• Text Cristian Burbano
  • Photography Ariel Chan
  • 7th January 2019

New label, same ethos

Marking ten years in the game, Christopher Raeburn’s eponymous label has gone through a slight rebrand, now simply going by Raeburn. The first season under this new label, FW19 saw the London designer continue his journey into ethical fashion: his past collections have explored themes ranging from climate change to plastic waste, with his mantra of ‘remade, reduced, recycled’ realised as fabrics recycled and repurposed into innovative new garments.

Here, transit blankets made from multi-layered recycled wool were reworked into reversible jackets and parkas, fabric cut-offs from the brand’s London studio shredded and repurposed as puffer jacket filling and scrap fabric was woven with recycled yarn and cashmere for chunky jumpers and knitwear – 100% zero waste.

The collection also marked Raeburn’s first since his appointment as Global Creative Director at Timberland last October, therefore it made sense that there was a sophomore capsule collaboration between the two brands. Following on from last season’s launch, this time the collab expanded into garments, footwear and accessories – a highlight being the classic Timberland Weatherbreaker jacket reimagined in recycled military parachute fabric.  As with every Raeburn season we were also introduced to a new mascot, this season it was the pangolin, an armadillo-like animal native to parts of Africa and Asia; sadly listed as Critically Endangered due to its scales being trafficked for Chinese medicine and luxury fashion goods.