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Fleece to Fashion win for local designer...using Woolerina fabric! July 30, 2019 11:54

We love being able to work with fellow designers who share our passion for Merino wool. We have known Sam Stolhand (from Young in southern NSW) for some time and we were very excited to learn of her recent success at the annual Fleece to Fashion awards held in Armidale.

Sam has been using Woolerina fabric for some time now in both her "ready to wear" line, sold through her shop Bush Beautique in Young, and couture designs and this year she took out the "top gong" in the Evening Wear section with a gown made entirely from our 100% Merino wool interlock fabric.

Woolerina Merino wool interlock fabric in winning Fleece to Fashion design awards

Sam (pictured above right) with her winning design.

The following article appeared in the Young Witness newspaper:

A local fashion designer and shop owner from Young picked herself up a trifecta of wins at the recent Fleece to Fashion Awards in Armidale.

Samantha Stolhand and three of her designs were awarded first prize in separate sections at the awards that included active-wear, fantasy-wear and evening-wear.

Samantha's entry in the active-wear section was drape style yoga pants with a bat-wing top and neck gator. According to Sam the outfit showcased the versatility of wool in its ability to drape, breath and move with the body.

For the evening-wear section Sam designed and produced a stunning gown. "The evening-wear gown was all the about shape, drape and movement of the fishtail design which featured one sleeve and a draped neckline with tassel trim," she said. 

"The highlight of this dress is the ultimate wool jersey fabric sourced from Woolerina in Forbes. 

"This (Woolerina) is where Warwick Rolfe handpicks each batch of wool to ensure that the finished fabric is the highest quality possible."

Warwick Rolfe is the owner of Woolerina in Forbes and Sam attributes her success to him and his business.

"It is due to generosity of such entrepreneurs that makes it possible for designers to excel," she said.

"The fleece to fashion awards celebrates wool in all its forms and promotes Australian designers and Australian merino wool producers," Ms Stolhand explained.

Each year there is an underlying theme to the awards with this year's theme focused on sustainability.

"[It] encourages designers to consider garment lifespan and multipurpose as well as waste minimalisation and environmental effects," Sam said.

"More than ever in our drought stricken climate it is important for wool designs to have long term value and purpose."

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CONGRATULATIONS SAM, from all of us at Woolerina!

Penny. x


You know you have a winner when... June 11, 2015 10:23

...a blogger happens to feature your dress not once, but 3 times!! 

Vanessa over at Style and Shenanigans keeps coming up with fabulously creative ways to pair our Merino Winter Dress with other winter essentials. She has hand picked some awesome pieces that go a long way to dressing up our simple LBD. 

Last week's look was with a wool wrap vest, which shows off the dress and keeps the body warm at the same time. Practical - how boring. Fashionable - how fun!

And this was worn to a school parent's dinner. From the other side of the classroom - from a school teacher point of view (mine, not Vanessa's) - this would be the perfect work outfit. And the girl is from Melbourne, where they know warmth.

Shop the look:

Woolerina dress $139 

And then this week, we noticed via Instagram, that Vanessa has decided to go a little more casual with our cardi. It's a great pop of colour - 'tomato' to be precise - for days that might otherwise seem a little dreary. 

 

Shop the look:

Women's Cardigan $129

Nice one Style and Shenanigans! We're feeling the love...and hope everyone else is too. Don't forget to tag #woolerina if you happen to snap your good self on Insta wearing our goods. We would love to see your everyday style.

Cherie


Style and Shenanigans April 1, 2015 16:38

Are you a bit like us, and feel a bit bogged down by bloggers? There are so many out there, it’s hard to choose which ones to follow. Who is being authentic? Who has a taste similar to mine? Who cuts through the crap to give me their honest opinion? Well we think we may have found our blogging Godess!

Vanessa of Style and Shenanigans  is one of a handful of down to earth, independent and natural bloggers that you are instantly drawn to. The name says it all, the style is quite easy to spot, while the ‘shenanigans’ might be more to do with her family and easily relatable lifestyle.

Our favourite blog posts include ‘Luxe to Less’ snippets – of how to manage a budget and stay in the trend loop. She shares practical tips on how to put together your everyday wardrobe and her style is the perfect match for Woolerina. We were chuffed when she featured our Woolerina dress in one of her recent Autumn posts. Read all about it here 

She has styled our LBD in 3 ways, and we love them all (actually particularly the 3rd, which is put together effortlessly with a long line cardi and cons) Which one is your favourite?

Pippa xx