Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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But he said this year's event also had arguably the strongest line-up of designers and international buyers to date.

"The international interest has been tremendous," said Lock, who has his sights set on making Sydney the world's fifth fashion capital after New York, London, Milan and Paris.

More than 60 Australian labels are now exported, worth an estimated $240 million a year, with interest on the rise.

The Australian Trade Commission, Austrade, said representatives from top fashion houses in the United States, Britain, Canada, Italy, Singapore, Ireland, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Hong Kong, China and New Zealand were attending fashion week with Indonesia bringing the largest delegation.

"Many Indonesian people are luxury brand conscious but also interested in Australian fashion for its fresh and innovative appeal," said Tjut Devi, a spokeswoman for Austrade Indonesia.

(Editing by Paul Casciato)

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