The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep celebrates individuals of creativity and purpose. It offers an intelligent behind-the-scenes viewpoint on the career trajectories of creatives and thought leaders in our community. We are connecting with people willing to share the challenges and the moments of grace; in addition to the successes and highlights. It is an eclectic career playbook and a series of open conversations that will offer unique access to the inspiring individuals behind the world’s leading brands.

The UMENCO team will also be sharing practical ‘how to’ guides that aim to educate and inspire those looking to obtain their dream job in fashion. Sharing our expertise, industry knowledge and personal experiences in a series of open letters, we will be discussing the current topics and issues facing the wider fashion and lifestyle business. We hope to empower our readers to choose their own adventures and to inspire courage in different touch points of their career journey.


"We hope to empower our readers to choose their own adventures and to inspire courage in different touchpoints of their career journey."

A force in the Australian fashion industry, UMENCO Director Angela Briggs is surrounded by a thriving professional and personal community, a testament to her talent, kindness and drive. Leading UMENCO in its latest initiatives, from a partnership with the Australian Fashion Council to a new global career coaching service, Project You, Angela is committed to building on the spirit of community that is essential for people and businesses to thrive. Here, we discuss the foundations of the business and the core motivations behind UMENCO's latest chapter.

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"I am curious to see whether we can come together as an industry. Not a lot of people realise that the fashion business in Australia generates approximately $30 billion a year.”

Leila Naja Hibri took up her role as CEO of the Australian Fashion Council in February this year, determined to create a path for change by way of its mentor programming, at the same time opening up channels for debate and discussion in industry. That was before the pandemic lockdowns. Now, Naja Hibri has an even louder battle cry.

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