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Wool School Launch at the Royal Academy

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On Monday 14th October, the great and good of the Wool World gathered to celebrate in style at the Royal Academy. As if the start of Wool Week 2013 wasn’t a good enough reason to celebrate, the day also marked the launch of all of the Wool School Jumpers into national retailers. Wool School returned in 2013 for it’s second year, giving textile students across the country an opportunity to design a woolen jumper for some of the top designers and renowned retailers in the country. This year prestigious names included; Albam, Barbour, Brora, Christopher Raeburn for Harvey Nichols, Folk, Hobbs, Jigsaw, Lyle & Scott, M&S, Pringle of Scotland, Topshop, Topman and Margaret Howell.

The evening was a celebration of not only the students’ hard work, but also an opportunity to thank the retailers and all involved who have dedicated so much time and effort to the process. Above all, the evening was a celebration of wool,

Nicholas Coleridge, Vice-Chairman of the Campaign for Wool, took a moment to thank the audience for their continued support of wool saying;

“Today, as I say, we are particularly pleased to welcome the students, retailers and Colleges that took part in Wool School 2013. Wool School is one of the more interesting initiatives of the Campaign, in which our top 14 retailers work with a dozen Fashion Colleges, and students design to a brief – this year ‘knitwear traditions of the British Isles’ – and then the winning designs are manufactured and sold across the country in all those shops, all made from the finest, renewable and biodegradable wool.

“This is the fight back. It is the mission of the Campaign for Wool to do everything possible to support and promote this vital worldwide sheep industry and natural wool.”

John Thorley, Chairman of The Campaign for Wool, took to the stage to speak about the progress of the Campaign over the past years;

“On behalf of the Campaign and everyone who is a part of it may I express my heartfelt thanks.

“It seems like only yesterday that Our Royal Patron HRH The Prince of Wales challenged us to take action which would get wool repositioned so that it would take its rightful place as the leading natural fibre available to mankind.

The date was February 2008 and from those very early days when we looked at whether the challenge was feasible and realistic to the present time when we are beginning to see the fruits of our labour it has been an incredible journey of interminable discussion, hard decision making but most of all of commitment to a concept that with the correct approach wool could be returned to its rightful place as a fibre of real consequence in the world of fashion, upholstery and floor covering, as well as all other areas where wool has traditionally had a role to play.

“Amongst a number of key conclusions arrived at, before we could even call it a “Campaign” was the seminally important decision to take the opportunity to bring in the wool producers of the World; but most of all to get the backing of the Commonwealth countries. That decision has played a vital part in the success of the Campaign to date for it has brought a degree of critically important unity into the wool business from producer to end user while having a significant effect on all parts of the business in between.

“It is partly as a consequence of that decision that we find ourselves here at The Royal Academy tonight where the Campaign has made its first foray into the world of art by supporting The Royal Academy’s AUSTRALIA exhibition. I’m certain it won’t surprise you to learn that like The Campaign for Wool, AUSTRALIA (the Exhibition) is supported by the patronage of His Royal Highness and serves as the finest showcase of Australian art ever seen in the Northern Hemisphere, and significantly,one which all our guests are invited to view tonight.

“In addition and in recognition of the uniqueness of The Campaign for Wool, The Royal Academy Fellowship has allowed a small flock of Bowmont Merino sheep to grace the courtyard of The Royal academy this coming weekend on 19th and 20th of October. A truly fitting end to Wool Week 2013 and a clear expression of its international support and appeal.

“We have some distance to go to achieve our ultimate ambition of getting sheep and wool back into their rightful position as important contributors to the wellbeing of man without any damage to Mankind. But the journey has begun. It will take some time to complete but with the global support of all the participators already on board, the goodwill and active participation of everyone with a real interest in conserving and harnessing the massive and unparalleled benefits derived from the humble sheep, the future is in a much better place than it was when we started at the beginning of 2008.

“With those few words, on behalf of myself, Nicholas and the entire team may I extend my most sincere thanks to everyone involved and very best wishes for a truly successful Wool Week.”

