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Beyond the Bale : September 2018
SCANLAN COLLECTIVE’S LOVE FOR MERINO WOOL A new label launched at Wagin Woolorama in March this year was born from the designers’ love of Australian wool that began very early in their lives. SCANLAN COLLECTIVE PRODUCTS Manufactured in Western Australia using machine washable Australian-made wool fabrics, the products in the Scanlan Collective range come in a gorgeous range of neutral colours. A pocket tee, frill tee, pant, blouse, dress and 1m x 1m swaddle are available in a 145gsm lightweight Merino jersey fabric made from 100% superfine Australian Merino wool of 18.5 micron or less. A pocket tee, frill tee, pant and romper are also available in a 195gsm fabric made from 19.5 micron or less Australian Merino wool. The Scanlan name is well known in Western Australia for its decades-long involvement in the wool industry. Peter Scanlan Wools is a broker with more than three decades of buying and selling West Australian wool. However, the Scanlan name is becoming even more widely known after Peter Scanlan’s daughter Emily, and her cousin Leanne, launched a new label – Scanlan Collective – that manufactures and sells products made from 100% Australian Merino wool. “We are a new label that is designed and produced in Western Australia using Australian Merino wool, knitted and dyed in Australia,” said Emily. “Both Leanne and I are mothers of two young children, so it seemed natural that our first collection be designed for children from three months up to five years. It’s a playful collection, designed with a classic and contemporary style. “We believe in quality over quantity, in being the opposite of fast-fashion, and making products that will last a lifetime. We design to keep your little ones comfortable 100% of the time – our clothing feels luxuriously soft and gentle on the skin.” The label was born from a love of Australian wool that has shaped the lives of Emily and Leanne. This love affair started with their grandfather, Frank Scanlan. A self-taught innovator in the wool industry in Western Australia, who experimented with wool blends and invented new ways to engineer the processing of wool. Frank established agencies in America, Germany, Italy and India and was the biggest buyer of wool in Western Australia for many years. His eldest son Peter Scanlan worked alongside him until retirement and since that time has continued to champion the wool industry in Western Australia. WAGIN WOOLORAMA FASHION SHOW Proudly sponsored by AWI, WA wool broker and exporter Peter Scanlan Wools and the Sunshine Textile Group, the Wagin Woolorama fashion show is an event showcasing some magnificent garments made from Western Australian wool. In addition to AWI showcasing its Runway 101 Kit (see page 37), for the past two years Peter Scanlan Wools through its business relationship with Chinese wool processor and manufacturer Sunshine Textiles has supplied a collection of high-end woollen garments specifically designed to parade at Woolorama. “I have been associated with Sunshine for more than 20 years and the processor is having great success with WA wools,” said Peter Scanlan Wools trading manager Steve Noa. “We supply the measurements of the Woolorama models to Sunshine and they design the outfits from their team of designers to fit them. Sunshine primarily use 18.5 to 21 micron wool which perfectly suits what we can supply consistently out of WA. The show provides an opportunity for local WA woolgrowers to see their wool in some beautiful, contemporary garments. “We’ve been taking many of our growers on study tours into China. It gives them great confidence in the industry to see the investment in China and an end result for their commitment to growing wool.” The Peter Scanlan Wools and the Sunshine Textile Group collection on show at Wagin Woolorama. PHOTO: Carol Telfer 18 OFF FARM
In the Shops - September 2018