Data & Insights

Mindful Fashion NZ Report – Threads of Tomorrow

May 2024 | Data & Insights, Industry Reports

This report highlights for the first time the NZ fashion industry’s significant value and contribution to New Zealand, its great potential to contribute to the country’s future prosperity and charts a course for the industry to reach a thriving and circular future.

  • $7.8b to the economy in 2023
  • 1.9% of GDP – contributing more to GDP than supermarkets and specialty foods, more than building construction
  • 76,000 workers employed, and $4.4b paid in wages
  • 78% female workforce shows women’s economic advancement intrinsically linked to industry

Threads of Tomorrow tells a compelling story. More than fashion, it’s a story about an industry, about businesses, about people.

It shows the industry is a core pillar of New Zealand’s creative and commercial economy and is made up of a complex ecosystem of textiles, design, manufacturing, retailing, education and media. It is an industry that brings together creatives, makers, innovators, technicians and storytellers.

The report shows the industry has significant value, it recommends opportunities to address industry challenges and grow the industry’s contribution to NZ, and it puts forward a bold vision for the industry to collectively work towards – a thriving and circular future.

15 recommendations across 4 action areas are proposed.

View the full report >