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Woolmark hands out its annual design awards

Just a few weeks after revealing its latest winners, wool promotions body The Woolmark Company has announced that applications are open for the 2020 edition of its annual Woolmark Prize. 

At a ceremony in February, the organisation announced UK-based designer Edward Crutchley as the winter of both the menswear prize and the Innovation Award. His work is described as being “grounded in an innate understanding and appreciation of artisanal textiles”. He was also praised for his exploration of a range of different sub-cultures.

The winner of the womenswear prize was Colovos, a womenswear collection developed by husband and wife team Michael and Nicole Colovos. They were recognised for having combined classic wool sportswear and workwear designs with modern proportions and patterning techniques. 

Each winner receives AU$200,000 (around $141,000) to help support the development of their business. They also receive ongoing industry mentorship, Woolmark certification for their collection and the opportunity to be stocked in a number of prestigious department stores and boutiques. Mr Crutchley was rewarded with an additional AU$100,000 ($70,000) for his second award. 

Preparations are already underway for the 2020 awards, with those interested in applying able to do so here.