Launch 2020 at Nike HQ


At Christopher Ræburn 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.



Christopher Ræburn shortlisted for UK FT Designer Business of the Year Award


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! 

Read more about the awards at on the UK FT Awards Tumblr

Christopher Ræburn for Rapha


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!

London men collections launch


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 Ræburn 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 Ræburn & Jason Griffiths (TOPMAN) — Photo Credit BFC

Special customisation project for Fred Perry 60 Years anniversary


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 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 Ræburn. A fantastic start of 2013!

Welsh 3000's for Cancer Research - An account from Christopher



Hello everybody,


As promised here is an update on our successful attempt at the Welsh 3000s. To recap briefly, the mission was simple: there are 15 mountains above 3000ft in Northern Wales,  we had to get up and down all fifteen within 24 hours over an approximate distance of 50km - not an easy task it turns out…


So, on Thursday we trekked up to the summit of Snowdon in preparation for the day ahead. We were blessed with an incredible sunset and some blissfully calm weather as we hunkered down for the night.  It’s something of a tradition to sleep on top of Snowdon so that you’re in good shape for the start as the dawn breaks and we were no different, but I think we can all say it wasn’t the best nights sleep imaginable. However, we were up and ready at 4.00am and that’s our first photo on top of Snowdon.


Luckily the weather held for us and we’d soon made our second summit of Garnedd Ugain. What followed was quite frankly spectacular. The ascent of Crib Goch is probably the most dangerous part of the entire challenge - sharp rocks and even sharper drops greeted us in equal measure as the sun really started to bask us in an early glow. It soon became obviously that this truly was going to be a much greater challenge than last years 3 Peaks… Naturally this merely stiffened our resolve as we began the descent from Crib Goch. Things got tricky on the way down as the scree slopes and more sharp rocks threw up some nasty surprises, but we quickly made it off the high peaks and into more comfortable terrain. Unfortunately it was at this point that our team of four became three as Lee took a tumble and had to airlifted out by Mountain Rescue. We were well prepared and the professionalism of both the Royal Air Force and Llanberis Mountain Rescue team was exceptional; they are a remarkable volunteer organisation and we will naturally be donating to what is a truly invaluable service.  So, after a three-hour delay (and importantly with Lee’s blessing) we made the decision to continue.


Elidir Fawr had been described by the mountain rescue team as “Straight up and no rest” and they weren’t wrong; a tough old slog in blistering sunshine for well over an hour took us to the top of our fourth summit. A quick descent and more splendid views took us around the valley to Y Garn and our fifth summit (one third of the way). The high ridges of Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach were next on the list as the legs really started to ache, before another steep scree slope took us to the base of Tryfan and our half-way point. Tryfan had it own nice surprises (more rocks) and actually proved more difficult to get down than up as we descended right the way to 300m.


Pen Yr Ole Wen was our next nemesis as the sun began to go down; we’d walked through the heat of the day and were keen to make it to the peak of the next mountain before we were forced to just work with head torches… Pen Yr Ole Wen didn’t let us down in the difficulty stakes but we made it to the top (I suspect via a slightly unconventional route) as night fell.  Now, suffice to say that the next few were tricky as darkness made navigation difficult and the addition of mist kept things interesting! We were down to the good old fashion map and compass technique for a while but knew that if we kept level heads time was on our side. Carnedd Dafydd, Yr Elen and Carnedd Llewleyn were all ticked off as we stayed at high altitude.


As the wind picked up and the hours passed we made it on to Foel Grach (and the temporary refuge of the emergency shelter for a bite to eat out of the elements) before pulling ourselves together for the final push. After the last thirteen peaks the gentle approaches of Carnedd Gwenllian and Foel-Fras provided a welcome relief and a final picture. We completed the challenge in 23 hours and 50 minutes - taking into account the 3 hour emergency it means we were all done with a little over three hours to spare.


Now, for anybody thinking of having a go then a) good luck, and b) watch out for the final slog.  In fact the final trig point at Foel-Fras was far from the end, we still had a 3-4 miles trek to get down and off the mountain. As exhaustion worked it’s way through our small group this was easier said than done – it took well over two hours when under normal circumstances we’d have been looking at half the time.


So, a successful challenge – at least 50km walked in the 24 hours and well over 3500m of climbing done. We learnt a lot about ourselves and owe a debt of gratitude to the Mountain Rescue team and Royal Air Force. However, aside from a desire to get out and about and stretch ourselves, our real challenge was to earn a bit of cash for Cancer Research. It’s an amazing charity you can read a lot more here:


We’re still trying to meet our target and would be really grateful if you’re able to help with a donation here:


Thank you for reading and I hope you can help a little,