Disney | Christopher Ræburn

15.09.2016

"Oh boy!" This week sees the launch of a Christopher Ræburn collaboration with none other than Walt Disney. And more specifically, the two most iconic cartoon mice in the world. Designed and developed over the last 12 months at the east London studio, through seven stages of prototyping, Christopher and his team worked closely with a Disney character artist to ensure the accuracy of the characters in leather and denim form.

"To work with the Walt Disney Company is not only a huge honour, it’s thrilling to create something that really represents exactly what we’re about as a brand.” said Christopher Raeburn. “Collaboration, playfulness and innovative design are in our DNA, and this project has all these elements.We also worked hard to source the best materials and reduce waste on the packaging.”

Christopher Ræburn worked closely with Disney to ensure the accuracy of the characters, whilst staying true to the brand’s ethos of sustainability.

The bags are made from ethically sourced nappa leather or organic European milled indigo denim. The multi-purpose design has a zipped compartment at the back of the body and a strap that adjusts to two lengths. The straps can be worn over the shoulder or held around the wrist.

Each bag comes presented in a reusable hexagonal box. Easily flat packed and made from 100% recycled materials, the packaging has been produced by Christopher Raeburn's close manufacturing partner, Avery Dennison RBIS.

“To join up with a company that has brought joy to millions with their characters and stories is amazing. We hope to continue the love for these fun and original cartoon icons.”

Mickey and Minnie will debut this weekend at London Fashion Week and will be available online at ChristopherRæburn.co.uk, and available to collect from the new Ræburn studio in London, in-store at The Conran Store in London, plus a host of international retail partners. The Minnie style will also be available in pink nappa leather, exclusively at Selfridges.


Ræburn Recommends: The London Design Biennale

08.09.2016

The London Design Biennale has launched its long awaited exhibition at Somerset House this week. Including different types of recently commissioned installations and artworks from over 30 countries all over the world, the exhibition is focused on artists, designers and makers translating the concept of social and environmental utopia, paying particular attention to the concepts of sustainability, migration, pollution, energy, cities, and social equality. 

With a wide roster of curators including Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (USA), DAMnº Magazine (Belgium), German Design Council, the MAK and Austria Design Net, Moscow Design Museum (Russia), Triennale Design Museum (Italy), India Design Forum, Southern Guild (South Africa), The Japan Foundation, and Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), the exhibition involves every aspect of the creative process, with contributions from architects, designers, scientists, artists and writers. 

The London Design Biennale experience also includes a diverse and solid talks programme, that will run throughout the duration of the exhibition and will be held by some of the world’s best academics, designers or experts in the field. The programme will kick off in the Mexican pavilion, with a conference about a binational city on the controversial border between Mexico and USA. 

Conceived as a world tour of ideas and future visions, the exhibition is on show until September 27.

 

http://www.londondesignbiennale.com/


AW16 Wintercamp

27.07.2016

The AW16 menswear collection takes us to the desolate steppes of Mongolia, finding tactile textures and rich colours, as worn by the nomadic people who inhabit this awesome place. Sustainable and natural fabrics mix with colour and technique to reflect Mongolian craftsmanship and culture, and the strength of the people there who sustain there fascinating folk traditions.

“For this season we discovered inpsiration in one of the most amazing landscapes on the planet." says Christopher Ræburn. "The nomadic peoples of Mongolia have incredible traditions, and we've used materials, icons and silouhettes based on this to create AW16 Wintercamp."

Sustainability and longevity is also key to the collection, with REMADE pieces constructed from military materials, morphing into modern menswear pieces. The print and embroidery uses both iconography and handrawn illustrations featuring Mongolian winter camp scenes, the endangered snow leopard and cyrillic script. In contrast, there are woolen hand knitted garments that echo a more rudimentary style of insulation and form.

