Christopher Raeburn × MCM SS17

20.02.2017

We're proud to be working with MCM in celebration of MCM’s 40th anniversary. The SS17 capsule collection consists of ready-to-wear and accessories featuring re-imagined MCM bags and fragmented camouflage prints. Watch the presentation of the new collection at London Fashion Week Men's below. 

Inspired by the physics of the environment, the digitally enticing presentation at London Collections Men featured a 360-degree immersive installation that took models and attendees on an uplifting journey through pop-digital weather systems. MCM traversed wind, rain, sun, and various landscapes and cityscapes giving a contemporary twist to the iconic material that has signified luxury travel for four decades.

The collection is available now at MCM and selected retail partners globally. 


RÆBURN REPAIRS

07.02.2017

RÆBURN REPAIRS - Open Day of Free Repairs (limited spaces)

Saturday 18th March, 10am-5pm

BOOK YOUR FREE SPACE

On confirmation of booking please email repairs@christopherraeburn.co.uk with images of your damaged Ræburn piece and description of repair by 28th February.

We're proud to announce the first RÆBURN REPAIRS open day at the Remade Studio in Hackney! In a world of overconsumption and fast fashion, one of the most radical thing we can do as consumers is to keep our clothes in use for as long as possible. Part of our Remade, Reduced, Recycled initiative, we understand that things happen and clothes get damaged and we want to keep your favourite piece of clothing for many years to come. As such, we're inviting you to the Remade Studio and offering you the chance to benefit from on-the-spot repairs for your Christopher RÆBURN garment. Bring us your ripped seams and broken zips, and we’ll fix it for you free of charge. Don't chuck it or buy a new one, let us repair it!

This is a great opportunity to meet Christopher and the talented team who will be on hand to give you a private tour of the Remade studio while your beloved Ræburn piece is being brought back to life by our head seamstress Zory. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!

Important Notes:

  • Limited spaces
  • Only valid on Christopher RÆBURN clothing
  • Email us with images of your damaged piece by 28th February
  • Repairs will be assessed on an individual basis

Remade Studio Address: Studio 1, The Textile Building, 29a Chatham Place, Hackney, E9 6NY (nearest station: Hackney Central)

Enquiries: Email us or call us on +44 (0) 208 510 9689


HUBBUB Studio Visit

07.02.2017

 

Sustainable organisation HUBBUB and ‘FAUX’ Fashion Magazine competition winners came to visit the REMADE studio to gain more insight into the world of sustainable fashion. Watch the video for unique footage of the REMADE studio and an exclusive interview with Christopher.


CFE Sustainable Production Workshop

06.02.2017

We are excited to announce a special collaboration with Centre for Fashion Enterprise for a fashion production workshop, which will be taking place on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March 2017. This is a unique opportunity for young designers to learn about sustainable design at Christopher Raeburn's Remade Studio.

The workshop will be hosted by Christopher and attendees will be able to experience what it's like to be working within an established sustainable fashion brand. You will learn of key areas relating to production, sourcing, planning and quality control in the sustainable fashion industry. 

This workshop is open for any fashion businesses who:

• Are looking to professionalise their production processes

• Have been operational for at least 12 months

• Are registered at a London borough address

 

 Click here for more information on how to apply.

SS17 LAUNCH

03.02.2017

 

Today marks the launch of the much anticipated new SS17 collection. This season Christopher Raeburn contrasts the vision of a terrestrial dystopian future as portrayed in George Lucas’ film debut, “THX 1138” with the hope and momentum of the early years of the Race for Space. The collection brings both menswear and womenswear together to travel a valiant journey from launch, capsule, extra-vehicular activity and touch down, drawing inspiration from both pioneering construction and idealistic stargazing. 

The new collection is available from today in the webshop and across stockists worldwide. Relive the catwalk show and discover the collection via the video above. 


Christopher Ræburn × Victorinox

30.01.2017

A new year and new beginnings. Christopher Ræburn and Victorinox discontinue creative partnership.

“I’m exceptionally proud of the 7 year partnership I’ve had with Victorinox, from our original “Remade in Switzerland” project in 2011, my appointment as Artistic Director of the Apparel Division to more recent cross-divisional endeavours, it’s been a pleasure and above all an honour to work for a family-owned business with such integrity and alongside some exceptionally talented individuals. I will look back at my time with Victorinox with great fondness and wish all at Victorinox nothing but the best for an exciting future.”

2017 will see a focus around the growth of the Christopher Ræburn wholesale business, Remade studio activities and continued sustainable brand initiatives.


