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Raf Simons releases limited-edition Merino wool sweater as an ode to Tokyo

The release is part of the partnership forged between the leading designer and The Woolmark Company earlier this year and is also an ode to Simons’ love of the Japanese capital.

“It felt natural to celebrate our collaboration by designing an exclusive I Love Tokyo wool sweater for Dover Street Market Ginza, a reference to the Autumn/Winter 17/18 New York show and the beginning of our partnership,” said Raf Simons.

Made from luxurious yarn spun in Italy, the limited-edition oversized sweater has ‘I Love Tokyo’ emblazoned in Japanese on the front.

The Woolmark Company partnered with the Belgian-born designer earlier this year for his AW17/18 collection, marking the beginning of a longstanding relationship and working closely with and supporting the Raf Simons design team with innovation and sourcing of Merino wool.

“Raf Simons is one of the greatest designers of our time, whose distinct style and vision attracts a loyal following each and every season,” says The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough. “These limited-edition sweaters perfectly connect Raf Simons’ design aesthetic with his love for Tokyo, united by the world’s most luxurious Merino wool.”

The Raf Simons Tokyo sweater has Woolmark certification was unveiled at Ginza’s Dover Street Market on November 30.

Lisa Griplas has more than ten years experience in the media and communications industry. A journalist by trade, she spent a number of years working at a daily newspaper before moving to The Woolmark Company to take up the role of Global Editor, a title she holds today.