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Known for her fusion of fashion and art, acclaimed Australian artist and designer Jenny Kee has been adored the world over for her iconic knitwear inspired by the flora and fauna of Australia.

Kee was the first designer to express iconic Australiana references in knitwear and it continues to feel charmingly suited today as it did all those years ago.

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BLINKY RETURNS

Continuing to push the boundaries of traditional wool knitwear, iconic Australian designer Jenny Kee returns with an Australian Merino wool capsule collection featuring 8 key looks, reminiscent of her recognisable Australiana knitwear from the 1980s.

Working alongside The Woolmark Company, Jenny Kee’s collection, titled A New Beginning, is made from 100% Australian Merino wool and references seminal works from her vintage knitwear, including the new Blinky Knit which is a modern adaption of the original koala knit famously worn by Princess Diana in 1982.

Along with the 8 jumpers and cardigans, the collection has been matched with 100% Merino wool scarves and beanies. With a limited production run and a small collection of styles, it’s a niche collaboration made for a fashion collector, not just savvy shoppers. Made from the finest quality yarn these works of art are sure to stand the test of time.

“As someone who made her name designing quality knitwear it has been a joy to bring my beloved knits back to life,” explains Jenny Kee.  

“Working with The Woolmark Company has been a very special experience because I was able to work with the finest Italian natural yarn and utilise modern knitting technology in a completely new way.”

The collection references Jenny Kee's iconic patterns from the archives and utilises digital knitting technology to create the ultimate modern Australian knitwear. Made with Italian-spun yarn from Zegna Baruffa’s premium 100% Cashwool® range, the premium fine Merino wool yarn complements Kee’s signature style, allowing for an extravaganza of 27 colours and highlighting Merino wool’s superb colour fastness.

For the past 40 years Jenny Kee has remained a remarkable presence within the Australian fashion industry, with a passionately joyous and distinctly Australian approach to her craft. Her wool revival marks a trip down memory lane, continuing to draw inspiration from Australia’s cultural and natural landscape, her love for Australian flora and fauna and of course a kaleidoscope of colour.

“This is a very limited edition capsule collection, only 50 pieces in each style, representing my most favourite iconic designs, always inspired by Australians' unique nature.”

The re-launch of Jenny Kee’s iconic Australian Merino wool jumpers highlights some of the most important moments in fashion for wool and at the same time allows a new generation to enjoy these era-defining looks.

A New Beginning is available to buy online at www.jennykee.com.

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