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From there to Here: Christopher Raeburn, fashion designer

In the first of a series of articles introducing the speakers at It’s Nice That’s annual symposium, Here 2017, we speak to fashion designer Christopher Raeburn. We asked London-based Christopher to share a piece of work created at the outset of his career, and a more recent project, while reflecting on how he’s progressed between the two.

Christopher Raeburn is a fashion designer who has brought sustainable design to mainstream fashion with garments that combine luxury with integrity. He creates daring designs that rethink traditional utilitarian garments, and is at the forefront of the British fashion scene.

He has worked on collaborations with Barbour, Victorinox fashion and Rapha and developed an app with Nike. He has won countless awards for his menswear collections and his brand is stocked in stores the world over.

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British Battledress Smock
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What is the work? Why was it created?
This was my first year menswear university project constructed from original 1950s British battledress jackets. It is lined with breathable bivouac bags.

What did you learn while doing it?
Our REMADE and sustainable innovative design approach all came out through this one experiment. It was also our first venture into retail, as due to popular demand, we produced a limited run for friends and early followers of the brand.

What do you think of it now?
I’m exceptionally proud of it and have fond memories of wearing it for ten years. The piece lives in our archive and is the initial concept that led to the brand values and ethos.

How does it relate to your current work?
My fascination with military materials and utilitarian clothing has naturally led to the REMADE philosophy. This one piece helped to define our brand and ethos.

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Remade Utility Field Jacket
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What is the work? Why was it created?
This elevated remade product was created to showcase our entire philosophy. Constructed from original bomb disposal uniforms, it was made in our studio in Hackney in highly limited numbers.

What would you tell your younger self about this work?
Keen finding good ideas and keep focused. Hard work pays off!

Alongside Christopher, this year’s speakers include artist Ryan Gander, photographer Juno Calypso, graphic design agency Triboro, illustrator James Jarvis and artist (and one of It’s Nice That’s Ones to Watch 2017), Marguerite Humeau.

Keep your eyes peeled for further announcements about the event over the coming weeks.

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