you don’t need to navigate a poor website.