Alongside this are classic Christopher Ræburn pieces, such as the Wool Parka, Quilted Bomber, and the immortal CR Gilet. Updates have also been made to Bomber Jacket styles and the Zip Pocket Joggers. Elsewhere the accessories feature essential pieces such as the Lightweight Packaway Tote and Daypack, using recycled polyester fill and iconic diamond quilt detailing.

 

 

 


The Archive: SPECTRAL LINE SS12

13.07.2016

The Christopher Ræburn SS12 collection marked a further step in the designer's evolution, presenting not only unique outerwear, but ready-to-wear pieces and bold new colour and pattern experimentation in an eye-catching group of garments that asserted the brand's vision. It was the year the Olympics came to east London, virtually next door to the CR studio, then in Hackney Wick.

While playing with different shades and colours, Christopher Ræburn stayed true to the original founding principles: REMADE in England and sustainability. 

The REMADE technique has always been central to CR design. Marrying high quality craftwork and production process, all these limited edition REMADE pieces are deconstructed and then reconstructed from European military materials, fabrics and clothing. 

In SS12, Swiss military macs were converted into Swiss Pac-Away Jackets and Swiss Bombers, limited to just 50 pieces worldwide. 

The 'Lightweight' feature was kept throughout the entire collection; a wide range of garments being produced in parachute fabric, resulting in a line of light parkas and jackets that feature integrated bags for compact functionality, as well as smart draw cords to shape the waist and sleeve points.

Also British military fabrics and German Parka linings were involved in the season’s REMADE process, and high visibility vests could be found alongside the seasonal mascot, a reflective squirrel.

Bringing along his interest in the British industry and textiles, locally sourced fabrics, such as the Wax Cotton, were used for for jackets and kimonos. A fresh addition to SS12 was the use of 100% organic jersey cotton with t-shirts, hoodie dresses and jackets.

 


Bill Cunningham

27.06.2016

Acclaimed fashion journalist, photographer and hat designer, Bill Cunningham, who died at 87 this past weekend, has been a central personality of the New York fashion scene. Photographing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Jacqueline Bouvier, he has been one of the most important street fashion photographers of all time, internationally known as the pioneer of ‘fashion on the street’.  As much as his pictures, his journalistic pieces of work are remembered to be the introducers of French fashion in the American scene, presenting to the New York audiences names such as Azzedine Alaia and Jean Paul Gaultier.

When he began writing for Women’s Wear Daily and the Chicago Tribune in his thirties, he was fascinated by womenswear and hats to the point that he started taking candid photographs on the streets of NYC. Published in 1978, his first pictures soon became a regular series (known as ‘On the Street’) in the Times. With a democratic fashion sense, his photographs portrayed clothing as a personal expression, not related to paparazzi or celebrity, choosing instead a genuine style. 

Bill Cunninghm/The New York Times  

"More than anyone else in the city, he has the whole visual history of the last 40 or 50 years of New York. It's the total scope of fashion in the life of New York". – Oscar de la Renta 

Taking impromptu pictures of everyday people as well as of celebrities and fashion personalities of Manhattan, the self taught photographer was personally valued by most of them, even though his aim was just to take pictures and not enter the Manhattan world of socialites. 

His repertoire includes several series of pictures and a world recognised exhibition in 2014 entitled “Bill Cunningham: Façades” at the New York Historical Society, alongside different awards, such as the Outstanding photographer of the year in 1983 by CFDA, the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence, or the Living Landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy for his singularity. 

Famous for his simple uniform and for travelling around NYC by bicycle, in his nearly 40 years working for The Times, he will always be remembered as the one who analysed fashion sociology through pictures, snapping an ever changing social scene. 

 


Summer Sample Sale

17.06.2016

Between the 1st and 3rd of July we're opening the doors to our brand new studio for a huge summertime sample sale. We've unearthed some fantastic archive pieces and rare one-offs, complete with accessories and animals at absolutely jaw dropping discounts.  We're looking forward to welcoming one and all to the heart of Hackney, east London. See you there!

