Merino wool use driving 10pc lift in sports and outdoor fabric volumes

Sheep Central August 9, 2017

Chinese supermodel and fitness enthusiast He Sui in Merino wool athleisure wear by Particle Fever.

ICONIC Asian luxury department store Lane Crawford has collaborated with Australian Wool Innovation’s marketing arm, The Woolmark Company to launch two wool-rich athleisure collections by Helen Lee and Particle Fever.

Under the theme of Fitness x Fashion and featuring Chinese supermodel and fitness enthusiast He Sui, the collections are available in Lane Crawford stores across China and Hong Kong and at highlighting the natural versatility, beauty and benefits of Australian Merino wool as the ultimate performance fibre.

The Woolmark Company said the fast evolution of Merino wool in the sports and outdoor fabric market has driven a 10 percent year-on-year lift in manufacturing volume and generated an extra 1 million kilograms of extra demand in that time.

It is a market segment that Australian Wool Innovation regularly engages with via initiatives such as The Wool Lab Sports and at global trade shows that show the latest innovations and ideas, the company said.

“As part of Lane Crawford’s commitment to supporting emerging Chinese talent and design innovation, we are excited to be collaborating with The Woolmark Company on two worldwide exclusive collections with designers Helen Lee and Particle Fever,” Lane Crawford chief brand officer Joanna Gunn said.

“This range incorporates Merino wool into innovative and technical athleisure garments that showcase the versatility of the sustainable fibre and its importance to the future of fashion.”

With the theme of Work Out Work, Helen Lee’s collection aims to motivate people to get moving and aspire a healthier, balanced lifestyle, The Woolmark Company said. Her layered looks combine modern prints in contrasting colours such as bright yellow and grey, while the use of lightweight and versatile Merino wool fabrics make each garment easy to combine and extremely comfortable to wear.

“The fabrics I used are in fact incredibly light and breathable, and this project has completely changed my perception of wool.

“I aimed to design athleisure pieces in this capsule collection that are practical and easy to mix and match, but also comfortable, stylish and trendy,” Lee said.

“Right from the beginning of my design process, I prioritised functionality over aesthetics,” Particle Fever chief designer Lin Hai said.

“Drawing the inspiration from Merino wool, I hope to bring up that wool-rich athleisure collection can also be stylish and innovative.”

Source: AWI.


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  1. Edward Wymer, August 10, 2017

    Another wonder fabric, we seem to get one every couple of years. The last one was Neulana in October 2015, never to be heard of again as usual. For superfine and fine merino, why not just go with cashmere as the Europeans do?

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