Since 2009 RÆBURN has been synonymous with repurposing unexpected and rare materials into unique, desirable and wearable products.
Autumn/Winter 2020 sees RÆBURN once again pioneering responsible and intelligent fashion design via the reworking of surplus fabrics and garments and collaboration. Carcass is a new radical extension to the RÆBURN concept. Every last scrap of the original garment is used in its entirety, adding nothing new but branded labels and thread.
I think as a designer you have an obligation to consider what you are doing and why; ultimately, we want to make strong, responsible choices that provide our customers with a completely unique and desirable product
The first CARCASS exploration sees the deconstruction of an original 1960s survival-orange US Air Force flying coverall, before intelligently reconstructing three new products: an over-shirt, attaché case and wallet—all lovingly hand crafted at the RÆBURN Lab, East London (which was previously home to the Burberry Textile factory).
Other highlights of the collection include garments and accessories made from Anti-G trousers worn by fighter pilots, which have been blended with waterproof bivouac sacks used by the British military. Garments feature exaggerated funnel necks inspired by Arctic survival garments that protect the wearer’s face from the elements, as well as multiple pocket concepts that provide functionality, practicality and on-body storage solutions repurposed from the original Anti-G detailing, and also see the re-use of Riri zippers, original rib detailing and zig-zag stitch detailing.
The continued use of original military parachutes, signature to the brand since inception, through the PARÆSUIT and Air-Brake, which has this season been dyed in RÆBURN Orange taking inspiration from the Cold Weather Flight Suit used in CARCASS . The collection features 100% certified organic cotton and 100% certified recycled polyester across both rip-stop and cotton feel qualities and also sees the commitment to responsible design go one step further with the use of organic and ⁄ or recycled neck tapes and grosgrain detailing.
Collaboration has always been at the heart of the RÆBURN philosophy, and for AW20, RÆBURN have worked with award-winning Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson (“Rax”). For over 40 years Rax has been photographing the people, animals and landscape of the most remote regions of the Arctic, including Iceland, Siberia and Greenland. In hauntingly beautiful images, he captures the elemental, human experience of nature at the edge of the liveable world, making visible the extraordinary relationships between the people of the Arctic and their extreme environment—relationships now being altered in profound and complex ways by the unprecedented changes in climate.
RÆBURN has used original full colour images captured by Rax throughout the collection. Haunting images of fragmented glaciers stand as future relics; these impactful prints bear witness to the immediate and direct threat of global warming whilst also acting as a celebration of the natural beauty of the Arctic.
We don’t talk about Sustainability, we talk about our responsibility and obligation to make better choices
The RÆBURN RÆMADE philosophy has its origins in the fascination with military materials and utilitarian clothing. Established in 2009, Christopher’s never-ending ‘archaeological’ discoveries led to his first full collection (AW10 PREPARE) using de-commissioned military stock to create limited edition outerwear for both men and women.
Every decision made by the business is underpinned by the 4 R’s;
RÆMADE, RÆDUCED, RÆCYCLED and RÆBURN
From wool field jackets to nylon parachute canopies, each RÆMADE style is produced by meticulously deconstructing the original and reworking the materials into unique and ethical garments. Free lifetime repairs are offered, RÆMADE and Standard Issue products are never put on sale, and 1% For The Planet.
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