Christopher Ræburn × Save The Duck

13.01.2017

The new collaboration between Christopher Ræburn and Save The Duck for AW17 was unveiled on Wednesday at Pitti Uomo in the form of an exciting and playful installation. The collection itself entitled "RECYCLE" draws inspiration from nature and events that mark the coming and going of the seasons and the changing of weather. As such, the capsule offering aims to provide protection from the elements in the most innovative, adaptable and sustainable of ways. Iconic Save the Duck attributes such as PLUMTECH® padding, heat sealed seams and highly performing recycled fabrics provide the foundation for the radical design approach.

Raeburn plays to his strengths through the deconstruction and reconstruction of original military garments to provide iconic, innovative garments that are rich in authentic detailing. Camouflage field jackets and bomber with patchwork heat-sealed seams become protective shells and thermal linings become indispensable to protect yourself in unstable and unpredictable weather. As always, considered sourcing is of paramount importance for both brands and all materials have been chosen inline with the “ANIMAL FRIENDLY” mission of Save the Duck.

The capsule collection will be distributed in time for Autumn '17 to select luxury stores globally in collaboration with the showroom Tomorrow.

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AW17 CUT N' SHUT at LFWM

12.01.2017

We unveiled our AW17 collection last Sunday at London Fashion Week Men's. Taking inspiration from Ellsworth Kelly's deceptive, ground breaking and humorous ghost army, the collection aims to conceal, confuse and reveal in a playful innovative experiment of deconstruction and reconstruction. The Christopher Ræburn REMADE, REDUCED, RECYCLED ethos has been further emphasized through the use of bomb disposal uniforms, blankets and camouflage jackets; each piece lovingly crafted in our East London Remade studio and underpinned with authentic detailing and considered thinking.

Backstage photography by Amy Platt

Collaboration still being a key component of our approach to design, we're proud to introduce a new collaboration with Eastpak. The three-piece capsule collection of bags features remade camouflage and fluorescent detailing Remade in Europe to the highest standard and strictly limited to 100 pieces per sytle.

Keeping things local, we're also excited to introduce of new collaboraton with East London denim maker Blackhorse Lane Atelier. Part of our Reduced initiative, we've teamed up to create a line of of high quality organic denim jeans, individually numbered with Remade pocket detailing. Finally, our ongoing collaboration with Clarks continues in the form of high top boots with utilitarian detailing, interpreting advanced sustainability with style. The Avery dennison RBIS collaboration continues to deliver high quality recycled woven labelling and branding solutions visible throughout the collection.

Special thanks to the British Fashion Council, Ben Grimes (casting), Dominic Harwood (sound), Blonstein (production), Fudge Professional (hair), AOFM (make-up), Exposure (PR), Régis Tosetti & Simon Palmieri (art direction), FALKE (socks). Contributors: Eastpak, Blackhorse Lane Atelier, Clarks, Avery Dennison RBIS.

More information to come soon on Christopher Ræburn.


REMADE 2016: Hainsworth Wool

22.09.2016

In collaboration with The Woolmark Company and woolen mill A.W. Hainsworth, the Christopher Ræburn AW16 womenswear collection features some of the most distinctive REMADE designs to date. The REMADE line takes its inspiration from utilitarian and predominantly military clothing (from where many enduring designs have their origins) and their history. Since as early as 2001 Christopher has adapted and reconstructed surplus military pieces into contemporary garments and accessories. 

The first Christopher Ræburn jackets to feature Hainsworth wool were actually part of Christopher Ræburn's first ever collection, remaking new pieces from woollen British 'battle dress jackets', made from Hainsworth cloth. Yet when looking for local dead stock wool for more outerwear designs, Christopher Ræburn was led directly back to the source, Hainsworth's mill in Yorkshire. And in keeping with Hainsworth's own efforts to be as efficient and sustainable as they can be, dead stock Hainsworth wool and offcuts have been used in outerwear, accessories, dresses, trousers and the infamous Christopher Ræburn mascots since 2010.

A.W. Hainsworth has made woollen cloth since 1783. The company established by Abimelech William Hainsworth has since then clothed royalty in the most important ceremonies, as well as emergency and military services around the world. Hainsworth have in fact been supplying the British Military and the War Office with cloth since the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Indeed the term ‘the Thin Red Line’ was named after the distinctive scarlet Hainsworth fabric of the British regiments, coined in the English press after the Battle of Balaclava. Of course at the end of the 19th century the requirements were for a cloth that was more protective in colour and would better conceal the troops so Hainsworth worked closely with Leeds University and developed the first Khaki Serge in 1899. But the scarlet wool endures.

