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Praised by judges including Victoria Beckham, Franca Sozzani and Angelica Cheung for presenting a well-executed collection which mixed elegance with youthful spirit, M.PATMOS was awarded the 2015 International Woolmark Prize in Beijing.

The New York-based emerging design talent, headed up by namesake Marcia Patmos showcased a collection made from 95% Merino wool, designed for a modern woman with a sense of wanderlust.


MPATMOS International Woolmark Prize


Designed for a modern woman, a traveller, nomad, and businesswoman - the kind of woman who didn’t exist 20 years ago. An architect, about to embark on a journey through several cities in several countries for several weeks.

For the International Woolmark Prize, US label M.PATMOS’s head-to-toe Merino wool collection highlighted the natural versatility of the premium fibre, creating a range which would suit her muse at client meetings, site visits and city explorations.

Designer Marcia Patmos creates effortless wardrobe building blocks with an artistic temperament and refined sensibility. The M.PATMOS for Woolmark collection is a fully merchandised travel wardrobe full of unexpected details. Equally at home on Madison Avenue or Machu Picchu, the M.PATMOS woman is a seasoned traveller wearing seasonless pieces without sacrificing luxury, style, or elegance.

“Even if she loses her luggage, the pieces she is wearing are designed to be multipurpose and versatile - suitable for all the climates and experiences she may encounter on her trip,” explains Patmos.

“The International Woolmark Prize inspired me to envision expanding my brand to include luxury travel and lifestyle items - and to think of the global business opportunities for M.PATMOS.”

Creating a six-piece capsule collection made from at least 80% Merino wool and showcasing innovation, both in design and fabric, was a major part of the brief for the 5 finalists. In creating her collection, Patmos’ material and technique choices ranged from handmade to high-tech, echoing the world we live in. Creating some custom fabrics by hand-spinning yarn from upcycled fabric and using a warp painting technique, Patmos’ designs are thoughtful, innovative and convertible.

“Merino wool is a perfect match for a travel-focused wardrobe for so many reasons,” says Patmos.

“This premium fibre is super soft and lightweight, wrinkle free, temperature regulating moisture wicking, contains SPF, is odour resistant and can be worn for up to 2 weeks without washing.”


The M.PATMOS for Woolmark collection is 95% Merino wool.  

Look 1

A nomad-inspired reversible double-faced coat with passport pockets and engineered comfort panel at back to be non-constricting either in a seat or when dealing with an overhead compartment. She wears this over an engineered rib tunic which functions as a lap blanket when seated and which she can remove without getting up. Off the plane, it can be worn reversed with the shorter side in front. Her luxe base-layers are seamlessly knit from superfine Italian yarn with a micron of 15.5 on zero-waste Japanese technology. They are lightweight and packable, as well as temperature regulating and moisture wicking. The fringed travel blanket doubles as a glamorous shawl-sized scarf or poncho. It is handwoven and incorporates a vegetable dye warp painting technique which creates an ikat effect. The pattern is inspired by an aerial vision of the earth.

Her temperature regulating sleep hat has a jacquard pattern on the brim inspired by vintage airplane upholstery and can be folded down during flight to make use of built in eye mask.

Look 2

A hand-knit fringed dickie made by hand-spinning yarn that upcycles the excess fabric from producing the coat she is wearing – this tribal nomad-inspired accessory can be thrown over any layer and immediately make an outfit more special. The coat is convertible to sleeveless for warmer climates. The luxe trackpants are chic, yet comfortable, with pockets for phone and boarding pass. She is wearing socks with rubberized printing on soles to save her from having to stand barefoot in the line for security.

Look 3

The third model is wearing a fully reversible travel suit. The blazer has passport pockets as well as an engineered comfort inset at shoulder. Her quilted pocket scarf acts like a travel office with pockets to carry everything she needs. It also rolls up into a neck pillow for the airplane.  

Look 4

The fourth outfit is the quintessential modern travel outfit. She is sleek and comfortable for the airplane, but could also go straight to the office as dressed. Her clutch doubles as a pillow for jetlagged napping in between meetings. Her custom Merino wool Nikes are the perfect travel shoe – total comfort and very chic. But if she slips on a pair of heels, she is ready to go out for the night.

Look 5

The next model is wearing a shirtdress that separates into a shirt jacket and skirt, which is held up by a detachable money and document belt.

Look 6

The last outfit could be worn for gallery hopping or mountain trekking. She wears a quilted vest filled with Merino batting over the jacquard crew and bodysuit, both of which reverse, giving her more outfit options in less suitcase space.  

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