Pedro Otegui Lanas Trinidad at the Wool Academy Podcast

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Pedro Otegui from wool combing mill Lanas Trinidad in Uruguay gives an overview of the Uruguayan wool market in general and introduces his family company Lanas Trinidad. Pedro explains how Lanas Trinidad manages to be self-sufficient in terms of the mill’s water and energy consumption always keeping the environment in mind. Lanas Trinidad also complies to many accreditation and licenses and Pedro explains the benefit of the same. Furthermore, Pedro discusses the issues the industry faces as more and more farmers disengage from wool production. In this episode, you will also learn from Pedro what is so special about Uruguayan wool and how farmers are committed to high animal welfare standards.

About Pedro Otegui

Pedro Otegui is the Director at the wool combing company Lanas Trinidad in Uruguay. Lanas Trinidad is the main producer and exporter of combed wool tops in Uruguay. Pedro is the 3rd generation of the Otegui family working in the company which was founded in 1916.

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Lanas Trinidad Website

Wool Academy Podcast and Planet Wool

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For one episode the Wool Academy podcast is being taken over by Planet Wool – a Podcast by the International Wool Textile Organisation. As this episode is launching on 3 May 2017, the 86th IWTO Congress is taking place in Harrogate, United Kingdom. The IWTO Congress offers 3 full days of excellent wool industry speakers and networking opportunities. Wool Academy is of course also attending the event to secure some more amazing interviews for the podcast.
This episode gives all Wool Academy listeners a taste of the IWTO Congress. In 2016, The IWTO Congress took place in Sydney, Australia. All presentations from that event have been recorded and published as the Planet Wool Podcast. In this Wool Academy episode, you can listen to one of these presentations.
The speaker is Craig Vanderoef, Senior Director Global Running Apparel and Customization at Adidas. Craig talks about growing the next generation of wool in sports. He particularly talks about how to communicate to the generations called Gen Y and Gen Z. He also points out how retail brands and the wool industry can work closely together to deliver innovative products to these younger consumers.
If you want to listen to more presentations, go to Soundcloud.com and search for Planet Wool. A total of 28 great episodes awaits you there. The Planet Wool podcast covers topics such as wool market trends, sustainability, consumer trends, education and retail.

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Planet Wool – a Podcast by IWTO can be found on Soundclound.com
Debbie Luffman Finisterre Wool Academy Podcast

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Debbie Luffman shares Finisterre’s love of wool and explains how in her work she approaches the realities of making the best product with the least environmental impact. She does this through passion, unravelling the supply chain and engaging with the modern conscious consumer. This involves also an apparel repair service which helps Finisterre reduce their environmental impact as well as learning and improving their products over time. Debbie shares Finisterre’s approach to educating the consumer about wool and the challenges the brand faced when working with wool. Surprisingly many of Finisterre’s manufacturing suppliers tend to be hesitant to work with wool. However, whenever a new wool fabric was developed together with Finisterre the results were phenomenal.

 

About Debbie Luffman

Finisterre is a Cornwall based clothing brand, born from needs of hardy British surfers, offering functional and sustainable product with a strong sense of style for those who share a love of the sea.

Debbie has worked at Finisterre for 9 years after previously working as a designer in high street fashion brands. As Product Director at Finisterre, she heads up all areas of the Finisterre product, from design, fabric development, supplier sourcing through to buying.  

 

Connect with Debbie Luffman here

Finisterre website

Finisterre Broadcast blog 

Debbie’s LinkedIn profile

 

 

Jen Hunter from Fernhill Farm for Wool Academy Podcast 25

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Jen Hunter is a multi-passionate sheep farmer in the UK. At Fernhill Farm, she is building a business with multiple income streams based on the resources the farm provides her with. In this Wool Academy podcast episode, she shares her story on how she came to better understand the wool supply chain and how she implemented her knowledge in her business.

About Jen Hunter

Jen Hunter together with her husband Andy are the owner of Fernhill Farm in Somerset, UK. On the farm they run over 3000 head of sheep in addition to beef cows, pigs and growing their own vegetables. Every year Fernhill Farm welcomes 15.000 visitors for shearing competitions, weddings and festivals. Jen is also highly engaged in selling her wool and creating her own wool products.

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Fernhill Farm Website

Jen on LinkedIn

Jen’s presentation at the 2015 Nuffield Farming Conference, Belfast (27 November 2015) about ‘Wool: an ancient fibre with a resilient future’

Jen’s report from her wool study tour in 2014

Ari Kuchar Video Producer for Wool Academy Podcast 24

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In this episode, Video Producer Ari Kuchar shares his knowledge about telling stories through video. Ari talks about why video is the number one form of communications going forward and how wool industry businesses can benefit from video. In this episode, you will learn which videos you can record yourself and which ones you would require some outside help with. Last but not least he gives some valuable tips on how to film sheep in a compelling way.

 

About Ari Kuchar

Ari Kuchar is a Video Producer with over 10 years of experience. He has worked in the Motion Picture, Television and Online video spaces with some of the world’s biggest brands (Nickelodeon, National Geographic, The Woolmark Company) and has taken an active part in the evolution of video as it has traversed definition, dimension and medium.

