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