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Thursday 16th June 2022

In Conversation With Christopher Raeburn

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Christopher Raeburn recognised for his pioneering work in sustainable fashion design, has brought responsible design to a global audience and presents a new definition of luxury with integrity. The RÆMADE ethos in particular has pioneered the reworking of surplus fabrics and garments to create innovative and functional pieces.

“It is Mr. Ræburn’s clear vision of clothes that protect man and the planet that make him an original and exceptional designer”

— Suzy Menkes

In our session with Christopher, we will hear about how design can work with and encourage good practice in sustainability. Live from the Raeburn Studio, Christopher will talk us through the manufacturing ethos that has led to collaborations with international brands such as The North Face, Timberland, Finisterre, the V&A and more.

Looking to the future, Christopher will share his thoughts on making sustainability core to a business and will be open for audience discussion.

“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” — Christopher Raeburn, Creative Director

Chair

    Joan Johnston
    Joan

    Joan Johnston has over 20 years’ experience working with global luxury brands in senior creative and commercial roles. From creative design and board director, to business owner and university programme leader, Joan’s wealth of knowledge and expertise encompasses concept development through the design process, to high end client-centred promotion online and service delivery. Most recently Joan has developed an innovative sustainable bedding range using the by-product of the cashmere industry, launched under premium brand Ava Innes.

    Joan is the Fashion, Craft and Textile Specialist for XpoNorth.

Speakers

    Christopher Raeburn

    Christopher Raeburn is a graduate of London’s prestigious Royal College of Art whose pioneering work has brought responsible design to a global audience and presents a new definition of luxury with integrity. Founded in 2009, the RÆMADE ethos in particular has pioneered the reworking of surplus fabrics and garments to create innovative and functional pieces. Alongside this, a highly collaborative spirit informs elevated, handcrafted and award-winning products with distinct utilitarian value and purpose. This innovative approach, with an unusual balance of high concept, accessibility and wearability, is applied to menswear, womenswear, luggage and accessories. RÆBURN’s DNA is infused with collaborative partnerships, each carefully considered in order to improve knowledge and uptake of responsible practices across sectors. Over the past 10+ years, RÆBURN has secured connections with the likes of Moncler, The North Face, Umbro, Rapha, Aesop and many more. To complement this, Christopher has enjoyed an extended partnership with Timberland and is today seen as their ‘Collaborator at Large’, continuing to fly the flag for The Earthkeepers® by RÆBURN collection

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