Knitwear brand Sibling has won the European leg of this year’s International Woolmark Prize.
The UK brand, designed by Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery, fought off competition from a further nine brands to win $50,000AUD (£30,000) and will go on to represent the continent at the international stage of the competition, which will take place during Milan Fashion Week next February.
Judges included Franca Sozzani, Angela Missoni, Godfrey Deeny, Tim Blanks, and Susanne Botschen.
Missoni said Sibling was the more “complete and mature label, and their creative research, joint with their knowledge of wool and knitwear, was the key factor” in winning.
For the next six months the designers will be required to develop a capsule collection in Merino wool, to be showcased during the event in which the five finalists from around the world will compete.
The international prize consists of $100,000 AUD (£60,000) and the opportunity to be stocked in Harvey Nichols, London, Saks Fifth Avenue, New York, 10 Corso Como – in Milan, Joyce in China, David Jones, Sydney and My Theresa in Germany.