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Regional US Woolmark Prize winners announced

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

One of fashion’s most globally esteemed awards has named its regional winners. Yesterday evening at an event at Milk Studios in New York City, the regional USA winners of the International Woolmark Prize were named:  womenswear – M.Patmos and menswear – Public School.

These talented designers will advance and represent the US in the international competition in London this January. Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were named CFDA Menswear Designers of the Year last month as well. It’s safe to say these emerging designers have insurmountable talent.

Recently launched in 2011, M. Patmos is no brand to be overlooked either. Marcia Patmos, like Chow and Osborne, launched her brand in New York City. She was aiming for the perfect balance between luxury and craftsmanship, function and comfort and versatility and elegance. Check, check and check, she nailed it.

These are three very new, very creative designers who will represent the US beautifully among international competition. The Woolmark Prize was created to promote emerging designers like these from around the world. Consumers need to be reminded of the beauty of Merino wool and that’s what this prize aims to do each year.

This year’s judging panel was loaded with dynamic fashion professionals including InStyle editor-in-chief Ariel Foxman, Balenciaga and Alexander Wang Inc.’s creative director Alexander Wang, Saks Fifth Avenue’s senior fashion director Colleen Sherin, Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger, CFDA’s CEO Steven Kolb, Saks Fifth Avenue’s Eric Jennings, Calvin Klein executive vice president Malcolm Carfrae, The Woolmark Company’s Michelle Lee and W Magazine editor-in-chief Stefano Tonchi.

Photos by BFA.


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