Designers Jessica Grubiša (left) and Madeleine Harman (right) from Harman Grubiša.
Harman Grubiša are set to have another exciting year with the announcement that the elegant womenswear brand is a nominee for the International Woolmark Prize for a second consecutive year. The brand was nominated for the coveted prize by New Zealand Fashion Week Founder/Director Dame Pieter Stewart, who has long been a tremendous supporter of New Zealand designers. Harman Grubiša will compete again in Australia in July as part of the regional event with the possibility of being selected as one of 12 finalists to go on to the international finals.
This year the Woolmark Company is emphasizing their support of emerging talent by increasing the prize money for the International Woolmark Prize and introducing an Innovation Award to recognise the vital role the textile mills play in developing new wool fabric. As one of the 65 global nominees for the prestigious prize, Harman Grubiša will receive AU$2000 to assist in the development of their submission piece, which is a six-piece capsule collection with a look made from merino wool, that is presented to industry experts at the regional finals in Sydney. The other regional finals will be held in Dubai, London, Milan, New York and Seoul throughout July. The winners for each region for menswear and womenswear receive AU$70,000 to go towards their final collection with the global menswear and womenswear winner each receiving AU$200,000.
Harman Grubiša’s confident, timeless collections and smart business acumen have seen the young label find tremendous success since founding their brand in 2014. Designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša have had a clear vision for their luxurious womenswear from the beginning and their debut New Zealand Fashion Week show in 2015 created a huge buzz which has meant they are one of the most exciting fashion brands in New Zealand today.
Best of luck in Sydney Harman Grubiša, we have no doubt your submission will be impressive.