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Episode 21 - Iris and Wool

What happens when a woman with a long-standing love of fashion marries a wool grower? The answer is a luxury fashion label straight out of Burra in South Australia. Emily Riggs and her husband Tom have forged a unique partnership in business as well as life. She loves getting out on the farm to lend a helping hand, while in turn, he’s found himself stepping into the shoes of a model! Luxury clothing label Iris and Wool is a crucial part of the diversification of the family farm. But Emily has had to overcome incredible personal tragedy to forge such a successful path for herself.

  • Meditation Hill is Emily’s favourite place on the farm.

  • Emily has not only fallen in love with a farmer, but the whole industry.

  • She is a fierce advocate for the bush and creating sustainable natural garments.

  • Iris and Wool is a luxury clothing line and Emily explains why traceability is important.

  • Receiving the coveted and internationally recognised ‘Woolmark’.

  • The concept of ‘Slow Fashion’ and why it is important for the planet.

  • The Little River Dress is Emily’s favourite piece from her fashion label.

  • Emily was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 10 and lost her mother to breast cancer shortly after her own diagnosis. She shares how this experience has impacted her perspective on life.

  • Emily turned to fashion for comfort as a young woman and how this evolved over time.

  • The significance of the name ‘Iris and Wool’ and why 5% of every sale is donated to the McGrath Foundation.

  • Emily is branching out, combining other natural fibres with wool for a new range launching in September.

  • The most common misconception about farming.

  • The craziest experience since moving to the farm.

  • The ultimate dream for Iris and Wool.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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