Retailers threw their support behind Australia’s annual Wool Week to coincide with the start of the mid-winter retail season. The initiative was part of the Campaign for Wool, which aims educate consumers about the natural benefits of wool and increase sales of wool product.
Australian tailor M.J. Bale highlighted the sheep to shop journey to the public outside its flagship Martin Place store in Sydney, with the help of AWI’s celebrity ram-bassadors Fred and Truffle.
Some of Australia’s biggest apparel retailers have joined boutique shops, designers and woolgrowers in celebrating Australia’s natural fibre for Wool Week 2016.
With wool highlighted in retail outlets across Australia from May 9-16, leading shopping centre Westfield joined the campaign as a major partner. Westfield Sydney, Miranda and Doncaster this year hosted in-centre activations promoting wool. There were also intimate Q&A sessions with Australia’s leading fashion designers, pop-up shops and exhibitions from leading textile artists.
Westfield Sydney hosted a Designer Yarns series, with shoppers invited to meet leading fashion designers in intimate Q&A sessions. Designers include Mario-Luca Carlucci, STRATEAS CARLUCCI; Matt Jensen, M.J. Bale; Bianca Spender; and Genevieve and Alexandra Smart, Ginger & Smart.
With Australia producing 90% of the world's fine apparel wool, it's no surprise that some of the country's biggest labels and retailers are throwing their support behind the campaign.
Wool Week forms a key part of the Campaign for Wool. Initiated in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Campaign for Wool promotes wool as a natural, renewable and biodegradable alternative to synthetic fibres.
“Wool Week aims to reconnect consumers with the versatility, luxury and natural benefits of wool, encouraging consumers to make more considered purchasing decisions,” explained The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough.
“At a retail level, we applaud all of the Australian brands who continue to support the campaign and champion the message to ‘Live naturally, Choose wool’.
“Both Westfield and AWI work with the world's leading retail and luxury brands and so we were pleased to welcome Westfield as a major partner for this year’s celebrations, highlighting the use of Australian Merino wool both in Australian and international fashion.”
Extreme Knitter Jacqui Fink hosted a knitting experience at Westfield Sydney.
Westfield Miranda hosted in-centre installations and featured the latest wool apparel from retailers Kookai, Country Road, Saba, Sambag, Metalicus and MARCS.
Fashion labels Dion Lee, Celeste Tesoriero and WAH-WAH took part in Westfield Doncaster’s InHabit pop-up showcase, alongside homewares by extreme knitter Jacqui Fink and textile artist Grace Wood.
Westfield Sydney, in partnership with The Powerhouse Museum, showcased a preview of the Isabella Blow: A Fashionable Life exhibition which opened during Wool Week and is running until 28 August.
BIG DREAMS Emporium in Melbourne held a fun and fashionable kids yoga session, with attendees receiving a complimentary set of Merino knitwear from the childrenswear brand Love My Smalls. PHOTO: Ania von Oxenberg.
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