Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Students Who Are Making Wool Fashionable

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Students Who Are Making Wool Fashionable

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Byline: Sonia Sharma Reporter

TWO fashion students have won a contest to have their knitwear put on sale at luxury clothing firm Barbour.

Northumbria University students Naomi Robertson and Hazel Hurst submitted their designs to the company as part of Wool Week, which runs from October 14 to 20.

From Monday, their winning pieces will be stocked in Barbour shops across the country.

Naomi, 21, who is on a fashion design course, created a womenswear chunky roll neck jumper with a colourful pattern inspired by life in the countryside.

She said: "We were briefed by Barbour about the kind of collections the winning designs would go in and I decided to create a piece based on country life.

"I grew up in the country myself, in Swaledale, Yorkshire, and I always had the Barbour girl in mind while designing - she wants to be comfortable and warm in the countryside. "When I was told I had won the contest, I was thrilled. I couldn't really believe it.

"It was a really great experience to be part of this competition and it's amazing that people will be able to buy the jumper in stores across the country."

Hazel, 24, who has just completed her final year at university, designed a menswear piece - a modern adaptation of a shirt using wool yarn. She said: "We got information about just what kind of things we had to design and we had a good idea about the customer we were designing for.

"In my second year, I did my placement at Barbour so I knew a lot about the brand.

"I was absolutely shocked when I found out I had won the contest. I genuinely did not expect it at all.

"I thought they had made a mistake.

"This will be really good for me.

I'm looking for a design job at the moment and this is a great thing to put on my CV." Wool Week, organised by the Campaign for Wool, aims to promote growth in the industry. …

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