The Woolmark Company
ABIE is pleased to welcome The Woolmark Company as a Business Member.
The Woolmark Company is the global authority on wool. Through its extensive network of relationships spanning the international textile and fashion industries, it highlights Australian wool’s position as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.
The Woolmark logo is one of the world’s most recognised and respected brands, providing assurance of the highest quality, and representing pioneering excellence and innovation from farm through to finished product.
The Woolmark Company is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 55,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.
In 2016 the International Woolmark Prize was presented at a special event at the iconic Palais de Tokyo, Paris. The return of the International Woolmark Prize to Paris salutes the original awards, initiated by the International Wool Secretariat in 1953. This year, the menswear and womenswear awards have been held together for the first time at one prestigious event.
More than 75 designers from more than 60 countries were nominated for this year’s award, with finalists representing six different regions around the world. The womenswear finalists were TOTON (Asia), macgraw (Australia & New Zealand), Faustine Steinmetz (British Isles), Tim Labenda (Europe), Nachiket Barve (India, Pakistan & the Middle East) and Gabriela Hearst (USA).
Gabriela Hearst was today announced the womenswear winner and will now receive AU$100,000 to help support the development of their business. They will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques.