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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
5.11 Tactical’s new wool-rich uniform collection was launched on the 5.11 Tactical stand at the Shot Show trade show in Las Vegas. 5.11 Tactical is a service apparel and gear manufacturer that originally made its mark in the early 1990s when its 5.11® Pant was adopted by the FBI Training Academy as its training pant. The company has evolved by developing an extensive range of law enforcement and public safety products, and today is also expanding into the outdoor and fitness markets. It has stores across the world including in Australia. 5.11 Tactical’s uniform line is suitable for service personnel such as police and first responders. In fact, Australia’s Northern Territory police force is dressed by 5.11 Tactical. AWI’s marketing arm The Woolmark Company has partnered with 5.11 Tactical, helping the company create a wool/polyester blend Class A (formal) uniform collection made using Flex-Tac® fabric, a specialised proprietary blend engineered to provide extreme durability and performance. Australian Merino wool provides next to skin softness, while also resisting abrasion, and features natural stretch properties, while retaining shape and colour. The Flex-Tac® Poly/ Wool line is the first ever Class A uniform with mechanical stretch that also has a Teflon® finish and is home laundry friendly. The garments resist soiling and staining and offer natural thermoregulation and UV protection. The collection has Woolmark certification and includes men's and women's short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirts and pants. It was unveiled to media and wholesalers in January at the Shot Show trade show in the USA, with full market availability coming in Summer 2018. The collection will also be on display at the USA’s largest police uniform trade show, IACP. “Our alignment with 5.11 Tactical not only highlights the versatility of Australian Merino wool, but is also a nod to the fibre's heritage,” said AWI CEO Stuart McCullough. “Traditionally, wool has been used in a variety of uniforms, so it is nice to see the fibre return to this important sector. Highly breathable with superb thermoregulation properties and resistance to odour, Merino wool should be the natural choice for police and service personnel.” The partnership marks the beginning of a long-standing relationship whereby AWI will continue to work closely with and support 5.11 Tactical’s design team, which has already viewed and utilised AWI’s The Wool Lab sourcing guide for wool fabrics and yarns. AWI’s USA, Shanghai and Hong Kong teams have also supported 5.11 Tactical by providing wool appreciation courses for their design and development teams, and connecting their design team with the wool supply chain. “5.11 leads with innovation in the design and development of all of our products – and our uniform line specifically demands the highest levels of functionality and durability,” said David Hein, Vice President of 5.11’s Professional Division. “Collaborating with The Woolmark Company shows 5.11’s commitment to providing the highest levels of performance in our uniform offering. We are excited to be working with Woolmark on our Flex-Tac® Poly/Wool Collection and look forward to exploring additional opportunities to partner together in the future.” MORE INFORMATION www.511tactical.com Orders from law enforcement and other agencies for innovative wool-rich uniforms are soon expected, following an initiative by AWI with North American company 5.11 Tactical to regain a significant market share for wool in the uniforms sector. LAW AND ORDERS An example of the new Woolmark-certified wool/polyester blend uniforms from 5.11 Tactical. 22 OFF FARM
In the Shops - March 2018