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Beyond the Bale : March 2015
OFF FARM 11 VOGUE PROMOTION AN EARLY-EVENING STROLL AMONG THE FLORA IS ENHANCED BY THE FEELING OF SARTORIAL CONTENTMENT THAT CLEAN-CUT SEPARATES IMBUE Suit, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Top, Rapha. Sandals, Ancient Greek Sandals QUENTIN DE BRIEY CHRISTOPHER ESBER COLLECTION LAUNCHED IN DUBAI Australian fashion designer and International Woolmark Prize alumnus Christopher Esber has released his debut Cool Wool collection. Following on from his International Woolmark Prize success at the Australian regional final in 2013, fashion designer Christopher Esber has partnered with AWI to produce his debut Cool Wool capsule collection. The collection was launched in October in Dubai at The Dubai Mall as part of Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience. The Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest and most-visited retail destination, welcomed more than one million visitors during the three-day event. The Sydney-based womenswear designer has focused on lightweight Merino wool fabric to punctuate his Autumn/Winter collection, not only highlighting the trans-seasonal properties of Merino wool but also offering a collection suited to both northern and southern hemispheres. “I have always looked to approach the use of wool within my collections in an unexpected way,” says Esber. “Autumn/Winter 2015 is the collection with which I have entered the international market, and in doing so, I needed to ensure my use of wool translated to both hemispheres. “Merino wool is an incredibly versatile fibre and I have been able to interpret its use into varied silhouettes from fine sheer mesh shirting to structured dresses and skirts.” AWI has worked closely with Esber to identify the best suppliers of lightweight Merino wool through the illustrious Cool Wool Guild members. Esber exclusively sourced and manufactured his Cool Wool collection with Nikke, a highly respected and long-term Woolmark licensee and Cool Wool guild member based in Japan. AWI Country Manager Toshiya Inoue presenting the 2014 Cool Wool Award to Japanese actor Ryohei Suzuki. ©The Men’s Fashion Unity. JAPAN’S COOL WOOL BEST DRESSER AWARD AWI supports a Cool Wool award at Japan's Best Dresser Awards to promote the trans-seasonal benefits of wool. Japanese actor Ryohei Suzuki has been awarded the 2014 Cool Wool Award, as part of the 43rd annual Best Dresser Awards in Tokyo, Japan. The Best Dresser Awards were established in 1972 with the aim to increase awareness about fashion. The annual award selects the Best Dressers of the year from several industries and businesses. AWI established the Cool Wool Award two years ago to choose the coolest wool wearer out of the year’s Best Dressers. Presenting the Cool Wool award, AWI Country Manager for Japan, Toshiya Inoue, said: “Many people believe wool is only for autumn and winter, but it is not only for those two seasons; thanks to its natural attributes such as moisture absorption and desorption, wool is a fibre that keeps you comfortable in spring and summer as well. “It is our aim with this Cool Wool Award to educate consumers that wool is a trans- seasonal fibre, and that keeps you cool both in terms of climate and style.” COOL WOOL AGAIN FEATURED BY AUSTRALIA'S M.J. BALE Woolmark licensee and Australian tailor M.J. Bale once again presented Cool Wool in its latest spring/summer range. After introducing Cool Wool into its Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection, Australian tailor M.J. Bale continued to work with lightweight Australian Merino wool fabrics for Spring/Summer 2014/15, presenting a Cool Wool collection designed to meet the needs of the well-dressed business traveller. Sourcing the majority of fabrics from Cool Wool Guild member Vitale Barberis Canonico, M.J. Bale’s trademark soft-shouldered suits, woven from Australian superfine Merino wool, remained a pillar of the Classics collection (main line) for the business traveller. With soft wool jackets in dusty pinks, blues and beige, M. J. Bale also opted to inject the brand’s tailoring philosophy into its high- end spring and summer pieces, extending the selling season of wool garments and highlighting the trans-seasonal benefits and versatility of Australian Merino wool. “This collection was inspired by the functional requirements of a well-dressed gentleman travelling overseas, and what I saw as the importance of trans-seasonal garments and dressing, which is now the new normal,” explained M.J. Bale CEO and founder Matt Jensen. “We wanted to create a collection for this guy to wear seamlessly in all global cities, destinations and climates; garments he can dress up for business in the urban metropolises, then dress down for holiday time – always perfectly presented and comfortable, always sophisticated.” Advert for M.J. Bale’s Spring/Summer 2014/15 Cool Wool collection. TRAVEL PURSUITS 15 An item from Christopher Esber’s debut Cool Wool collection.