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Our CEO joins the advisory group for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

We are pleased to announce that Pete Smit, Founder & CEO of Style Atlas has been asked to sit on the advisory group to the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Fashion and Textiles; an initiative by leading Australian tertiary education institutions, UTS and TAFE NSW.

About the Centre of Excellence

Two of Australia’s leading educators in fashion, textiles and digital technology – TAFE NSW and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) – have come together to create a Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Fashion & Textiles. Supported by a grant from the NSW Department of Education, the Centre has a mission to grow the capacity of the Australian fashion industry for a sustainable future.

At the Centre of Excellence, we are passionate about transitioning the Australian fashion sector toward sustainability and Industry 4.0.

Career forecasts in the fashion and textiles sector are projecting a seismic shift in the way clothing is produced and circulated. The revolutions taking place around sustainability and the digitalisation of fashion will dominate future roles in the industry. According to FT alliance (a European academia-industries partnership supporting fashion-tech), some of the most in-demand roles will include:

• Sustainable fashion designers

• Sustainability and CSR managers

• Zero waste designers

• 3D designers, modellers and pattern


• AR/VR experts

• Closed-loop designers and engineers

• Re-commerce platform leads

• Textile and product designers and


The Centre of Excellence will educate fashion and textile professionals for the jobs of the future. We will hold ethics and integrity at our core while integrating cutting-edge technology alongside sustainability best-practice, challenging the ways we currently think about fashion and textile design and production.

Advisory Group Responsibilities

The group is charged with developing the strategic vision and initial offerings of the CoE, ensuring it is market relevant and valued by industry and prospective students.

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