After spotting Christopher Raeburn's designs at Estethica in February we marked him down as one of TreeHugger's top fashion tips for 2009. Raeburn's jackets made from redeployed military fabrics are perfect urban chic with a unique style and fantastic design detailing. In one understated fell swoop he has raised the game of ethical fashion design. Today we are delighted to see that the Guardian has featured Christopher's work. Click through to find out what Christopher has to say about his designs...Having won an Innovation Award from the Ethical Fashion Forum, and a place to show at Estethica, Raeburn's work has reached a new audience and he is consequently in high demand. He has collaborated with meanswear designer Tim Soar and is now also designing accessories for another top ethical brand Worn Again...it looks like his star is definitely in the ascendant.
On showing at Estethica
"I graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2006, and won the competition in December 2008, in the first year that I'd set up my own studio, so by this February I was exhibiting my first collection at London fashion week. I showed a set of eight parachute pieces, which were also replicated in heavy wool. Being seen on that stage allowed me to be seen in a more serious light. The Ethical Fashion Forum has helped me post-show, too, with advice on setting my business goals."
We particularly like Christopher's approach to ethical fashion, that the eco-aspects are inherently built in to his production model through creativity, not tacked on as an after thought. Yet still, it's his design talent that first grabs your attention not the ethics - just the way it should be we say!
On Good Design
"My stuff is about good design, produced in England. It's a very happy accident that it's also ethical. I didn't set out with that as the primary goal; it came out of my creative work, and of wanting to use this particular fabric. But the clothes are well made and will last, so as well as the recycled aspect, there's something inherently ethical about them. I definitely have a different outlook from those people working to develop new organic cotton or hemp material. For me it's about reappropriation."
Read the full Guardian interview by Fiona Sibley at guardian.co.uk.
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