Shawn Howell VP DMM, Men's Tailored Clothing and Furnishings at Saks Fifth Avenue; Georgie Mosman, Marketing Manager, Americas at The Woolmark Company; Michelle Lee, Director, Americas at The Woolmark Company; Larry Case of Vitale Barberis Canonico; Howard Corber of Cerruti; and Thomas Ott, SVP GMM Men's,Gifts and Home at Saks Fifth Avenue, seen during the Saks Fifth Avenue Fabric No. 1 Toast at Saks Fifth Avenue on October 16, 2014 in New York City
"We're thrilled to announce our third year of the Fabric No. 1 competition, which is returning in 2014 for a second year of partnership with The Woolmark Company," said Tom Ott, SVP GMM of Saks Fifth Avenue Men's, Home, Food and Gifts. "Our collaboration with The Woolmark Company provides a greater ability to highlight the mills' quality and fabrics. Together, we broadened the competition globally this year with a total of 30 international brands who submitted fabrics for consideration."
To qualify for consideration, each mill was invited to submit up to two signature cloths from their Fall/Winter collection per category. Tom Ott led a select panel of Made-to-Measure experts from Saks Fifth Avenue and The Woolmark Company, who examined and voted on the submissions. This year, the two winning mills - Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti, selected for suiting, and Vitale Barberis Canonico, selected for sport coats - were honoured at a special award ceremony on Thursday, October 16 at Saks Fifth Avenue's New York flagship store.
Individually tailored to its owner by master craftsmen, each Fabric No. 1 piece will be identifiable by a custom number and label, marking it as a one-of-a-kind garment. The Fabric No. 1 program will be supported by window displays in Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store, a spread in the Men's Fall Fashion Catalog, advertising in the Wall Street Journal and promotion on Saks Fifth Avenue's social media platforms. Fabric No. 1 Made-to-Measure orders will be available in limited quantities at Saks Fifth Avenue locations in New York, Chevy Chase, Chicago, San Francisco, and Phoenix.
Below are descriptions of this year's esteemed Fabric No. 1 award winners:
For Fall 2014, Vitale Barberis Canonico's cashmere/wool blend bested all entries in sport coats with a high-blue fabric that's soft and cool to the touch. The mill scored extra points for sustainability by using innovative purification technologies to ensure that the water and air released after fabric manufacturing don't harm the pristine beauty of Italy's countryside.
Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti's fabric knocked out all other contenders in the suit category. Inspired by New York's 1950's renaissance in art and architecture, the Merino wool and cashmere fabric's subtly checked blue is reminiscent of the sky-reflective glass towers that overtook Manhattan's skyline.
About Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world's pre-eminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics and gifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson's Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 39 full-line stores in 22 states, five international licensed stores, 78 Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.
Saks Fifth Avenue is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associates 2012 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 50 U.S. companies so named.