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. Made in England, Rapha & Ræburn 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 Ræburn'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 exterior label on the lower back.
This fascinating short film takes us to the Cooper & Stollbrand factory, one of the oldest outerwear manufactures in England, where the limited Rapha & Ræburn 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