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International Woolmark Prize winner Gabriela Hearst supports Planned Parenthood with her latest wool-rich sweater

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This year’s International Woolmark Prize winner for womenswear, Uraguay-born, New York-based designer Gabriela Hearst, has come out in support of not-for-profit health care organisation Planned Parenthood with a limited edition Merino wool sweater.

Originally developed for her International Woolmark Prize capsule collection, the crew-neck, Italian-made sweater features a drawing by Hearst inspired by the meeting of two symbols of strength: the female reproductive system and a ram’s horns. “The Ram-Ovaries sweater symbolises female strength in a time of uncertainty,” explained the designer. “Women’s health is under attack by the current [political] administration and it is an affront to our gender. Planned Parenthood is a trusted educator on all aspects of women’s health. Having lost close family members to breast cancer, I believe the only way to fight it is to be educated and our country needs a strong Planned Parenthood.”

Hearst wore the prototype of the wool sweater at the International Woolmark Prize final in Paris this past January (pictured above), demonstrating her support for the Women’s March (21 January) in Washington D.C. that became a global sensation. Available now for pre-order (with orders due to be shipped in late July), with the profits being donated directly to Planned Parenthood.

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