Country Road's traceable wool fashion

Rodger Kelly on his family farm ‘Corringle’. Model wearing Country Road’s Australian Traceable Merino sweater. Photos supplied by Country Road.
Rodger Kelly on his family farm ‘Corringle’. Model wearing Country Road’s Australian Traceable Merino sweater. Photos supplied by Country Road.

One of Australia’s most iconic fashion brands has launched it’s winter campaign with a strong focus on the traceability of home-grown wool.

This week Country Road launches its Australian Traceable Merino Collection, which includes 29,000 units of traceable wool across its men and women’s ranges. The wool used in this collection can be traced back to just 25 farms in Australia. 

This initiative follows consumer demand to know where the fibre of their clothing comes from. To bridge the gap between the producer and the consumer, Country Road visited Rodger Kelly and his wife Elizabeth, woolgrowers who have contributed to the wool used in the collection, to learn more about the benefits of traceable wool.

Rodger and Elizabeth Kelly have been woolgrowers for the majority of their lives and their property ‘Corringle’ has been in the Kelly family for more than 100 years. Country Road believes that by connecting their customers with the producers of Merino wool, they can build greater trust in the product. 

This campaign is part of a long-term partnership between Country Road and Australian woolgrowers, which has contributed to the increase of Merino wool sold in Australian stores for local consumption.

“Our partnership with The Woolmark Company began in the 1980s and is still going strong. Every year we collaborate to create beautifully crafted knitwear with Woolmark-certified Australian Merino wool,” Country Road managing director Darren Todd said.

Australian Wool Innovation CEO Stuart McCullough said: “Country Road’s commitment to the Australian wool industry — starting with the wool growers right through to the end consumer — has evolved into something which is vital in the work we do”. 

In addition to the Traceable Wool Merino Collection, Country Road will retail more than 180 designs made of wool in store and online, ranging from apparel, accessory and home styles. Country Road has 69 retail stores and 43 concessions in David Jones stores across Australia; the wool styles from the 2018 winter campaign will be stocked in all stores.

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