To capture our Woolmark certified Australian Wool Collection, we travelled back to our model Stephanie’s family home at Benangaroo Station. Her parents, Michael and Angela Field, own and operate the Benangaroo Station Merino wool farm, producing high quality, ethically made Merino wool.
While snapping our beautiful Australian wool knits, we took a quick break to chat to Stephanie. Currently residing in NYC as an international model, Stephanie returned to Australia to be part of our new campaign… right in her own backyard.
Stephanie Joy Field
Grew up…At Benangaroo Station, right near Jugiong NSW (between Sydney and Melbourne).
Currently living…in New York
Must-have piece from the Jeanswest Australian Wool Collection is…It would have to be a tie between the 100% Australian wool roll neck sweater dress (in grey) and also the 100% Merino wool cable knit roll neck sweater.
Style icon is…Olivia Palmero; she is so classic, yet chic and it just seems effortless.
My signature fragrance…Chanel – Chance
Favourite restaurant in NYC…For brunch Two Hands (they do the best Acai bowl). For dinner, the Butchers Daughter.
My go-to failsafe meal to cook for a dinner party…Spaghetti Bolognese with zucchini noodles.
Favourite runway experience…Celine/Valentino
My hidden talent or skill is…Equestrian
What did you love most about growing up on the family property?
The thing that I loved the most about growing up on the property was that there was so much space to run around and just be a kid. From riding the horses to BBQs down by the river. I also think that growing up on a property has made me appreciate all the best things in life that are actually free. I also find that my background is what helps keep me grounded, especially during times when it is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of the fashion industry.
Stephanie wears Marisa Long Sleeve Crew Neck Pullover (coming soon) and Ceri Skinny 7/8 White Jeans.
You made the move to NYC in 2014 to pursue your career in modelling, what has been your biggest highlight since making the move?
My biggest highlight has been able to say that I have lived in the Big Apple. But also the amazing people that I have met and have had the pleasure to work for/with. Clients like Christian Dior, WSJ, V Magazine, Vogue Italia, Vogue Germany, Document Journal; they were all amazing highlights. Although the friendships that I have made are ones that will definitely last a lifetime.
What did you enjoy about shooting on your family property as opposed to walking the international runways?
Shooting on the farm and especially on my parents’ property was something that really resonated a sense of warmth within me. It was initially a weird feeling combining life on the farm with modeling life, especially because the farm is where I usually come to escape. But being able to share where I grew up with the rest of the team was such an incredible experience, it made me feel proud of who I am and where I come from – it’s not often you have the luxury of shooting in the comfort of your own home! Walking on the international runway is always such a surreal experience, I feel so blessed to even be given the opportunity to work with such amazing creative teams – but at the end of the day the reality is you are away from home and missing your loved ones. Home is always where the heart is.
You’re passionate about promoting Australian wool and Merino wool, why do you think it’s so important we continue to support the Australian wool industry?
I think that it is very important to stay true to yourself and support where you came from; and growing up in a wool orientated family my values are to stay true to that always. It’s my dad’s passion and I will support him in any way, shape or form that I can – one day I hope to be as successful as him in promoting Australian wool. I love the quality of Australian wool and Merino wool in general; it keeps you warm and is very sustainable. I think that it is so important as Australians to promote Merino wool as it is a huge part of the Australian economy.
Stephanie wears Jaden Long Sleeve Cowl Neck Merino Pullover.
Go behind the scenes at Benangaroo Station: