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Sarti, Jeffrey to Judge The Woolmark Company Texprint Award

27 August 2017 by Roger Tredre

Charles Jeffrey

Two major names from different but complementary backgrounds are judging this year’s The Woolmark Company Texprint Award in Paris.

From Italy, Texprint is honoured to welcome Roberto Sarti of historic Italian textile house Lanificio Faliero Sarti. The company, founded in 1949, has boosted and tracked the rise to prominence of the Italian textile and fashion history through the second half of the 20th century and up to the present day.

Roberto Sarti

From Britain, the judging panel is joined by rising Scottish design star Charles Jeffrey. Although he graduated from MA Fashion at Central Saint Martins as recently as 2015, the designer, illustrator and all-round creative has already made an international impact both with his own Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY collection and with his many collaborations.

Charles Jeffrey said of the judging, ”I am so excited to be judging the Texprint award. It's a great opportunity to see all the fantastic work from different talents and how they have interacted with wool. Wool is such a versatile material, I really think it can become anything you dream of and so I can't wait to see what beautiful madness they come up with!”

The Woolmark Company, the global authority on wool, has supported Texprint’s prestigious awards for many years with a dedicated prize that recognizes the use of Merino wool incorporated into textile design. Those eligible for this Texprint award must incorporate a minimum of 60% of Merino wool into their textiles, and demonstrate a good understanding of its qualities and potential application in fabric.

The Woolmark Company Texprint Award is judged and presented at Premiere Vision Designs. This year’s announcement will be made on September 20 in Paris.

The judges will meet the 2017 Texprint alumni on their stands at Premiere Vision Designs to view their collections and discuss their use of Merino wool. After joint deliberations they will select the winner of The Woolmark Company Texprint Award.

Texprint has worked with The Woolmark Company for much of its 40-year existence, benefiting from a true synergy of interests. TWC is a subsidiary of Australian Wool Innovation Limited, a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 55,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company.

The Woolmark Company continues to build and maintain its partnership with Texprint, acknowledging the importance of education and opportunities for students and young designers.

“The Woolmark Company has long been a proud supporter of Texprint,” notes Julie Davies, General Manager, Processing Innovation & Education Extension. “The award provides a unique opportunity for emerging textile designers to engage with industry leaders and gain valuable, practical experience in the field of textile design.”

She adds: “As a firm believer of education and fostering the development of future design talent, The Woolmark Company is pleased to once again support this important award scheme and invest in the future of the textile industry, while highlighting the innovative nature of Merino wool. We are excited to see what this year’s entrants submit.”

This year’s judges have both worked at the forefront of creativity, with Roberto Sarti well known as a leading name in the Italian textile industry (he presented the first Texprint Awards at Premiere vision in 1996). Lanificio Faliero Sarti, located in Campi Bisenziobetween Florence and Prato, has collaborated with many pioneering designers in both haute couture and ready-to-wear over the years. Founder Faliero Sarti (Roberto’s father) evolved new manufacturing techniques for knitted and jersey fabrics, building relationships with names ranging from Giorgio Armani to Donna Karan. Roberto joined the company in 1962 and led it into the modern era after the death of his father in 1985.

Roberto Sarti is looking forward to Paris. “We have been collaborating with Woolmark with the aim to propose always new wool products. We are happy to be part of the judging team as Woolmark is doing a great job trying to discover and help new talent and designers.”

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