Jan 13, 2017
Raf Simons enlists the help of The Woolmark Company for upcoming collection
Jan 13, 2017
Raf Simons is teaming up with the Woolmark Company on series of knitwear pieces.
The Belgian designer is working with the textile brand as part of his Fall / Winter 2017 collection, which features fine Merino wool jersey wovens and knits sourced from fabric and yarn manufacturers all over the world. The move is said to be the beginning of a longer-term partnership between the two companies, with the Woolmark Company helping the fashion mogul to source fabrics and create innovative pieces over the course of his forthcoming collections.
"I appreciate that The Woolmark Company encourages brands to come up with innovative ways to work with Merino wool -- a material that I love and often use in my own collections," said the designer in a statement. "It feels very natural for me to partner with The Woolmark Company to create something special using the finest wool in the world."
The Woolmark Company's Managing Director Stuart McCullough labelled Simons as "one of the industry's most creative visionaries" and said he hoped the designer would showcase "the distinct versatility" of Merino wool outside of the traditional suit tailoring category.
Simons' eponymous brand has become known for fueling traditional menswear pieces with a rebellious youth culture, and for his constant search for innovation in terms of fabrics, textures and construction. He will showcase his Fall / Winter 2017 collection in February as part of New York Men's Fashion Week. The partnership marks the beginning of a big year for the designer, who will also oversee his debut collection as Chief Creative Director for Calvin Klein this season.
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