For his own label, Christopher Raeburn, a 32-year-old British designer, makes creative use of vintage military fabrics and parachutes.
“What we do each season is deconstruct and rework original military garments,” he says. “Our customers are looking for a story for their garments. They are looking for provenance, looking for quality, for a uniqueness. You are not going to see Christopher Raeburn in every store in the world.”
After graduating from the Royal College of Art, in 2006, he spent almost three years working as a pattern cutter. During that time, he set up his studio, creating his first eight-piece collection, all made from a decommissioned military parachute.
His longest ongoing collaboration is with Victorinox, for which he serves as artistic director for the fashion division. In addition, he has worked with Moncler, Fred Perry, and Barbour. An avid cyclist, Raeburn has also collaborated with his brother Graeme, the lead designer at Rapha.
Everything he makes under the Christopher Raeburn name comes in a limited edition. “We do a maximum of fifty pieces,” he says. “This is really a label of love.”