PRINCEWALESWOOL

 

Wool School Stockist Addresses

 
Albam 
23 Beak St,
London
W1F 9RS ‎
 
111a Commercial Street,
Spitalfields Market,
London E1 6BG 
http://www.albamclothing.com/product/18898/navybarracuda/wool-school-cable-sweater.asp
http://www.albamclothing.com/product/18898/cliffpiccalilli/wool-school-cable-sweater.asp
 
Barbour
Covent Garden
134 Long Acre, 
St Martins Courtyard, 
LondonWC2E 9AA
 
113 Commercial Street
Spitalfields
London
E1 6BG
 
Monks Way, Bede Trading Estate
Jarrow
Tyne and Wear
NE32 3HL
 
21 Frederick Street
Edinburgh
EH2 2NE
 
5 St Ann’s Passage,
Kings Street
Manchester
M2 6AD
http://www.barbour.com/uk
 
Brora
48 Frederick Street, 
Edinburgh, 
EH2 1EX
 
2 Prospect Crescent, 
Harrogate, 
HG1 1RH
 
Sloane Square, 
6-8 Symons Street, 
London, 
SW3 2TJ
http://www.brora.co.uk/wool-week/
 
Jigsaw
Jigsaw King’s Road Store
The Chapel – 6 Duke of York’s Sq            
King’s Road
London
SW3 4LY
 
Jigsaw Argyll Street Store
9 Argyll Street
London
W1F 7TG
 
Jigsaw Kensington Store
65 Kensington High Street
London
W8 5SF
 
Jigsaw Dover Street Store
43 Dover Street
London
W1S 4NU
 
Jigsaw Westbourne Grove Store
190-192 Westbourne Grove
Notting Hill
London
W11 2RH 
 
Jigsaw Leeds Store23
King Edward Street
Victoria Quarter
Leeds
LS1 6AX
http://www.jigsaw-online.com/products/eve-honeycomb-sweater-7523
 
Christopher Raeburn at Harvey Nichols
109 – 125 Knightsbridge
London
SW1X 7RJ
http://www.harveynichols.com/mens/categories/designer-jackets-coats/casual/s475554-limited-edition-unisex-wool-bomber-jacket.html?colour=NAVY+AND+OTHER
 
 
Folk
 
53 Lamb’s Conduit St
London,
Greater London
http://www.folkclothing.com/
 
Lyle and Scott
1-2 Carnaby Street,
London,
W1F 9QF
http://www.lyleandscott.com/wool-school-winner/jumpers-&-cardigans/fcp-product/1710
 
Marks and Spencer
458 Oxford Street 
London
W1C 1AP
 
47 Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6HF
United Kingdom
 http://www.marksandspencer.com/
 
Pringle
Pringle of Scotland
94 Mount Street
London
W1K 2SZ
http://www.pringlescotland.com/gb/sweaters-cardigans_cod39398021ie.html
 
Topshop
36-38 Great Castle St,
Oxford Circus,
West End,
London,
Greater London
W1W 8LG
 70 Brompton Rd
Knightsbridge,
Greater London
http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/clothing-427/knitwear-444/knitted-wool-week-jumper-2298793?bi=1&ps=20
 
Topman
36-38 Great Castle St,
Oxford Circus,
West End,
London,
Greater London
W1W 8LG
http://bit.ly/18lf4wU
 
Margaret Howell 
34 Wigmore Street,
London,
W1U 2RS
www.margarethowell.co.uk
 
111 Fulham Road,
London,
SW3 6RL
 
 
Hobbs
17, The Marketplace,
 Covent Garden,
London, 
WC2E 8RB
 
47-48 South Molton St, 
London
W1K 5RZ
 
84-88 King’s Road,
London,
SW3 4TZ
 
http://www.hobbs.co.uk/product/display?productID=0213-9060-9044K00&productvarid=0213-9060-9044K00-IVORY%20MULTI-16&refpage=new-arrivals

 

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