Fashion and the military have a long-standing relationship, despite being unlikely bedfellows, designers have taken inspiration from every area of the armed forces. London based Royal College of Art graduate Christopher Raeburn takes this influence and turns it on it’s head; rather than seeking inspiration from the styles and shapes of military uniforms, he takes end of line military textiles and redeploys them in beautifully crafted men’s and women’s outerwear. His signature is parachute fabrics which form the basis of his collections.
All Raeburn garments are made in London, in a unit that Christopher set up himself, where he also does small run production and sampling for other luxury fashion brands. Every garment is finished to perfection and Raeburn pride themselves on the quality and durability of their products. It’s this attention to detail that has led to Raeburn menswear A/W 09 being stocked exclusively at Liberty as well as his A/W 09 collaboration with fellow menswear designer Tim Soar being stocked at B store.
Although Christopher makes sustainability a priority for his brand, he says that he simply sees his approach as “making the most sense”; he gets to work with fabrics that he loves and saves them from sitting in a stock room for months and then eventually making their way to landfill. His combination of imaginative flair and grounded practicality will see this brand go far.
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