What’s On: The Wool School for Wool Week 2013

The brilliant Wool Week initiative returns to the UK for a third year on Monday, and with the crisp chill of late autumn already in the air, we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this dynamic and resourceful material in a week-long program of events and installations across London.

On Monday, Stylesight will be attending the Wool School event at The Royal Academy of Arts in London, showcasing the designs from this year’s Wool School project. Only two-years young, the Wool School gives fashion and textile students across the country the opportunity to design a sweater to be sold at a select number retail stores across the UK during Wool Week – with 5% of sales going towards programs that support fashion education. Championing the initiative, British designer Christopher Raeburn has designed a special edition wool bomber jacket, which will be on display at the Royal Academy, while Margaret Howell’s piece has been hand-knitted in Scotland.

To kick-off the Wool Week celebrations, department store John Lewis (in the Oxford Street and Edinburgh stores) will be hosting a series of free knitting classes – for experienced and beginner levels – taught by some of the industry’s most revered, contemporary wool weavers, such as Erika Knight and knitting collective Wool and the Gang. In addition, Harvey Nichols will be hosting a special window installation at the Leeds branch, to showcase the creative work of a student from Leeds College of Art.

Launched in 2010, Campaign for Wool’s Wool Week is a global initiative that endeavors to educate consumers, fashion, interior and product designers, and retailers on the biodegradable benefits of wool fiber. Since 2010, the campaign has been introduced to parts of Scandinavia, Australia, China and Japan, as well as Europe. You can check out the full line-up of nationwide events via the Campaign for Wool website. – Samantha Fox

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