The Guardian: Sustainability Shines at Christopher Raeburn’s 10th Anniversary Show at London Fashion Week

As Scarlett Conlon describes in an article for the Guardian, RCA Fashion Menswear alumni Christopher Raeburn is ‘to the menswear fashion industry what Stella McCartney is to womenswear – the leading advocate of sustainability and responsibly sourced style.’

Since graduating from Fashion Menswear at the RCA Raeburn has placed the ethos ‘remade, reduced, recycled’ at the centre of his brand. From kites to vintage parachutes, used fabrics have helped define Raeburn’s unique utilitarian streetware – and for his latest collection he takes this a step further with Puffa jackets filled with insulation made from repurposed studio off-cuts. 

Discussing his approach to sustainability in the article, Raeburn states:  ‘I’ve always approached my business from a design-led perspective first. Our obligation as a company and for me as a designer is to make sure I’m embedding good design with really considered choices around the way the materials are made, who’s making them, where that item is made and what happens to it afterwards. If you’ve ticked those boxes and something is fully recycled and recyclable, it becomes unquestionable.’ In 2016 Raeburn was named breakthrough designer at the GQ Men of The Year awards and he has collaborated with brands including Eastpak, Umbro and Timberland – demonstrating that sustainability and success go hand in hand.

Read the full article here.


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Sustainable fashion is a core interest of RCA Fashion research and the College’s Burberry Material Futures Research Group the first explicit ‘STEAM’ research initiative at an art and design university, which was announced in 2017 following an award of £3 million from the Burberry Foundation. The Group will apply radical thinking to invent new sustainable materials, transform consumer experience and advance manufacturing to benefit the whole industry and wider community.