We want to say a big thank you to Men’s Health for the post show party they held at The Sanderson Hotel; it’s safe to say a good night was had by all! It was also great to see the exclusive shark print tote bag we designed for the Men’s Health survival kit being handed out by a Raeburn clad crew at various LC:M venues.
To celebrate the launch of our AW15 menswear collection RAFT, we partnered with Lavazza to create an exclusive coffee cup for LC:M. This season’s concept was inspired by the epic challenges faced by a group of men stranded at sea on a life raft; needless to say the shark was the only contender for our AW15 animal mascot. It was great to see our circling shark print, which features on t-shirts in the collection, also clutched in the hands of the many caffeine addicts rushing from one show to another at LC:M. We want to say a big thank you to Lavazza for supporting us, it’s always exciting to have the chance to apply our prints in alternative formats and we were really pleased with the outcome.
Photo Credit: Diary Of A Clothes Horse
It’s official we love wool, this season saw the continuation of our partnership with The Woolmark Company. The Woolmark team has been incredibly supportive, helping us to source and develop a number of new categories over the last year; we are particularly proud of the Merino knitwear that features in this season’s RAFT collection. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Woolmark for introducing us to wool denim; we’re really excited about the new combat pants and trousers that we’ve been able to develop using this incredible fabric and we’re looking forward to seeing it on the rails of stores later in the year.
At Christopher Ræburn we work hard to establish partnerships and collaborations that reflect our values as a business and uphold our commitment to doing things differently. Now in it’s third season our partnership with The Woolmark Company is a great exemplar of this ethos. Working with The Woolmark Comapny we have been able to innovate both in terms of the fabrics we use and the garments we design and make. Integrating Cool Wool has allowed us to establish some key styles, such as the Hybrid Hoodie, that are becoming Christopher Raeburn classics. We’re really proud to be using Cool Wool again this season and the SS15 womenswear collection ASCENT demonstrates the unique properties of this super lightweight Merino Wool. The Cool Wool garments that feature in ASCENT bridge the gap between casualwear and soft tailoring and create garments with an easy elegance and feminine functionality. We want to say a big thank you to the Woolmark Company for all the support to date.
We have teamed up with British Heritage brand Barbour to create a capsule collection of limited edition womenswear pieces. Inspired by Barbour’s extensive archive and military history but with Christopher Raeburn’s unique handwriting, the collection captures the spirit and ethos of both brands.
The collection, which now is available to purchase at Fenwick of Bond Street, features outerwear, knitwear, shirts and dresses in addition to an assortment of accessories including hats, gloves, scarves and bags.
The collection takes it's inspiration from the story of the Ursula Jacket from the Barbour archive:
“In 1937, Captain George Phillips took command of the Ursula, one of the first of the new U-class submarines. One of his Lieutenant’s was a keen motorcyclist who wore a one piece oversuit made by Barbour. Captain Phillips instructed him to wear the suit while he aimed a fire hose on him. Despite the force of the water, the navigating officer remained dry. Impressed by the protection the suit offered, Captain Phillips visited Barbour and persuaded them to cut the suit in two to make a jacket and trousers. The result was the ‘Ursula Suit’ which became standard issue for all in the Submarine service.“
Sarah Lawrenson, Head of Womenswear at Barbour said “We are delighted to be working with Christopher Ræburn. When he came up to see the Barbour archives, he was immediately attracted to the story of the Ursula suit. Together, we have created a collection which not only captures the essence of Barbour’s military heritage but also reflects the signature handwriting of both brands. The use of tartan and Christopher’s signature snow spot are cleverly interwoven to create unique and striking designs.”
Christopher added: “Working with Barbour and particularly on womenswear has been a real honour. It’s a brand with so much heritage that appealed to me due to its inherent function but I’m proud of the fun, feminine collection that we’ve been able to achieve through the collaboration.”
We are pleased to continue our collaboration with The Woolmark Company, working with Cool Wool once again on a range of garments throughout our SS15 MERIDIAN menswear collection. We’re proudly working with many of the best stores throughout the world; naturally the weather is remarkably different in each territory and Cool Wool works for all of them.
Discover more about our use of Cool Wool and the inspirations behind our Spring / Summer collection below -
It's our fifth birthday! Get yourself down to Liberty London to see our five year retrospective. We've selected one outfit from each of our past ten menswear collections that best represents all things Christopher Ræburn.
We are extremely pleased to have won the Menswear Brand Award at Thursday night's UK Fashion and Textiles UKFT Awards! Huge thanks to everyone for their congratulations, kind words and ongoing support!
Read about the evening, including the full list of nominees and winners, at the UK Fashion and Textiles website:
We are incredibly pleased to have been nominated in the Menswear Brand category for this year’s UKFT Awards. The UKFT have been tireless supporters of Christopher Ræburn. We are very proud of our commitment to and ongoing investment in UK fashion and textile manufacturing and it’s great to have this commitment and our development as a business recognised.
Read more about the UKFT's work and the awards ceremony here.
Photo credit: Dan Sims, BFC