A PAIR of wannabe fashionistas have seen their designs hit the rails thanks to a South Shields clothing company.
Naomi Robertson and Hazel Hurst’s knitwear designs are now on the shop floor in five Barbour retail stores across the country ahead of Wool Week.
The Northumbria University students’ designs were picked as part of the initiative, which is organised by The Campaign for Wool, to promote the industry.
The would-be designers entered the Wool School competition to design sweaters to sell at top UK retail stores for one week only – starting today.
Naomi designed a womenswear piece, a chunky roll neck jumper with a colourful pattern inspired by gates found on country walks.
The 21-year-old, from Richmond, North Yorkshire, studies fashion design and is about to go into her final year.
She said: “The highlight of Wool School 2013 has to be being given the opportunity to work with Barbour to have my own garment in their stores.”
Hazel designed a menswear piece, a modern interpretation of a shirt using unique wool yarns.
The 24-year-old, originally from Leeds, has just completed her final year studying fashion design.
She said: “As a recent graduate, it’s great to have this project on my CV.
“I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting the other Wool School winners from across the country and seeing their entries.”
Barbour is taking part in Wool Week alongside 12 other retailers including Albam, Folk, Margaret Howell and Topshop, partnering with Northumbria University for the competition.
The two Barbour Wool Week pieces will be available to buy from the firm’s headquarters in South Shields, and retail stores in Covent Garden and Spitalfields in London, Manchester and Edinburgh.
They are also available online at www.barbour.com until Sunday.