20 July 2016
Lukas Vincent, originally from Frankston on the Mornington Peninsula, has won $50,000 in the Australia/NZ finals of the International Woolmark Prize.
The 32-year-old designer was recognised for his Exinfinitas label, which merges surf culture and high fashion design. As winner of the Australia/NZ menswear finals, Vincent is now eligible for the International Woolmark Prize, to be announced in January 2017.
The International Woolmark Prize showcases new and captivating interpretations of Merino wool. The regional awards are held in six regions: Asia; Australia & New Zealand; British Isles; Europe; India, Pakistan and Middle East; and the USA. Six menswear and six womenswear finalists are then selected to compete in the International Woolmark Prize global finals, traditionally held during key fashion weeks around the world.
Vincent joins some esteemed company as a regional finalist; previous Woolmark winners have included Dion Lee and Karl Lagerfeld.
The judges, including designer Jason Wu, said Vincent's entry stood out as the clear winner.
"Lukas came with a sharp point of view, a plan, a unique use of wool – he really transformed the material," they said.
Trained at the RMIT School of Fashion, Vincent left university to work with Bettina Liano for eight years before relocating to New York. His Exinfinitas label is now stocked at select outlets in Toronto, Paris, South Korea and Los Angeles.