Travel Diary: Harman Grubisa in Florence
The design duo document their journey as one of 12 global finalists in this year's International Woolmark Prize
After winning the regional Australia/New Zealand Woolmark Prize in August last year, Auckland-based designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa flew at new year to Florence to join the global finalists vying for the $200,000 prize money, ongoing mentorship, and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the most prestigious boutiques around the world.
Showcasing a capsule collection that highlighted the use of merino wool, the designers were put through their paces presenting their work to a discerning panel of judges, including Italian Vogue editor-in-chief Emanuele Farneti, the buying manager for luxury e-tailer Mytheresa, Tiffany Hsu, supermodel Amber Valetta, sustainable fashion leader Livia Firth, fashion critic Sarah Mower, American designer Phillip Lim and more.
The top prizes were taken out by Indian’s label Bodice, British designer Matthew Miller and Dyne from Portland, America.