Christopher Raeburn has teamed up with Rapha cycle-wear to produce a limited edition capsule collection with an innovative approach to city riding. Rapha is know for its emphasis on quality and functionality as well as outstanding design. Made in England, Rapha & Raeburn marks the latest collaboration for brothers Christopher and Graeme; a product designer at Rapha.
The project stemmed from a feature in 'O Magazine' on Christopher Raeburn's work that also touched on Graeme's role at Rapha, something which was picked up on by many, prompting discussion on working together. Rapha had been keen to explore local production and Christopher's expertise and experience within sustainable home production provided the perfect collaborator.
In conversation with Selectism, Graeme explains: "It continues a tradition at Rapha of working with creative talent from outside the immediate field of cycling on collections for city-riding. Cycling in town involves a complex balance of so many of elements – fabric, fit, style, function – in some cases more so than the racing and training. By collaborating we can utilize other areas of expertise and create products that wouldn’t otherwise exist. Chris was influential in terms of style and local production, and Rapha was able to bring the technical and functional aspect."
The Spring Summer 2013 collection features a merino wool henley, technical Italian denim and the centrepiece of the line, a lightweight innovative windcheater. Crafted from durable wind and rain resistant re-appropriated military parachute canopies, the packable tailored jacket features reflective details throughout; including high-visibility seam strips and an oversized hand-screen printed dot print along the sleeves. With only 600 available, each windcheater, which is available in three colours, displays it's individual production number on the label.
Watch the windcheater in action below :
This fascinating short film takes us to the Cooper & Strollbrand factory, one of the oldest outerwear manufactures in England, where the limited Rapha & Raeburn city riding windcheater is produced. Documenting the entire garment production process; from the unpacking and deconstruction of the parachute canopies, to the pattern cutting, reconstruction and final intricate details we gain valuable insight into the importance and quality of local production.
Shop the collection at the Rapha E-Store
This weekend, Christopher Raeburn is participating in the Maison de Mode Ethical Pop-Up shop at The Hole Gallery, New York.
Featuring a selection of the fairest, contemporary fashion-forward designers, inclding Stella McCartney, the pop up store which is the brainchild of Town and Country contributer Amanda Hearst and young designer Hassan Pierre, sets to provide a retail platform that not only reinforces the importance of eco-fashion but also continues to disprove the myth that sustainable fashion is something frumpy or bland.
Running from the 10th to 13th of May, alongside and in association with Frieze Art Fair, a limited hand-picked selection of Christopher Raeburn womenswear will be available to purchase. Open from 12-7pm daily.
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At Christopher Raeburn we’ve always known that materials matter; it’s in our DNA to seek out and select the most intelligent and sustainable fabrics and components to make our products but we also know that we can always do more, try harder, be more innovative and keep pushing the limits of what’s possible. Taking part in the Launch 2020 summit this week re-confirmed the relevance and importance of the path we’re on as a brand. Launch is a partnership between Nike, USAID, the US State department and NASA, seemingly unlikely bedfellows but an amazingly powerful set of players, who’s one objective is to identify sustainable innovation in every arena and bring it to scale. The Launch 2013 challenge is looking for innovations that can change the way we design, make and use fabrics.
The event was hugely inspiring and brought together 150 diverse players all of whom have a key role in creating better materials. It was truly amazing to be in a room where the voices of everyone from CEO’s of chemical companies to fashion design students were given equal relevance and space to be heard. Some of the highlights included astronaut Ron Garan talking about the six months he spent orbiting the globe on a space station and sharing his unique physical and a metaphysical view of the world, what he has achieved in space and on earth is awe inspiring. Joan Benoit, the first woman to win gold in an Olympic marathon, was another hugely inspiring speaker, at 55 she still runs 70 miles a week and is an avid campaigner for environmental issues. Joan and Christopher sat next to each other on the first day of Launch and they worked out that she has already run at least 150,000 miles in her lifetime….Christopher has some catching up to do.
