This year Ermenegildo Zegna celebrates the 56th edition of its prestigious Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Trophy which annually awards the worlds best quality providers of wool. The awards for the “Superfine Wool Trophy” and the “Vellus Aureum Trophy” were presented to the chosen Australian wool-growers during an exclusive gala dinner hosted by Paolo Zegna, President of the Group.
In a relationship that dates back to the early 1900s, Ermenegildo Zegna was the first luxury house to recognise the importance of supporting the growers and the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association and encourage wool to be sourced in the best, most environmentally friendly way.
This incredible natural fibre is at the core of the brand’s high-quality materials and is essential to the luxury house as it is the core of some of the brand’s most precious fabrics and exclusive garments. The competition recognises the importance of the material and how essential it is to the brand to continue its legacy of the best quality and most unique fabrics.
The Vellus Aureum Trophy was established in 2002 to recognise the quest and celebrate the incredible advances made by Australian wool-growers for absolute excellence by benchmarking every year the finest woollen fleeces – measuring 13.9 microns and finer – in the wool production countries.
In 2016, the finest and best fleece was recorded at an exceptional 9.9 microns, making it still an unbeaten world record. This year’s award was given to David and Angie Waters (Tarrangower Merinos – Hillgrove, NSW), who won for the third time in a row.
The long-standing partnership between Ermenegildo Zegna and the Australian Woolgrowers Association is a testimony to the unwavering shared commitment to maintaining and improving the quality of superfine Australian wools and jointly promote the incredible skills and dedication of the best wool-growers.