Need-to-know insights for student fashion and textile designers

17 March 2016

With so many career opportunities available to aspiring fashion and textile designers, The Woolmark Company’s student seminars present a unique view of the industry from those in the know, as well as educate emerging design talent on the innate versatility and benefits of Merino wool.

Colin McDowell

The Woolmark Company recently hosted two student seminars as part of its ongoing commitment to fostering the education of the world’s future fashion and textile designers.

Held in London as part of the Naturally Inspiring seminar series and also in Paris as part of the Première Vision trade show, the seminars raise awareness and understanding of Merino wool’s provenance, benefits, possibilities and place in contemporary fashion and textiles and attracted more than 200 tertiary students.

Students across the two seminars were treated to exclusive expert insights from industry professionals including fashion commentator Colin McDowell; UK menswear duo Agi & Sam; Marks & Spencer Menswear Head of Innovation and Quality Mark Yates; UNMADE co-founder Ben Alun-Jones; design consultant and Carruthers Associates Design Director Professor Sheila-Mary Carruthers; and textile designer Riccardo Rami, who is instrumental in the development of The Woolmark Company’s trend book and sourcing guide, The Wool Lab, which students also got to experience.

Those who attended the London seminar were surveyed and 97% of students strongly agreed that their knowledge of wool and the wool supply chain had increased significantly having attended this event.

“The vast expanse of expertise from young designers to established industry figures was really interesting and something that we rarely receive in university,” said one student from Edinburgh College of Art.

“It was very interesting and beneficial to understand how many other jobs are available in the industry,” said another, from Buckinghamshire New University.

For more information on The Woolmark Company’s student seminars, email