GET SUITED: Workwear just got a little more chic. Dion Lee, who participated as the Australian Finalist in the 2013 International Woolmark Prize, is continuing his ongoing partnership with Woolmark in his first collaboration with the company. Later this month, Lee will launch Suit, a 10-piece collection that features classic, tailored suiting reinterpreted with signature silhouettes and detailing seen in Lee’s main label, including frayed collars and collarless lapels.
Manufactured in Australia and Italy, the looks are made from Australian merino wool, Italian wool crepe and Italian cotton, with Woolmark providing sourcing and supply-chain assistance. “[The collection] uses all of Merino wool’s natural benefits to its advantage, disregarding restrictions imposed by the four seasons and resulting in trans-seasonal, timeless pieces,” said Stuart McCullough, Woolmark’s managing director.
Lee said he saw a gap in the market for traditional suiting that felt modern and emphasized craftsmanship. “Our customer has always been a woman of strength and intelligence and I hope that Suit will enable the brand to transcend into her professional wardrobe,” he said. “Tailoring has always been an integral part of our collections and something we found our customers increasingly coming to us for.”
Dion Lee Suit, which ranges from $300 for knits and shirting up to $1,200 for jackets, will be sold exclusively on Net-a-porter and dionlee.com, and though seasonless, it will evolve with new styles in line with Lee’s runway collections.