Christopher attended Launch 2020, which took place at Nike HQ in Portland Oregon, having been invited by The Centre for Sustainable Fashion to be part of the Nike Mobilize Makers project in 2012. Mobilize Makers involved the development and testing of a digital tool, aimed at helping designers and makers to understand and select better fabrics and components for their products. The project allowed Christopher to contribute his expertise to shaping a tool that will hopefully be the first step towards creating an industry benchmark for sustainable materials. Christopher also mentored two groups of London College of Fashion students whose job was to test out the first version of the tool through eight design projects each one inspired by a different sport. It was huge pleasure to see the students work on display at the Launch 2020 summit and a major reminder of how important it is to educate the next generation of designers in order to see real change in the industry.
We are pleased to announce Christopher Ræburn has been shortlisted for the UK Fashion and Textiles Designer Business of the Year award! The award recognises creativity and innovation in building a viable business. The UK Fashion and Textiles Association provide a voice and meeting place for fashion and textiles companies and retailers as well as providing support, information exchange and valuable advice. We wish good luck to our fellow nominees Karl Donoghue and Alex Monroe!
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Christopher Ræburn has teamed up with Rapha cycle wear to produce a limited edition capsule collection with an innovative approach to city riding. Rapha is know for its emphasis on quality and functionality as well as outstanding design. Keep your eyes peeled for more details coming soon!
To celebrate British design and kick off the menswear Autumn/Winter collections, the Prime Minister, David Cameron hosted a reception at 10 Downing Street on Monday 7th January. Guests included the best of British designers, ambassadors of renowned fashion labels and some of fashion's key commentators. Christopher Raeburn was very proud to be part of this fantastic night and is very grateful to the Prime Minister for his invite.
“A real honour and a great pleasure to spend an evening in such fine company. The Prime Minister spoke with great passion about British design and manufacturing and it’s importance globally; it was fantastic to hear such support from the man at the top”
Photo: Cozette McCreery (Sibling), Christopher Raeburn, Dylan Jones (British GQ & Chair of the Menswear Committee), Prime Minister David Cameron, Natalie Massenet MBE & J.W. Anderson – Photo Credit BFC Photo: Gordon Richardson (TOPMAN), Christopher Raeburn & Jason Griffiths (TOPMAN) — Photo Credit BFC
Christopher Ræburn has been chosen, amongst the 60 most influential figures in fashion, music and sport, as a loyal and distinguished fan with a view to requesting his participation in a charity fund raising exercise. He has been asked to personalise the original 1952 Fred Perry shirt with a birthday message or full-blown customisation. The rabbit, the famous lovely pet from Christopher Ræburn label, was for the occasion created from the polo shirt.Customizers come from 15 different countries and include other famous personalities such as British cycling champion Sir Bradley Wiggins, Blur frontman Damon Albarn and designer Raf Simons. All the 60 shirts are displayed online at Fred Perry.com and Fred Perry will present the first 20 customisations exclusively at Dover Street Market in London on January 26th.
The customized shirts will be auctioned in 2013, with all proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity established in the name of the late singer’s name to help care for struggling young people
We are proud to announce that Christopher Ræburn has been appointed artistic director for Victorinox fashion
Christopher Ræburn first conceived a capsule collection (Autumn/Winter 11), named ‘Remade in Switzerland’, each item to be produced in a hand-numbered limited edition of 100 pieces. The garments constructed from re-appropriated Swiss military fabrics were a celebration of craft and a reaction to fast fashion. He went on to continue his collaboration with Victorinox, launching the PROTECT capsule collection that has now become a pinnacle for the brand at both retail and key wholesale accounts. Christopher is thrilled to work with Victorinox’s teams and share his creative eye and design ideas to improve the performance of the future Victorinox clothing collections. “I see a great opportunity to push Victorinox fashion to the next level and I am looking forward to bringing my aesthetic and experience into the main collection,” said Raeburn. A fantastic start of 2013!