This semester, textile design students and faculty traveled to Italy for “The Knit Games,” a textile design competition sponsored by Loro Piana, a manufacturer of luxury yarns, apparel and home furnishings.
M.S. in textile design student Drew McKevitt and B.S. in textile design student Nina Nickerson visited the company’s headquarters in Quarona with Claire Beevers, director of the M.S. in textile design program at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University). While there, they learned about the Loro Piana brand and philosophy, toured the production facilities and viewed their collections of fabrics and scarves.
For the competition, the students received a visual design brief to design a collection of knit fabrics which reflect a vision of the future for the company’s brand. Their pieces will be judged during a second visit to Italy in April. The winners will have the opportunity to work on their designs with the Loro Piana knit development team and show their collection at Pitti Filati, the international yarn and knitting fair in Milan in June.
The Jefferson team will be competing against students from Politecnico di Milano in Milan and École Duperré in Paris.