SA Fashion Week, in partnership with Cape Wools SA, has launched the first ever Wool competition for top South African designers. The competition will be known as the Cape Wools SA Fashion Week Designer Challenge 2017.

Two designers – one ladieswear and one menswear – will be selected by a panel of industry leading judges to showcase their collections for two seasons at SA Fashion Week, presenting a Winter and Summer collection respectively. The winning designers will receive a travel seminar to the Making It In Textiles conference in Bradford, UK during October with flights and accommodation fully paid.

“The wool industry is extremely excited about the opportunity to work closely together with SA Fashion Week in promoting wool’s amazing benefits,” said  CEO of Cape Wools SA, Louis de Beer.

The competition will run for 4 months and will allow top South African designers the opportunity to design and produce their Autumn/Winter ’18 Collection, in collaboration with Cape Wools SA.

Louis de Beer says the Wool Industry is poised for growth at present with demand for South African Merino Wool on the increase due to growth in consumer interest for Merino Wool.