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The International Woolmark Prize connects the world's best emerging design talent with the world's most important retailers, mentors and suppliers.

Innovation Academy

The Woolmark Company’s Innovation Academy provides designers with a robust eight-month education and mentoring program, offering unparalleled access to International Woolmark Prize partners and mentors supporting product development, research and development, business and sustainability strategies.

Alison Veness Alison Veness
Alison Veness
Editor of leading titles, 10 Magazine and 10 Men and Creative Director at Large, Vogue Australia. Also Director of Alison Veness Publishing, a bespoke publishing house.
Packaging products utilising specially engineered materials that are designed to solve the problem of ‘single use’ plastic.
Common Objective Common Objective
Common Objective
Common Objective makes it easier for businesses to work in the most sustainable way and to build successful businesses, with a positive impact for people and the environment.
Elisabeth Van Delden Elisabeth Van Delden
Elisabeth Van Delden
Ever since Elisabeth Van Delden started working in the wool industry in 2011 as the Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organisation, she made it her mission to communicate about wool and the wool industry.
Eva de Laat Eva de Laat
Eva de Laat
Eva de Laat is one part of Studio Eva x Carola. The brand’s expertise is in seamless and circular knitting techniques and exploring alternative production methods that bring a new dimension to activewear.
Kjersti Kyiseth Kjersti Kyiseth
Kjersti Kyiseth
Kyiseth works as an independent consultant on circular design and development, mainly in textiles, fashion and outdoor. She has a product design background and 10 years’ experience as a sustainability manager in the furniture industry.
Provenance Provenance
Provenance enables businesses to make the origin, journey and impact behind products transparent. From ingredients and farm photos to workers and carbon footprint, Provenance connects shoppers to the brands and products that match their values.
Retail Partners Trade Partners Nominating Bodies Event Partners


The International Woolmark Prize connects the world’s best emerging design talent with the world’s most important boutiques and retailers. Through The Woolmark Company’s valued retail network, designers have the opportunity to enter new markets, reach new clients and build important relationships to develop and commercialise their brand. As supporters of the prize, these retail partners are investing in the future of the fashion industry and reaffirming Merino wool’s position as the ultimate luxury fibre.


The International Woolmark Prize has brought together an experienced collective of progressive international partners at different stages of the supply chain and manufacturing process who are able to support designers with product ideation, development and commercial realisation of concepts. The trade partner program fosters more meaningful and sustainable product outcomes for both the designer and the manufacturer. Products will be showcased at the global final event and supported by a global trade communications strategy.

If you are a designer and interested in being connected with any of the below trade partners, please contact


Entry to participate in the International Woolmark Prize is available to any brand worldwide which meets the application criteria. These applications are then reviewed by a panel of industry experts committed to reviewing outstanding achievers fashion, designers who are in the early stages of their career and who have shown promise and dedication in growing a business though are yet to be established in a global sense.


The Woolmark Company is pleased to have the support of our special event partners for the global final.