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Beyond the Bale : June 2013
22 22 off-fArm fAst fActs l Australian Merino wool has been used in the newly launched QANtAs uniforms. l the uniforms were designed by longtime partner of AWI, Martin Grant, and manufactured by Woolmark licensee Pacific Brands. l the wool can be traced back to about 50 wool-growing properties across Australia. June 2013 BEyond thE BalE the new-look QAntAs uniforms, designed by martin Grant and made from Australian merino wool. australian Merino wool will soon be flying high as staff from Australia’s most iconic airline will be dressed in uniforms made using the fibre. The fine Merino wool woven into the new QANTAS designs, which were officially launched in April, can be traced back to about 50 wool-growing properties across Australia, including flocks from close to where QANTAS began near Longreach in Queensland. In total about 400 bales sourced through auctions were used in the uniforms, which will be worn by more than 12,000 cabin and ground staff from next year. Merino wool is well represented across the range, from the pure wool knitwear cardigans and vests, through to wool-rich blends in jackets, skirts and trousers. The combination of Merino wool and QANTAS is a natural fit given the place both hold in Australia’s national character. QANTAS staff will be kept comfortable wherever they are in the world, in both cool and warm climates, due to the soft and breathable qualities of fine Merino wool. The uniforms were designed by one of Australia’s most talented expat designers, Martin Grant, and manufactured by Woolmark licensee Pacific Brands to strict Woolmark standards. Longtime partner of AWI, designer Martin Grant, said he was proud to work on this project. “Designing the new QANTAS uniform was a wonderful challenge, drawing on my Australian heritage and aligning with my modern design aesthetic,” Mr Grant said. “Merino wool was the logical fibre for the uniform, it needed to be comfortable, hard wearing and stylish and wool is the only fabric that can be folded up on long haul flights and brought out and worn proudly by the crew as they disembark at their global destinations.” AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said he was pleased to see AWI not only associated with Australia’s iconic airline, but also continuing to foster a relationship with Martin Grant. “We are very proud that the Woolmark logo is now attached to QANTAS uniforms,” Mr McCullough said. “Martin Grant has been a strong advocate for our wool and his designs showcase wool at its best.” Australian wool flies high