Woolmark Prize Nominees USA
by Stephen Garner
International Woolmark Prize USA nominees
Courtesy of The Woolmark Company

The Woolmark Company has announced 10 USA regional nominees for the International Woolmark Prize. The USA regional award will be held in July in New York City.

The USA nominees for the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize in Menswear are: Abasi Rosborough, Matiere, Pyer Moss, Rochambeau, and Second/Layer. The USA nominees for Womenswear are: Gabriella Hearst, Monse, Nellie Partow, Sally LaPointe, and Hellessy.

Eighty designers in total have been selected from 62 countries to participate in this year’s award, which showcases the qualities of Australian Merino wool.

Six regional events will be held during July in Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, London, New York and Mumbai. Nominees will present one look in Merino wool and a six-piece capsule concept to industry experts. The 12 winning finalists will each receive an AU$50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection and an invitation to participate in the international global finals.

The winners of the menswear and womenswear finals will receive a further AU$100,000 to assist with fabric sourcing and marketing of their collection and mentoring from industry experts. In addition, both international winners will have the opportunity to have their collection distributed through prestigious international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, David Jones in Australia, Boutique 1 in the UAE, Verso in Belgium, LECLAIREUR in Paris, Boon the Shop in South Korea, The Papillion in Indonesia and online through (womenswear) and (menswear).