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The Woolmark Company and Paul Smith announce historic collaboration

7 November 2013

The Woolmark Company British designer Paul Smith announce a collaboration that will see Australian Merino wool being highlighted across the Paul Smith Men's London collection for Spring/Summer 14 and Autumn/Winter 14/15.

 

British designer Paul Smith with his Men's London collection for SS 14
British designer Paul Smith with his Men's London collection for SS 14.

Owner of the world's best known textile fibre brand - The Woolmark Company - and British designer Paul Smith announce a collaboration that will see Australian Merino wool being highlighted across the Paul Smith Men's London collection for SS 14 and AW 14/15. In support of Merino wool, Paul Smith will take an ambassadorial role in collaborating with The Woolmark Company on a co-branded campaign for both seasons. The campaigns will run in digital formats as well as traditional print media to widen the reach of consumer engagement.

The Woolmark Company, which collaborates with leading names in the global fashion and media industry to position Merino wool as a natural, luxury fibre at the top end of the market, has chosen Paul Smith for a global collaboration to highlight his design philosophy of 'individuality' and affirm the place of Merino wool as a premium, innovative and versatile fibre.

For his first collection with The Woolmark Company, through the Men's London collection for SS 14, Paul Smith will focus on the use of Cool Wool. Seven worsted Cool Wool fabrics woven by leading European mills have been selected as the mainstay of the collection. Cool Wool fabrics are made from fine Australian Merino wool fashioned into lightweight fabrics through modern manufacturing and processing techniques.

"I have always been a fan of natural fibres, cotton for shirts and wool for the rest, a good staple diet for a fashion designer," said the designer. "Of course over the years since I started, there has been lots of other new high-tech fabrics that have arrived but I still tend to stick with my wool.

"Cool Wool is very important for us because we are selling into 72 countries around the world, and a lot of the countries we sell to are very hot all year round or very humid and Cool Wool has really helped us with that…and high twist wools and fabrics that have life, because a lot of our clients are actors, fashion designers, architects, graphic designers, people who are on aeroplanes and trains, travelling all the time so you need fabrics that have got life."

Merino wool is the natural fibre of choice for a spring/summer collection due to its natural breathability, softness, drape, moisture absorption and inherent temperature regulating properties - providing fabrics with luxurious style, shape and elegance.

"Paul Smith is a brand that is synonymous with style and as a designer and identity Paul Smith resonates with global consumers as a name they trust and respect," explained Robert Langtry, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of The Woolmark Company. "We are pleased to be announcing this partnership with Paul Smith which reaffirms the strong position wool holds in this market while Cool Wool highlights its versatility."

Paul Smith has a global fashion following, with a particularly strong presence in the Asian and Middle East markets where there is a need for garments that can perform in the heat and regulate changes in temperature from cool air conditioned indoor areas to the hotter outdoor environment. Smooth, fine and lightweight wools and high twist wool fabrics offer a great look and provide a popular dry and cool handle, ideal when dealing with higher temperatures.

Paul Smith and The Woolmark Company are ideal partners to educate global consumers about the unique natural qualities of wool, not least of which is the natural, renewable and biodegradable aspects of the fibre which is grown year-round by Australia's 70 million Merino sheep.

For further information, please contact:

Melissa Grace
Marketing Communications Manager
melissa.grace@wool.com
t. +61 (0) 2 8295 3127


Annelinde Rossman
Media Communications
annelinde.rossman@wool.com
t. +61 (0) 2 8295 5604

About The Woolmark Company:

The Woolmark is the world's best known textile fibre brand, established in 1964.

The Woolmark brand and The Woolmark Company are owned by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), a not-for-profit company owned by more than 25,000 woolgrowers. AWI's vision is to be a significant contributor to a vibrant, stable and profitable wool industry providing the world with the best natural fibre. The company works throughout the global supply chain - from woolgrowers through to retailers.

The company mission is to enhance the profitability, international competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry; and increase demand and market access for Australian wool.

Merino wool provides stability, resilience, softness and luxury to the tailoring industry. The fibre has long been a favourite of designers, but younger consumers, born in an era of 'disposable' fashion know too little about the natural benefits. Wool is a 100 per cent natural and renewable fibre.

Wool is a 100 per cent natural and renewable fibre. Sheep live on grass, water, fresh air and sunshine. Wool is a fibre that is grown - not man-made. Every year sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source.