Wool Studio Winter 2017: The Michele Wang Collection

To usher in winter 2017 with a bang—we are thrilled to announce Wool Studio Vol III: The Michele Wang Collection! This issue of Wool Studio is a departure from the multi-contributor Vol I. and Vol II., featuring one star designer’s hand knitwear capsule. Naturally, Wool Studio and Michele Wang’s modern, refined design aesthetic are a perfect pairing, so when the opportunity presented itself to work with Michele, we sat down for a chat.

Benedict Pullover in MYak Baby Yak Medium

It was late October 2016, on a sunny, blustery day in Rhinebeck, New York. We were sharing fried artichokes behind the long row of food vendors, and snagged a rare picnic bench among the sea of happily snacking festivalgoers. The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival was in full swing, and the sounds of baaing sheep, pan flutes, barking herding dogs, and laughter swirled over the grounds, while we had a clandestine conversation about a new Wool Studio collection. The first issue of Wool Studio hadn’t launched yet, and Interweave was in the midst of a website revamp. Despite these uncertain circumstances, Michele and I recognized the potential of both Wool Studio and a collaboration.

Charles Pullover in The Fibre Co. Arranmore, distributed by Kelbourne Woolens

We parted ways many dollars poorer, arms loaded with coveted fibers, and a plan. Over the next several months, we went “back-and-forth” over designs (meaning, she drew and swatched things, and I said I liked them), and eventually, a box arrived at the Interweave offices in Fort Collins, Colorado containing the dream knitwear collection.

Julien Shawl in Ancient Art Fibre Crafts Reinvent Too Worsted

Morgan Hat in Tahki Yarns Montana

Oliver Scarf in Sugar Bush Yarns Chill

Nathaniel Pullover in Manos del Uruguay Milo, distributed by Fairmount Fibers

It is no secret that Michele Wang and unexpected cable motifs are an inseparable combination, and this collection delivers cables, texture, and lace with her trademark blend of contemporary and traditional.

James Cardigan in Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre

Frederick Cardigan in Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted Naturals

Lawrence Pullover in Brown Sheep Company Lamb’s Pride Bulky

Theodore Cowl in HiKoo® Simplinatural, distributed by Skacel

For this winter collection, we stuck to fiber classics—tweeds, heathers, heavier weights, neutrals and deeply saturated hues. Michele’s updated silhouettes, when paired with beautiful yarns, resulted in an exciting androgynous look. Blending feminine and masculine design elements is not only a 2017-18 trend (#menswearforher), but also makes for striking and alluring knitwear. Any Michele Wang design deserves several glances, and we both hope that you enjoy this collection full of refreshing yet timeless knitwear.

With love,

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