This season Christopher Raeburn has drawn inspiration from the haunting exhibition by Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson 'The Last Days of the Arctic', documenting a disappearing world of craft, culture and community.
The resourcefulness and stoicism of the men and women captured in Axelsson's images and their ability to endure and survive in the harshest of conditions, resonated with Raeburn's ongoing interest in protection and preparation.
Style, function and meticulously referenced detail remain paramount in the collection; heavy outerwear is layered with knitwear and lighter garments, offering protection against the harsh elements.
"There are different layers in the collection," comments Raeburn. "We've developed layering knitwear pieces, Merino base layers, and outerwear with long-term wool manufacturing partner Hainsworth in Yorkshire … they do all the ceremonial cloth for the British military."
This season also sees the launch of knitwear made in England. The lighter instarsia knits, feature a playful take on the season’s animal mascot, the polar bear; whilst heavier block colour sweaters complete this exciting new aspect of the Raeburn offer.
The knitwear also marks the continuation of an ongoing partnership with The Woolmark Company; hybrid and 100 per cent Merino wool garments developed for Spring Summer 2014 have been evolved and perfected for the new winter season.