LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL FASHION LABELS ARE USING AUSTRALIAN MERINO WOOL IN NEW AND EXCITING WAYS
Self-taught fashion designer Sean Tran works closely with textile artist Grace Wood to create dream-like fabrics for each Shhorn collection. “Every step of the design process we like to perform in-house and by hand, from the sourcing of fibres to the making of fabrics to the execution of details,” Tran says.
Since launching Amxander with business director Jake Chen in 2013, designer Jason Alexander Pang has made an impression with luxe sweatshirts, intricate prints and innovative wool pieces. “The benefits of wool are plentiful. It is elastic, it drapes well, it holds its colour, it’s comfortable and it’s easy to care for – all qualities important to Amxander,” Pang says.
Creative director and designer Lukas Vincent’s Australian heritage and romantic Parisian sensibility inform the aesthetic of Exinfinitas. Drawing on his interest in alchemy and geometry, Vincent pushes the limitations of materials to discover new possibilities. “I am particularly interested in counterculture and how to fuse those concepts with the more refined and traditional art of men’s tailoring,” he says. “We have been working with some of the finest mills in Italy to develop a range of truly innovative Merino wool fabrications that are rarely seen.”
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JAKE CHEN (LEFT) AND JASON ALEXANDER PANG LUKAS VINCENT