Rapha

Rapha

Christopher Ræburn has teamed up with his brother Graeme at Rapha cycle-wear to produce a limited edition capsule collection with an innovative approach to city riding. Rapha are known for their emphasis on quality and functionality, as well as outstanding design.

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.

"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 its individual production number on the exterior label on the lower back.

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© Christopher RÆBURN 2017