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26th August 2015, Sydney

Woolmark highlights Merino wool at Texworld USA

Following the widespread uptake of Merino wool for next-to-skin apparel, leading outdoor brands are now incorporating Merino wool innovations into their collections.The power of premium products was a key topic of discussion at the 19th edition of Texworld USA, a leading communication platform for fabric manufacturers, which took place in New York City last month.

With 947 exhibitors from more than 40 countries taking up residence at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, exhibitor numbers and show space was up by 25% for the summer show, according to organisers.

The Woolmark Company Director of the Americas, Michelle Lee, joined a panel of industry professionals to discuss the value and power of premium products, focusing on how to create premium products and add luxury to the everyday.

Wool’s versatility

With representatives from Ralph Lauren and Converse in the audience, as well as designers, CEOs and product developers, the seminar allowed The Woolmark Company to highlight Australian Merino wool as the ultimate natural fibre and premier ingredient in luxury apparel.

“As the world becomes a more casual place, we are seeing major brands increasingly interested and educated in Merino wool’s versatility,” said Ms Lee. “Traditionally, wool was seen as mainly a fibre used in men’s suits. Yet whilst it is still the premier fibre for high-end wovenwear, there was a lot of discussion about other uses for wool and the rise of the fibre in outdoor apparel.”

Michelle Lee was presenting alongside Buxton Midyette, Supima VP Marketing & Promotions, and Tricia Carey, Lenzing Director Business Development Denim. The panel was moderated by Fabrikology Founder Karla Magruder.

Merino trend

Following the widespread uptake of Merino wool for next-to-skin apparel, such as base-layers, a large number of the world’s leading outdoor brands are now incorporating the latest Merino wool innovations into their collections, with wool becoming more prominent in outerwear apparel, the company reports.

Reflecting the changing face of the apparel market, the world is experiencing a rise in sports luxe apparel, with consumers buying up sportswear-turn-streetwear, resulting in traditional fashion brands incorporating an element of activewear into their collections.

“Trade shows such as Texworld are important for The Woolmark Company, as they allow us to not only promote the latest innovations in wool, but also connect with our global partners who attend the show.”

www.woolmark.com

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