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New world record in fineness of wool fleeces set by Zegna
Apr '10
In the Centennial year of Ermenegildo Zegna the Vellus Auruem golden prize for the world's best superfine woollen fleece, has been won by the Windradeen farm in New South Wales, Australia – setting a new record in fineness.

The wool growers Ed and Jill Hundy won this year's trophy with a gorgeously-soft ultra-fine 10.0 micron fleece, setting a new world record in the fineness of wool fleeces. The prior record had remained un-matched in fineness at 10.3 microns since March 2003.

The Windradeen farm won the Ermenegildo Zegna Vellus Aureum International Trophy record with a score of 93.1 points. Awarded from a maximum of 100 points, fleeces are judged on the criteria of fineness, weight, style, strength and evenness.

The Ermenegildo Zegna Vellus Aureum International Trophy established in 2003, is awarded to the best of the competing fleeces, measuring less than 14.0 micron, with unique qualities of softness and fineness.

At the 57th Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Awards, held in Melbourne, Australia, Paolo Zegna Chairman of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, presented the awards at the Grand Hyatt hotel in the presence of all the winning wool growers from Australasia.

The Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Awards are run in association with the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association. Only wool from non mulesed and non single penned sheep are allowed entry into the Wool Awards. All fleeces entered in the competition are purchased by the Zegna Group and commence their long journey along the road towards the creation of the world's finest quality menswear and accessories produced under the Ermenegildo Zegna Group's brands.

Presenting the trophies, Paolo Zegna said: “In the Centennial Anniversary year of Ermenegildo Zegna we are proud to announce this astonishing achievement of a record fleece fineness of 10.0 micron. This brings superfine merino wool into a new realm of fineness and is a testament to the miracle of nature and the skill of the growers.”

The Ermenegildo Zegna Group is the world leader in luxury men's clothing, sold through over 550 Ermenegildo Zegna stores worldwide - and fabrics made exclusively for the Ermenegildo Zegna collections, the world's top tailors and ready-to-wear brands.

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