NEW STUDIO ADDRESS: Studio 1, The Textile Building, 29a Chatham Place, E9 6FJ

TIMES: Friday 1st July, 5 – 8pm | Sat 2nd July, 11 - 6pm | Sun 3rd July, 11 – 6pm


LAUNCH SS17 at London Collections: Men

14.06.2016

Backstage photography by Maude Maillard

On Sunday, the latest Christopher Ræburn collection, LAUNCH SS17, featuring both men's and women's designs, boldly sped down the runway. A fast-paced presentation with a bespoke soundtrack of haunting beats and vocals, the collection was inspired by pioneers of 20th century space travel and cult sci-fi movie THX 1138. LAUNCH SS17 builds on key CR themes of sustainability and exploration with outerwear constructed from deadstock Tyvek and Nomex, velcro strapping and packs, and modular detachable velcro patches. Other pieces too were adorned with an alphabet of velcro patches, as well as icon patches, motifs lifted from the 'Space Manifesto' montage (below). Included in this manifesto print is the Ethos emblem stating the Christopher Ræburn qualities of 'Reduced', 'Recycled', 'Remade'. This could be seen on sweatshirts and t-shirts on the catwalk. Alongside the clothing were new futuristic luggage pieces and the latest shoe collaboration with British brand Clarks, lightweight trainers and sandals, arguably the finest set yet. Stay in orbit for more info and images.

 

 


MCMxCR at LC:M

14.06.2016

Saturday at London Collections: Men unveiled the latest Christopher Ræburn collaboration; a collection of clothing and luggage with luxury brand MCM. The show was an audio-visual lightning bolt: Onlookers (including techno-geek rapper will.I.am) were dazzled by the sound and vision courtesy of design studio Universal Everything's 3D projection mapping and music provided by London duo Raime. The (unisex) collection itself, defined by the idea of 'Made to Move', included reinterpretations of iconic MCM luggage pieces with modular holdalls, rucksacks and pouches. In terms of the clothing, distincitve fabrics and patterns featured with the Splinter Camo, Sonic Wave (inspired by soundwaves), and Quilted M material all in a modern palette of black, grey, blue, and yellow.


CR at London Collections: Men

10.06.2016

It’s another big weekend for the Christopher Ræburn team in London. Everyone from pattern cutters and machinists to stylists and photographers are working to make London Collections: Men 2016 one to remember. Christopher Ræburn is representing at two shows, first on Saturday at the Grand Connaught Rooms with MCM and then on Sunday the Christopher Ræburn SS17 men’s and women’s show at the BFC space on The Strand.

Creative Director, Christopher Ræburn, commented:

“There’s always a huge buzz around the studio during fashion weeks, and this weekend promises to show something a little different than previous years. The MCM x CR show on Saturday is lining up to be quite the spectacle. And then Sunday, showing our SS17 collection, will be slightly different from previous runway encounters. So it’s very exciting.” 

Follow along on our social channels from now through Sunday.

MCM x CR show – Saturday, Grand Connaught Romms [at] 1200 hrs

Christopher Ræburn SS17 – Sunday, 180 The Strand [at] 1400 hrs


MCM X Christopher Ræburn

23.05.2016

Arriving at London Collections Men in June, Christopher Ræburn and the celebrated leather-goods marque have created a unisex collection reworking MCM signature pieces into new patterns, with an emphasis on sustainability. 

“We collaborated to develop a collection with a modern, considered and sustainable approach. I’ve nothing but respect for MCM who are seeking to innovate, not only in creativity, but in our thinking around consumption of contemporary fashion.”Christopher Ræburn

Using MCM’s travel heritage and Ræburn’s progressive design ethos; form, function and longevity underpin this exciting new partnership. A number of pieces are constructed using recycled plastic bottles and bluesign®-approved fabrics (using the most sustainable manufacturing methods that minimise environmental impact).

Look forward to the official presentation on Saturday 11th June at London Collections Men.


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