Lagos Space Programme from Nigeria and Denmark’s A. ROEGE HOVE have been announced the winners of the 2023 International Woolmark Prize and Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, respectively, at a special event held in Paris. BYBORRE is also celebrating after being recognised as the Supply Chain Award recipient.
An expert panel of judges including Alessandro Sartori, Carine Roitfeld, Caroline de Maigret, Elizabeth von der Goltz, Francesco Risso, John Roberts, Pieter Mulier, Salehe Bembury, Shaway Yeh, Sinéad Burke, Tim Blanks, and Tyler Mitchell selected the winners.
“The speciality of the Woolmark Prize is it’s the only fashion award celebrating the fibre and materials and nature – the animals, the soil, all the farmers in the supply chain,” said Shaway Yeh. “It’s not only celebrating human creativity but also nature’s creativity.”
Lagos Space Programme wins IWP2023
Lagos Space Programme is a conceptual non-binary design label by Adeju Thompson. It offers intellectual, ready-to-wear, high-end crafted collections while exploring parallel concepts through multidisciplinary collaboration projects. The brand impressed judges with its completeness in the collection and the way it explored and used Merino wool to tailor each piece.
“What I loved was the story behind the brand which is so important, and what they’re bringing to light in their community in Nigeria,” said Elizabeth von der Goltz. “They’re crafted beautifully and look like something you could buy in the most luxurious retailers in the world.”
A. ROEGE HOVE wins 2023 Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation
Denmark’s A. ROEGE HOVE was presented with the Karl Lagerfeld Award for Innovation, after impressing the judges with the freshness of her collection and the attention paid to the supply chain and manufacturing process. A. ROEGE HOVE is a conceptual knitwear brand that challenges traditions with a modern and artistic approach to original craftsmanship and an aim for silhouettes to be both effortless and extravagant. The unique designs are created each season by founder Amalie Røge Hove.
“The way she constructed her collection and the emphasis on development. It felt new to me,” said Pieter Mulier.”
For A. ROEGE HOVE, winning the International Woolmark Prize means the world.
BYBORRE receives the 2023 Supply Chain Award
Amsterdam-based textile innovation studio BYBORRE works on the frontiers of material development, functionality and aesthetics to constantly innovate with engineered knits, pushing the limits of technical performance textiles. Starting with the design, materials and engineering of multi-layered fabrics, BYBORRE was awarded this year’s supply chain award, recognised for the invaluable contribution it has paid to finalists across the past few years. Innovators and trailblazers, the studio continues to empower designers in a bid to democratise the supply chain to ensure it remains accessible to all.
“The International Woolmark Prize is an important stepping stone for the industry and a great example of how we can better support and promote future talent who is working on improving the world of tomorrow,” says Borre Akkersdijk. “Winning this prize for our efforts in the supply chain are not only a win for us but for all our partners doing the heavy lifting. It is so important to show all steps - from beginning to end - as there is innovation along the whole route that deserves a spotlight. For BYBORRE, this gives us extra energy and good attention to push further and lead more changes to come.”