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Project Glow Wear – a competition for high-vis fashion designs

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
Reflective is the new black! That’s the theme behind a design competition launched in Wellington today.

Project Glow Wear aims to stimulate designers, home-sewers and crafters to create, or redesign existing high visibility wear into attractive and practical garments or accessories for people walking, running or cycling at night.

Prizes include a paid internship at Arrow Uniforms and the manufacture and distribution of the winning item.

“Being involved in Project Glow Wear is a great opportunity for Arrow Uniforms to contribute towards the safety of our community,” says Arrow Uniforms Managing Director Des Ford.

Mr Ford says his company has been producing safety garments for the past 25 years and is always keen to see products evolve through materials and design.

“We are offering an eight week paid internship within our company for the successful designer. This will give the winner a unique opportunity to work alongside other designers and to learn about the process involved in garment manufacturing, from design through to production and onto the user”.

Mr Ford said there was huge interest within his company as many of his staff were keen walkers and cyclists who were extremely conscious of the need for safety. “It’s a great privilege to be able to work with the local authorities of the Wellington region and especially Hutt City where Arrow is located.”

Also up for grabs is a Heavy Duty sewing machine from Singer, and a Singer Steam Station donated by Wellington Sewing Services in the Kilbirnie Plaza.

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Sustainable Transport Team Manager, Melanie Thornton, is right behind the new collaborative project. “‘Reflective clothing or accessories stand out a mile off when caught in lights, bringing an otherwise invisible person clearly into view. We’ve all seen (or maybe some of us own) a hi-vis vest or some other item that’s currently out there in the market. But let’s face it; they’re high vis, but not exactly high fashion. There’s got to be a way to be seen, and to look good too!

“We want to see those dark horses become bright knights!”

The transport teams at Hutt City Council and Wellington City Council are also supporting the event, along with the Wellington Lux Festival, with Festival Director Mary Laine lighting up the judging panel.

Participation is open to New Zealand residents or citizens 17 years or older. See the website www.projectglowwear.com for full details and terms and conditions. Like and follow the event on Facebook – www.facebook.com/projectglowwear

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