Teatum Jones of the U.K. was named the winner of the women’s 2015-16 International Woolmark Prize, that took place tonight at Cedar Lake in New York.
The brand bested five other finalists who all showed innovative designs in Merino wool. They were J Koo (Asia), Bianca Spender (Australia), Nanna van Blaaderen (Europe), Taller Marmo (India, Pakistan and the Middle East) and Tanya Taylor (U.S.)
The winning collection, cited for it storytelling, is designed by Catherine Teatum and Rob Jones and won in a unanimous decision. The collections were evaluated by a team of judges who included André Leon Talley, former editor at large at Vogue and an author, editor and consultant; Julie Gilhart, fashion consultant, and Thakoon Panichgul, chief creative officer of Thakoon.
Additionally, representatives from the International Woolmark Prize’s retail partners served on the judging panel including Justin O’Shea, global fashion director, Mytheresa.com; Sophie Clark, general manager of women’s wear, David Jones; Anita Barr, group fashion buying director, Harvey Nichols Group; Bridget Cosgrave, fashion and buying director, Boutique 1; Kenji Yamashita, general manager, ladies and intimate apparel, Isetan Mitsukoshi, and Roopal Patel, senior vice president, fashion director, Saks Fifth Avenue.
The award retailer network now also includes two new partners — Verso of the Netherlands and Boon the Shop from South Korea. Retail partners will exclusively stock Teatum Jones in September. More than 70 nominees competed for the women’s prize.
Indian fashion designer Suket Dhir of label SuketDhir won the 2015-16 International Woolmark Prize men’s wear award, which was given out at Pitti Uomo in Florence last month.
Teatum Jones receives 100,000 Australian dollars, or about $71,020 at current exchange, to help support the development of their business and will have ongoing mentor support.