Community Support– Charity & Education Partnerships
Red Cross Donations
The team at our National Support Centre make regular blood donations to the Red Cross. It is an opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives and to help those in need.
St Vincent De Paul Donations
Jeanswest make regular donations of seconds to St Vincent De Paul providing clothing and warmth to those in need.
Environmental Disaster Relief Efforts
Recognising the need for support and relief in areas devastated by fire and flood, Jeanswest has donated over $140,000 worth of clothing to affected communities. We are committed to our local communities and will continue our support during times of natural disaster.
The Glorious Sun Group
The Glorious Sun Group places a strong emphasis on giving back to the community and supports and assists numerous projects with ground-breaking results.
Here is a snapshot of some of the community work the Group has been involved in:
In 2003 Glorious Sun donated a sizeable sum to the Ministry of Health to support and develop the purchase of life-saving medication to assist in the outbreak of the SARS disease in China.
Environmental Disaster Relief Efforts
In 2008 the Group leveraged its retail network of Jeanswest stores throughout China to launch a charity drive donating proceeds to the victims of the Wenchuan earthquake.
Culture is incorporated into day-to-day business within the Glorious Sun Group and as such, they support the development of many Buddhist temples and institutions. Most notable projects include the 11 year development project of Pushou Temple in Shanxi Province, the 6 year reconstruction of Baizhang Temple in Jiangxi Province and a monetary donation to construct Lin Yen Shan Temple in Taiwan. The Group has also sponsored the establishment of the Centre of Buddhist studies of the Hong Kong University and provided postgraduate scholarships.
Glorious Sun Group Primary Schools
The Glorious Sun Group lead by example with their community programs. Established in 1998, ‘Project Hope’ is one of their longest standing initiatives. Building Jeanswest Primary Schools in 29 provinces across China this program assists children in impoverished regions to gain an education and has assisted more than 20,000 students since its launch.
Along with our current charity work and partnerships, Jeanswest has, in the past, also been supporters of Pink Ribbon, Seconds to Give and The Reach Foundation. We are proud to have been a part of the good work of these charities and the support they offer to the community.
RMIT UNIVERSITY, Melbourne
Jeanswest formed a partnership with RMIT in 2011 and continues to be committed to nurturing up and coming talent in the textile and fashion areas. We offer students opportunities to learn, from our business, all of the aspects of fashion retail.
Our programs with RMIT include:
Work Experience Placements
We offer students work experience placements throughout the year where they can learn from our design team and develop an understanding of the different facets of a fashion business.
Mark Daynes, our CEO, is a member of the RMIT School of Fashion and Textiles Industry Advisory Group and provides staff with insight on the latest trends within the clothing industry and strategic advice on the school's future direction.
Our Design Internship provides students with valuable industry experience and prepares them for future employment opportunities. We immerse our students across all aspects of the brand and business and coach them on the tools they need to be successful in a fashion design career. They are truly treated like a member of the Jeanswest team.
Claudia Senserrick, our Assistant Designer in Menswear, started off her career at Jeanswest by completing an Internship.
Claudia gives us some insight into her Internship experience…
- The Internship was recommended to me after I completed work experience at Jeanswest. I submitted a questionnaire and this was followed by a couple of interviews where I presented my folio to the designers and the General Manager of Product. When I was offered the Internship, I remember being excited and terrified in equal measure. The lovely Jeanswest team very quickly put me at ease.
- When I started my Internship I had never created artwork for a garment. After a few months, and with the guidance of the design team, I started submitting original artwork for t-shirts. I was so excited when the first t-shirt was delivered into store. That was the best moment. It’s such a big deal for someone straight out of fashion school when you’re able to see in numbers the amount of people who bought something you designed and to see people on the street wearing it. It’s such a confidence boost when the designers trust you to create a commercial product.
- Be prepared to work hard. This industry is exciting and rewarding if you’re passionate and hard working. In saying that, never think that something is out of reach, you’ve got nothing to lose for giving it a go. If you get offered an opportunity in the industry take it, whatever it is, you never know what doors it may open for you. I am so thankful for everything that I’ve been able to see and do because of my Internship.
- Because humans are constantly evolving and always looking for something new, the market is forever changing. The best part about designing is you’re always on your toes, nothing is ever boring because you have to keep abreast of what your customer is after. I’ve learnt so much having been in the industry, because everything I learned at school has been put into context and built upon. I think that’s the best part, that you’re always on the go and you’re always working on something new. It’s also really nice to work for a company with a history as long as Jeanswest’s and to see how it has progressed and continues to make positive changes through time.
- At the moment I’m still finding my feet in my current role. I can’t believe how much I have developed in such a sort amount of time. One thing I’ve learnt is that while it’s good to make plans for the future, you never know what opportunities will arise. I hope to be the head designer of a company one day, maybe Jeanswest, maybe my own! I’ll just wait to see what happens.
Members of our Management team frequent RMIT University to give lectures and industry insight to students on the Business of Fashion.