It's like a match made in Heaven: Christopher Raeburn—the celebrated British designer known for his sustainable approach to design as encompassed by his mantra of 'Remade, Reduced, Recycled'—collaborating with outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland; itself, a long-time champion of environmental responsibility.
The partnership kicked off last year with a autumn/winter 2018 capsule collection and, as a result of the natural synergy and success of the collaboration (the boot that was part of the runway drop was so popular that Timberland has now created a new version for the Asian market scheduled to hit stores this July), the parties have decided to make their union official. That's right, the parties are now 'fashion married'. That is, Raeburn has been appointed as Timberland's Global Creative Director.
Coinciding with the 10th year anniversary of his eponymous label, Raeburn unveiled the second progeny of the Timberland x Raeburn collaboration at London Fashion Week Men's as a capsule of his own autumn/winter 2019 collection—refer to looks nine to 14 in the gallery above as identified by the 'Timberland x Raeburn' logo slathered across sleeves, parkas and trousers.
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10-word review: Sustainable fashion meets functional streetwear via patchwork neon orange parachutes.
Favourite look: Did you know that Raeburn kicked off his label 10 years ago with outerwear remade from recycled military parachutes? Ripper. Which is rather fitting because our favourite look from this anniversary collection is the iconic Timberland Weatherbreaker Jacket reimagined as a patchwork of decommissioned British military parachutes (look 9), paired with matching track pants, and both accented by the trend du jour: punchy neon orange. Cautionary colours continue their runway reign. Perfect for the attention-seeking city slicker that values form over function; or indeed, the country hiker that seeks function as much as form. Winner all 'round.
Favourite accessory: Depends who's asking. For those living in a country with bona fide seasons (and therefore, bona fide winter), we appreciate the eco-conscious value of those transparent puffer snoods in looks 27 and 28 that have been made from deadstock nylon parachutes and filled with shredded off-cuts from the collection (talk about zero waste). But for the Singapore man enjoying a year-long clime of 33 degrees and 90 percent humidity, we're advocating the black mid-rise Timberland boots (used throughout the collection) made from a combination of recycled PET, Timberland's proprietary ReBotl material, and organic cotton (set to launch in October 2019 at select locations).
Runway images by Chris Yates