 

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Watch some of Ari’s wonderful wool videos on his website

Connect with Ari on LinkedIn

Interview with Goetz Giebel for Wool Academy Podcast Number 23

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Goetz Giebel is a wool industry supply chain expert with technical know-how in sourcing, finishing, knitting and supply chain concepts. In this episode, Goetz shares his knowledge about yarn production and explains us the difference between worsted and woollen yarn. He also explains the benefits that certain blends of wool with other fibres can have. We also discuss with Goetz about the challenges wool manufacturing companies face today and what the future developments will be for the wool supply chain in regards to traceability.

Goetz is also the President of Interwoollabs and explains the role this important wool industry body plays and why it is so important to measure wool consistently.

 

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Fibre-to-Fashion Consultancy

Interwoollabs

Goetz Giebel on LinkedIn

 

Terry Townsend Cotton Analytics interview at the Wool Academy Podcast with Elisabeth van Delden

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In this episode, cotton expert Dr Terry Townsend talks about the natural fibres industries in general. Terry gives brief introductions about cotton as well as other natural fibres. He points out why it is so important for natural fibres to connect and defend themselves against the synthetic fibres industry. Terry also expresses his high appreciation for farmers growing natural fibres. This episode is almost like a declaration of love towards farmers.  Terry also explains how some of the so-called fake facts about natural fibres exist and rectifies some of the allegations made. These include destroying the environment and using too much land. The cotton and wool industry can learn a lot from each other as the economic challenges continue for natural fibres in the future.

 

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Terry’s website Cotton Analytics

Terry’s LinkedIn profile

Philip Attard at Wool Academy Podcast episode 21

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In this episode wool grower and entrepreneur Philip Attard talks about the business he and his wife Alison created based out of their farm Gostwyck in Australia. Philip explains the different strategies he applied to create the Gostwyck Merino Wool brand to ensure a sustainable income for the business. One important aspect of Gostwyck Merino is traceability. This is key in a time and age where more and more consumer are eager to know where their wool is coming from. With the recently launched apparel label, Henry and Grace, Philip also gives insights into this new adventure of the Gostwyck Merino brand.

 

About Philip Attard

Philip took an interest in growing wool late in life.  After over 30 years in the computer industry, he and his wife Alison turned their attention to Gostwyck Farm, the wool they were growing and the management of the farm.  Over the past 17 years, Gostwyck has had many changes, notably the grazing management, animal welfare and wellbeing, and producing merino that is totally comfortable when worn next to the skin. Some of this merino is now used in the recently launched  maternity and baby wear brand  Henry and Grace.

 

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Gostwyck Merino Website

Henry and Grace – Maternity and Baby Wear

 

 

Wool Academy Podcast Episode 20 Dalena White from IWTO

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In this episode, Dalena White, Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) introduces the services that the IWTO offers towards the wool industry. Dalena lays out the strategic focus areas the industry body is focusing on. Focus areas include scientific research in areas such as health and wellness as well as sustainability. In the discussion, Dalena also points out the importance of educating young professionals in order to win the best talent for the industry in the future.

As IWTO is getting ready to host its 86th annual Congress, Dalena shares some insights about the programme and speakers. Early bird ends on 16 March 2017.

In this episode, Dalena mentions Lesley Prior, Monica Ebert and Chris Wilcox all who have been guests on the Wool Academy Podcast. Listen to their stories here:

Lesley Prior

Monica Ebert

Chris Wilcox

About Dalena White

Dalena White is the Secretary General of the International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO). IWTO is the recognized global authority for standards in the wool industry and has been representing the interests of the wool textile trade since 1930. IWTO is a member organisation and represents 60% of the total wool production pipeline. IWTO does not trade for profit.
Dalena has 20 years’ experience in textile manufacture and sourcing, working closely with retail. For the past eight years, she has been involved with brand development and product design in wool and finding sustainable solutions for designers wanting to work with wool in South Africa. Dalena moved to Brussels and the IWTO office in June 2016.

 

Connect with Dalena White here

IWTO

IWTO Congress 2017

The latest Market Information 2016 statistics

 

 

Wool Academy Podcast Guest 019 Kjersti Kviseth from 2025 Design

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In this episode, Life Cycle Design expert Kjersti Kviseth, talks about the importance of designing products with the 2nd and 3rd life of the product in mind. This is important in order to save resources and protect the environment. She explains how life cycle thinking today also known as the circular economy works and why it will become more and more important in the future. Last but not least she also shows that wool is an excellent fibre to use when it comes to making long lasting products that can transform into new products after its first use phase. Kjersti also shares insights about how the textile industry is working hard to improve the product footprint of the clothes we wear by creating systems based on LCA data.

About Kjersti Kviseth

Kjersti Kviseth runs the product design consultancy 2025design, doing Life Cycle thinking in design and development of materials and products, as well as sustainability assessments and strategies. She has a Diploma in Product design and 15 years of experience in the Norwegian furniture industry of which 10 as Environmental Manager. She has competence in eco-management, Life Cycle Development and “Cradle to Cradle” thinking related to design, product development and manufacturing.

Get in contact with Kjersti Kviseth

2025 Design

Kjersti on LinkedIn