Down jackets and sleeping bags made of old wind jackets made of fabrics from parachutes. British designer Christopher Raeburn has with their unconventional approach and its enormous ingenuity has been appointed to one of the UK’s top design promises. Recently, it was Sweden-premiere Raeburns collection with Swiss Victorinox, Remade in Switzerland.
Two years after graduating from London’s Royal College of Art launchedChristopher Raeburn 2008 her own brand. Raeburn quickly became noted for his unconventional style and, not least, the odd way of working. The starting point of the collection is old military garments are picked apart and then sewn into modern clothing in Raeburns studio in East London.The sense of detail and cut has led to numerous awards and attracted prestige retailers such as Harvey Nichols in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan as well as Beams in Japan.
-I started to collect on old militiärplagg and discovered that the fabrics they were manufactured in is no longer possible to obtain. Fabrics for military purposes is often completely waterproof, breathable and also extremely durable, says Christopher Raeburn.
Why did you choose this particular military garments?
-It is interesting about old military garments and fabrics are made from an exclusively functional perspective, but is also aesthetically very exciting. I always try to retain many original features, but at the same time, it is important that all have a role even today and that the fit feels modern. Looking for old military garments are often themselves fit catastrophic.
There is no risk that it becomes a gimmick to use recycled materials?
-For me it’s not so much that it’s just recycled materials. I like just plain feel of the fabrics that are closest to the almost indestructible. For my own collection, I have started using newly produced material, but I would at the same time to keep a life.