All Hainsworth fabrics are woven by dedicated and skilled craftsmen and the mill is a vertical one, meaning every part of the process is completed on site from the blending of raw wool right through to the careful finishing and dyeing processes. Most of the wool Hainsworth produce is merino and comes from New Zealand and Australia: It is very soft, this is due to the climate in which it is grown, warm and sunny temperatures don’t require a thick wiry coat which would normally protect the sheep from cold, wind and rain. Merino wool is also highly breathable; its fibres can absorb large quantities of moisture and move it away from the skin for fast evaporation. The fibres also have the ability to adapt to changes in body temperature, keeping the wearer warm in cold conditions and cool when the environment heats up.

The functionality of their fabrics is paramount, and today Hainsworth produce a number of technical patented protective fabrics, including working with DuPont for jet fighter pilot uniforms, and Nomex and Kevlar for fire service apparel all over the world. Interestingly, many fire services used wool up until the early 1980s. The mill also makes fabrics for the interiors of rail and aviation vehicles. With their own in-house UKAS accredited laboratory, Hainsworth offer a range of standard tests for evaluating specific textile properties, both physical and chemical, to make sure they are suitable for their end purpose, but especially for the technical and protective fabrics that need to meet industry standards. And it's not just the military and service industries that benefit from the Yorkshire mill's products. In 1992 Hainsworth purchased EJ Riley, snooker table manufacturers, and added cloth to their range. The cloth produced at Hainsworth is applied in plenty of other ways: from blankets and cushions to technical felts found inside the workings of Steinway pianos. 

REMADE Ceremonial Biker Jacket

But everywhere you go at Hainsworth, you are reminded of that one fabric in particular; the scarlet wool. Still used in Her Majesty's Royal Guardsmen tunics, the blood red merino wool is unmistakably British. The fabric has changed slightly over the years – it now contains a small amount of nylon which makes the fabric more hard wearing – but it still has that same look as it has since the Battle of Waterloo. Hainsworth's dye house also perform rigorous tests to obtain a uniform distribution of colour throughout the fabric and ensure consistency of shade from batch to batch. The colour of their fabrics do not fade, so the ceremonial uniforms you see could range from two to 20 years old, but the colour will remain consistent throughout. And each individual regiment who use the scarlet wool have their own individual decorations and buttons, embroidered and attached by military tailors.

The natural versatility and adaptability merino wool offers (as well as how beautiful it is to touch and wear) make it one of the most enduring fabrics in the Christopher Ræburn collection. And it is the guardsman's ceremonial jackets that exemplify the structure, handle and colour which Hainsworth fabric is renowned for. The standout piece in this season's women's collection is the REMADE Ceremonial Biker Jacket, crafted from deconstructed and reworked original Guardsman's tunics. Originally constructed by military tailors, these garments have beautiful raw edges,  with tightly woven and consistent cloth and expert finishing, including the various embroidery, badges and buttons.

Constructing a REMADE product:

  • Christopher and his team spend time searching warehouses and websites for dead stock and surplus military textiles.
  • Today the archive at the REMADE Studio holds over 1000 different military and service garments and artefacts.
  • For this season's Ceremonial Biker Jacket design a total of 50 Guardsman's ceremonial tunics were sourced.
  • The jacket is cleaned and checked for defects  and then carefully deconstructed with scalpels and fabric scissors.
  • Patterns are then cut and components prepared for the machinist.
  • The new design is then stitched and sewn into the new shape, with zips and embellishments attached.

#REMADEinEngland 


London Fashion Week: FELDER FELDER

19.09.2016

Pictures credit: Neale Haynes

London based brand FELDER FELDER, established by sisters Annette and Daniela Felder while studying at Central Saint Martins in 2007, has unveiled its standout piece ahead of their show at London Fashion Week. As their last collection saw jumpsuits and blouses made of recycled glass and CDs and plastic embroidery on outerwear, the twins are supporting sustainable fashion again in their SS17 Collection, particulary affected by documentary 'The True Cost'. 

The 2015 documentary directed by Andrew Morgan draws attention to fast fashion and its consequences: while prices have been decreasing, the human and environmental costs have dramatically grown. Exploring social and psychological aspects, including consumerism, the movie features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva.

“For us, the sustainable fashion angle is important going forward. In our own lives, we live quite consciously - so we decided it was time to translate that into our brand and try to reduce the wastage that you unfortunately have in fashion.” –  Annette Felder

In honour of their 10th anniversary, the two German designers presented their first of their 10-piece collection. The eco-friendly dress is part of a line created with the exclusive use of up-cycled and sustainable fabrics. Inspired and made of the carbon fibre from "BMW i" sustainable vehicle programme, the dress appears like a soft fibre tasseled dress with a strong fringing detailing.


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