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3rd April 2017, Australia

Sports brand Ashmei running with wool

The company’s highlight at the exhibition was The Woolmark Company’s virtual reality (VR) farm tour. © The Woolmark Company/Ashmei Ashmei, a UK based sports brand that produces top quality running and cycling apparel made with Australian Merino wool, has exhibited at The Running Event in Orlando, FL, one of the world’s premier running expos, which attracted 2,540 key industry professionals, including buyers and retailers from North America and Europe.

The company’s highlight at the exhibition that attracted a lot of visitors’ attention, according to the brand, was The Woolmark Company’s virtual reality (VR) farm tour. Visitors had the opportunity to wear VR headsets and be “transported” to an Australian sheep farm to visually experience first-hand the source of Merino wool.

Performance benefits

According to the company’s founder, Stuart Brooke, ashmei’s suppliers are selected purely on their ability to produce products with only the highest level of performance. “I have been involved in the development of high-end sportswear for some of the leading sports brands for the more than 20 years, and when I founded ashmei in 2012 I knew Merino wool would play a major role in the development of ashmei apparel,” he said.

“We don’t choose a price point, and then select a fabric and make the best product we can out of it. Rather, we work from the best fibre and develop the clothing for ultimate performance, quality and style. Every product has to be the best there is or we won’t launch it.”

While the performance benefits of the fibre have always been supremely important to ashmei, the company is also using the origin of Merino wool on wool-growing properties in its marketing to retailers and consumers.

Australian wool-growing

While VR is a very useful way of giving people, on the other side of the world, a sense of what an Australian wool-growing property is like, ashmei designer Lucy Reeve Smith has gone one step further and actually visited and worked on a wool-growing property in south Australia.

“Wool has always been a fibre that has fascinated me and one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed using in my design and textiles work,” said Ms Reeve Smith. “I went to Australia to find out more about the production of wool, and what makes it so good. I got a very hands-on experience working on a Merino sheep station in the middle of the South Australian outback.”

Ashmei is a UK based sports brand that produces top quality running and cycling apparel made with Australian Merino wool. © The Woolmark Company/Ashmei

“My experiences there have left me feeling even more passionate about wool and keen to encourage its use and development within the clothing industry. I think it’s a fibre that has so much to offer, with a combination of properties that so many other fabrics can’t provide, while also being natural and biodegradable.”

“That’s why I love being able to incorporate it into our designs at ashmei, knowing that we are providing our customers with innovative garments using the Merino fibre to the best of its ability.”

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