Christopher Raeburn: The Brit vibe is vital
Christopher Raeburn will always keep the "Britishness" of his brand.
The designer heads up a label under his own name and is also creative director of Victorinox. He spends a lot of time in New York on business, but the English fashion star won't let too much of the city's culture bleed into his namesake brand.
"I think the Britishness is very important for my own label, a lot of what we do focuses around the fabric, manufacturing. I would never say never, but I think the idea of remade in England is key," he explained to WWD.
But Christopher does make the most of his time in the Big Apple, insisting her has more opportunities to visit galleries there than in London. Often he finds they'll inspire his work.
"I had the chance to escape New York and go to the Dia:Beacon; beautiful," he gushed. "Again, when I think about my philosophy as a designer and this idea of remaking and reusing, I love that Dia is an old biscuit factory, you would never know everything has been completely reappropriated, there are so many different textures and quality and craft."
Christopher likes to recycle things, so it stands to reason that he enjoys a good rummage through a flea market. The designer has visited shops all over the world to dig up treasure.
"I enjoy that sort of archaeology of finding things; one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold. Over the years I’ve collected everything from beautiful books, specific military items, metal safety pins used in laundry bags, all of these things that are back at my desk in the UK," he revealed.