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Young designer works with the best

21 June 2012

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A 100 per cent Merino woollen outfit, designed by Peet Dullaert as part of his Liquorish collection
A 100 per cent Merino woollen outfit, designed by Peet Dullaert as part of his Liquorish collection. PHOTO: Team Peter Stigter.

Emerging Dutch designer Peet Dullaert has worked closely with The Woolmark Company after being shown The Wool Lab in March. The graduating fashion design student showed immense interest in The Wool Lab and Merino wool and was supported by The Woolmark Company whilst compiling his graduation collection.

“I showed The Wool Lab to the students of the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnheim, The Netherlands,” Benelux Country Manager for The Woolmark Company Ingrid Oomen said.

“Peet jumped out as being very interested in Merino wool. He told me about the collection he was preparing for his graduation and while we were talking he saw the possibilities of having a special garment made with Merino wool.

“So we agreed to support him with this.”

Through The Woolmark Company’s support, Dullaert was able to work with top Belgian knitwear expert Cousy to develop a 100 per cent Merino wool knitted outfit using high performance cashwool yarn from Zegna Baruffa.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to realise the garment as I intended it: classy and smart with high-quality finishings,” Dullaert said.

“What I love about wool is the manner in which it can be manipulated to create strong shapes while retaining soft volumes. For me, this evokes ultimate femininity with respect for the modern woman; providing comfort and wearability with a pure feeling of luxury.

“The unique natural resilience of wool makes it the ultimate fibre to work with.”

Dullaert also completed an internship at Lanvin and was asked to work on a special project for artistic director Alber Elbaz. He now has his own eponymous label, which can be viewed at http://www.peetdullaert.com/

“There is a big world to discover,” Ms Oomen said. “We can help designers find their way in the industry and assist in sourcing materials.

“We hope that this positive experience in working with high-quality Merino wool yarns from Zegna Baruffa will be continued in Peet’s future career, which we of course will follow carefully. And we will keep supporting him wherever we can with our global network of activities.”