International WOOLMARK Prize Won a Second Time by Menswear Brand
By Marissa Tozzi | Impressionist
Foreign designer Suket Dhir has recently won the 2015/2016 Menswear International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event at the world’s prime menswear trade fair, Pitti Uomo. The womenswear prize will be announced during NYFW. SUKETDHIR will receive AU$100,000 towards the development and support of their business, which includes industry mentor support, and in addition will be able to present and sell their capsule collection in some of the world’s most prominent department stores and boutiques – such as Saks Fifth Avenue (New York), David Jones (Australia), and 10 Corso Como (Milan).
The judging panel consisted of some very highly respected names in fashion – including Haider Ackermann, Designer; Imran Amed, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Business of Fashion; Linda Loppa, Director of Strategy and Vision, Polimoda; Stuart McCullough, Managing Director, The Woolmark Company; Suzy Menkes, International Editor, Vogue; Raffaello Napoleone, Chief Executive, Pitti Immagine; Nick Sullivan, Fashion Director, Esquire; and Masafumi Suzuki, Editor-in-Chief, GQ Japan, all alongside representatives from IWP’s retail partners.
It was Suket Dhir’s detail, innovation and romance that very much wooed the judges, and this is the second year that the International Woolmark Prize has been won by a menswear company – last year won by New York-based label Public School. Looks like the International Woolmark Prize has really taken to menswear labels, which are continuing to innovate and take the fashion world by storm.