The Woolmark Company continues to announce its six regional groups of nominees for the 2016 International Woolmark Prize, and the 10 American designers up for the honor were revealed on Wednesday afternoon. The womenswear nominees include a nice mix of newer and slightly more established names, including Gabriela Hearst, Hellessy, Monse, Nellie Partow and Sally LaPointe. For the menswear designers, we have Abasi Rosborough, Matiere, Pyer Moss, Rochambeau and Second/Layer.
All 75 nominees from 62 countries around the world are required to use their design chops to create a capsule of six pieces made from Australian Merino wool. The winners, which will be announced in July, will receive AU$50,000 (about $39,000) towards their next collection, as well as the chance to participate in the "international global finals." (Last year, the U.S. region's awards were given to Tanya Taylor and Siki Im.)
If any of the American designers win the overall International Woolmark Prize, then he or she will receive an additional AU$100,000 (about $77,000) that can be used towards sourcing quality fabrics and marketing the brand, as well as mentorships from industry experts. Plus, the designers get the opportunity to have their collection picked up by retail partners like Saks Fifth Avenue, MyTheresa.com and MatchesFashion.com, which is a pretty sweet deal in itself. Best of luck to our nominees — make America proud!