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Woolmark chooses winners of Fabric No. 1 award

Vitale Barberis Canonico and Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti are the winners of the third annual Fabric No. 1 award. The prize is given by Saks Fifth Avenue in partnership with the Woolmark Company. It’s given to mills that produce fabrics for made-to-measure suits and sport coats.

This year 30 international brands submitted their fabrics for consideration. To qualify, each mill was invited to submit up to two signature clothes from their Fall/Winter collection per category. A select panel of made-to-measure experts examined and chose the submissions. This year, Lanificio Fratelli Cerruti was selected for suiting and Vitale Barberis Canonico for sport coats.

Vitale Barberis Canonico’s cashmere/wool blend was the best among 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 overlook Manhattan’s skyline.