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ACMI presents

How We Started Our Fashion Business & How You Can Do It Too! with Collective Closets


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Celebrate creativity, cultural diversity and sustainability, and unleash your inner fashion entrepreneur, with this inspiring talk from the Ndenzako sisters.

Join the founders of Collective Closets, Fatuma and Laurinda Ndenzako, for this informal and empowering talk celebrating cultural diversity, craftsmanship, and sustainability in the fashion industry. Be introduced to the brand's mission and be inspired by the journey of the Ndenzako sisters, as you’re encouraged to infuse your business ideas with creativity and explore the significance of preserving artisanal craftsmanship.

Get practical tips for starting and running a fashion business – from branding to marketing, the essentials needed to embark on your entrepreneurial journey will be covered. Be empowered to pursue your dreams with confidence, while weaving cultural narratives into your business ideas, and making a positive impact in the fashion industry.

Collective Closets aims to create a supportive and inclusive ecosystem where young women thrive as entrepreneurs, shaping a brighter future for themselves and the communities they serve.


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About Collective Closets

Collective Closets is a Melbourne-based slow fashion label connecting the talent, beauty and rich history of Africa to empowered, worldly, self-aware women of all ages. Founded in 2016 by sisters Fatuma and Laurinda Ndenzako, the pair are passionate about telling stories, giving back and uniting women through a universal sartorial dialogue. Collective Closets focuses on intentional and timeless design, with pieces crafted from fabrics made to last. The brand pays homage to their late mother Stella, herself a talented seamstress, and celebrates their African–Australian heritage. At the heart of Collective Closets' ethos lies a deep commitment to female empowerment. With a strong focus on fostering inclusivity and celebrating diversity, the label seeks to create a space where women from all walks of life can feel seen, heard, and valued.

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