Sustainability in high end fashion shouldn’t just be another trend.
With this recent surge of designers looking to create more sustainable lines within their collections it’s hard not to be slightly cynical that, as is the nature of fashion, it’s just a fad and once the David Attenborough documentary, has faded from consumers minds, so too will the efforts of designers to be more mindful.
(To be fair though I am by nature a cynic; I am cynical about everything and regularly have to check myself to ensure I’m not over doing it and about to be abandoned by my friends.)
Exploring the world of Christopher Raeburn
One designer I am not cynical about in this way however is Christopher Raeburn. Raeburn has always been on my radar since my days on an art foundation course, frantically photocopying fashion book after fashion book to fill my mandatory inspiration journals and sketchbooks.
Anyway, fast forward to last week when I got the news at work that my boss (and friend) had a meeting with him to discuss a project, when she saw my reaction to the news she pretty much made my year by inviting me along as well.
So if you don’t know his name, I’ll give you a brief intro;
Christopher is a British fashion designer, originally from Kent he graduated from the RCA in 2006. Since then he’s been producing men’s and women’s collections usually using re-purposed military garments and materials. His work is heavily based around the 3 R’s ; Reduce, Remake, Recycle and all of his colelctions are made in Britain, most in his East London studio. He collaborates with a lot of other brands such as, Eastpak, Disney, Clarks and Palladium.
Basically, he (and his team) have been bringing sustainability to high end fashion from the beginning. And not only that have been unwaveringly consistent with it.
One of the most interesting parts about Raeburns work is how they use military grade fabrics and surplus stock to create new garments, it feels authentic to them and they do it incredibly well. When other (main stream) designers do this it can feel gimmicky. Especially if it’s just a one time thing, or around a period of time where sustainability is trending.
These garments above are made from original 1950’s silk maps, actual original maps, not re-printed, actual maps! The silk is beautiful, weighty and strong but with a beautiful flow.
So before you think ‘yeah yeah lucky you, getting to meet him and visit his studio…’ YOU CAN TOO! With Air b’n’b experiences Christopher is opening up his studio to give guided tours and a chance to design a T-shirt, I think it’s £40 p/p – find out more here.
This wasn’t a sponsored post in any way (Lol i’m totally not at that level) but I just felt incredibly inspired and refreshed afterwards and would recommend taking a closer look at his collections and work and what they are all about!
*Image disclaimer : all images used in my collages are from https://www.christopherraeburn.co.uk