In September, the 10 finalists traveled to London for two days of training workshops with The Woolmark Company and partners, and following on from that, will travel to Denver, Colorado, to present their entries to an executive judging panel at Outdoor Retailer. The inaugural winner will be announced in November.

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The Yarn Podcast

Monday, 24 September 2018

The Yarn - Episode 63

Woolmark Performance Challenge

As the inaugural Woolmark Performance Challenge charges on with some of the best millennial minds in the textile performance wear space, we speak with some of the finalists whose ideas and innovations have impressed the judges so much so that they are through to the next round of the Challenge. 
Hosted in partnership with The Woolmark Company and sportswear giant adidas, the Challenge includes a two-day workshop to inspire and build capacity within these finalists before their final presentation at Outdoor Retailer, the largest outdoor sports expo and conference in the USA.

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MA Fashion Knitwear Design student secures sponsored trip to Shanghai

Phoebe Edwards travels to Shanghai in October to train on the Santoni Pioneer Program for eight weeks.

The Santoni Pioneer Program (SPP) is a fully-sponsored eight-week seamless and circular knitwear programme, worth approximately £6,000. It offers creative, innovative and highly motivated designers the chance to network with industry expert manufacturers, and push the boundaries of knitwear designs and uses.

Applicants developed their knitwear designs spanning across underwear, outerwear, socks and shoe fabrics for Santoni’s Autumn/Winter 2019-2020 collection.

Phoebe Edwards, MA Fashion Knitwear Design student, secured her place on the SPP and jets off to Shanghai in October. She told us: “I’m most looking forward to learning circular knitting! I love learning how to work new machinery, and how to develop my knitwear designs. As I specialise in sportswear, there are many factors to include when constructing my garments.”

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Phoebe will be graduating with an EXCEPTIONAL DISTINCTION in Fashion Knitwear Design, in December 2018 from Nottingham Trent University.

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In its inaugural year the Woolmark Performance Challenge attracted 510 student registrations from 58 Universities from across Europe and North America. The inaugural winner of the Woolmark Performance Challenge will be announced on 9 November 2018 at Outdoor Retailer in Denver, Colorado.

The 10 finalists for the 2017/18 Woolmark Performance Challenge are…

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Phoebe keeps a visual blog on Instagram. It follows all advancements in the creation of the SECOND SK:N collection, as well as new developments in Phoebe’s career.

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