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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
20 OFF FARM Merino wool with its temperature regulating, moisture management and odour resistant properties has long been a favourite for travel apparel. But an enterprising make-up artist from Sydney, Nicole Lobegeiger, has extended the travel concept further by designing and producing a range of travel accessories, including a cape that doubles as an in-flight travel blanket, a unique contoured eye mask, warm stay-up socks, and a stylish accessories bag, all made from Australian Merino wool. Nicole knows more than a thing or two about long-haul flights. She says in her line of business it's not uncommon to be on a plane at a moment’s notice for an assignment anywhere in the world. It was while she was on a month’s long shoot for one of the world's leading airlines that she had the idea to create a range of Australian- made luxury travel accessories. Nicole says she immediately started searching for a raw material that typified the essence of the Australian countryside and lifestyle and that was sustainably grown and environmentally friendly. Merino wool was Nicole’s primary fibre of choice and, with assistance from AWI, Nicole was put in touch with a Woolmark-certified fabric manufacturer based in Melbourne. The Nicole Lobegeiger ‘Voyage’ range is now available online from her website. Nicole says each item has been designed to be super light, practical and timelessly modern with a focus on maximum in-flight comfort. “Travelling to distant shores usually involves eight hours or more confined aboard a plane. If you are comfortable and warm you are much more likely to sleep, which is essential if you want to arrive at your destination in peak condition,” Nicole says. “Your body temperature drops during the flight through lack of physical activity, so the cape in my collection, which is made from 100 per cent superfine Merino wool, is ideal for maintaining a comfortable body temperature. “It’s a fashionable alternative to a cardigan or throw. Lightweight, extremely cosy and easy to move around in, it's ideal for keeping warm in flight or lounging around in style in hotel suites, restaurants and bars.” Feet also need to be kept warm and unrestricted on a flight to encourage circulation, so Nicole includes wool blend socks in her range. Perhaps the most interesting item in the collection is the eye mask made from superfine Merino wool, designed for ultra-comfort. “Another important requirement for good sleep during a flight is darkness – because the lights-out effect signals the brain to sleep – so an eye mask is an essential travel accessory,” Nicole says. “The eye mask in my range features unique molded eye sockets, which prevent it from sitting flat across the eyes. The absence of scratchy sensations or pressure on the eyes helps ensure a restful sleep – whether you’re in flight, in your hotel room or at home.” And if you’re wondering how to carry these items, Nicole has also designed a travel accessories bag – made from 100 per cent superfine Merino wool on the outside, and 35 per cent cotton and 65 per cent polyester on the inside – which Nicole says is also roomy enough to carry other travel items such as an iPad, magazine, book and cosmetic bag. A range of quality travel accessories made in Australia from Merino wool has been released in the Nicole Lobegeiger ‘Voyage’ collection, to provide travellers with a First Class experience. • Nicole Lobegeiger, who does a lot of long-haul travel with her job as a professional make-up artist, saw a gap in the market a few years ago and promptly set up business to fill it, with support from AWI. • Perhaps the most interesting item in the collection is the eye mask made from superfine Merino wool that features unique molded eye sockets that help ensure a restful sleep. MERINO TRAVEL MORE INFORMATION www.nicolelobegeigervoyage.com ACCESSORIES The Nicole Lobegeiger Voyage collection of travel accessories made from Merino wool provides a First Class experience (dog not included). The eye mask in the collection is designed for ultra-comfort.