Australian designer brands R.M. Williams, AJE and Camilla join $800m Karrinyup Shopping Centre redevelopment


A swag of Australian designer brands are set to join the $800 million Karrinyup shopping centre redevelopment, as a new report reveals the booming fashion industry employs almost twice as many people as the mining sector.

The new labels at Karrinyup will include Scanlan Theodore, AJE, Viktoria & Woods, Morrison, Camilla, Sass & Bide and Assembly Label, in what is slated to be WA’s largest collection of Australian designers under one roof.

Bootmaker R.M. Williams will also join the complex after falling back into Australian ownership last year. WA billionaire Andrew Forrest’s investment arm Tattarang snapped up the company for $190 million which has movie star Hugh Jackman as its global brand ambassador. Mr Jackman was formerly a 5 per cent shareholder in R.M. Williams.

The Karrinyup redevelopment is expected to be completed later this year, which will also feature global makeup juggernaut Sephora’s first Perth store.

Artist impression of Level 1 Loop at Karrinyup shopping centre redevelopment.
Camera IconArtist impression of Level 1 Loop at Karrinyup shopping centre redevelopment. Credit: Supplied

Australia’s fashion and textile industry was revealed to be worth $27.2 billion a year in the first-time report commissioned by the Australian Fashion Council and Afterpay.

About 489,000 Australians work in the growing sector, with about two-thirds employed full-time.

WA has the country’s fourth-largest fashion industry — behind NSW, Victoria and Queensland — and employs 41,000 people who contribute $2.3b to the State’s economy.

R.M.Williams will open a store at Karrinyup Shopping Centre.
Camera IconR.M.Williams will open a store at Karrinyup Shopping Centre. Credit: Instagram/R.M.Williams

Nationally, the industry generated $7.2b in export revenue, accounting for almost 2 per cent of total exports. That placed fashion and textiles ahead of wine and beer exports.

Afterpay chief executive Anthony Eisen said a comprehensive assessment of the industry and its “far-reaching economic impact” was long over due.

Overall, the sector grew during the COVID-19 pandemic, largely driven by a surge to online sales, but supply chain volatility and rising business costs were found to be the industry’s biggest challenges.

The report also found that about three-quarters of the workforce were female, compared to the national average of 47 per cent.

Australian Fashion Council chief executive Leila Naja Hibri said the research highlighted the “true economic clout” of the nation’s dynamic and diverse industry.

“Until now, the comprehensive value of the industry’s economic contribution, and its predominantly female workforce, has not been fully recognised,” Ms Hibri said.



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