The Woolmark Company is pleased to announce the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize global final will be held in Florence on 9 January, 2018. Continuing to attract wide support from across the industry, The Woolmark Company reveals the judging panel of industry heavyweights who will select the menswear and womenswear winners for the prestigious fashion award.
The 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize judging panel - to be mediated by Federico Poletti - includes: Miroslava Duma, Phillip Lim, Livia Firth, Emanuele Farneti, Sarah Mower, Amber Valletta, Elizabeth Von Guttman, Liya Kebede, Nonita Kalra, Riccardo Vannetti, Stuart McCullough and Julie Davies, along with representatives from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network.
As the International Woolmark Prize continues to expand, The Woolmark Company has partnered with Future Tech Lab which will power the new Innovation Award, bridging the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion. Future Tech Lab CEO and Founder Miroslava Duma will select the inaugural winner of the Innovation Award.
“The International Woolmark Prize returns to Florence, with the iconic Stazione Leopolda hosting the global final as part of Pitti Uomo,” says The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “Once again we have the world’s best emerging design talent from across the globe competing for this prestigious award and the chance to have their collection stocked in the world’s most important retailers and boutiques, thanks to the support from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network. The support we receive from our prestigious judging panel is a testament to the importance of the award and is a true celebration of innovation and design.”
12 finalists from 6 regions will compete in the menswear and womenswear category. Discover this year’s global finalists.
A major part of the prize is the opportunity for the winners to be stocked in some of the most important boutiques across the world. Australia’s premier luxury multi-brand boutique Parlour X and Italian concept store Sugar are the latest retailers to join the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network, joining Tata CLiQ Luxury, Hudson's Bay Company, online retailer ssense.com, Boutique 1, Boon the Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com and Takashimaya.
The Woolmark Company is pleased to have the support of online wholesale platform and official showroom partner ORDRE, along with TONI&GUY and makeup by MAC.