Swiss company Victorinox started a collaboration with UK designer Christopher Ræburn. The graduate of the Royal College of Art utilizes re-appropriated military stocks of uniform and parachute fabrics to create functional and meticulously crafted garments. Because of his attention to detail, Victorinox caught an eye on him. They hired the British designer to create a ‘Remade in England’ capsule collection for f/w 2011. He created a choice of eight items, each to be produced in a limited edition of 100 pieces.  

Ræburn first visited the factory of Victorinox in Ibach, Switzerland, to get some inspiration, impressions and fabrics for his collection. He returned to his London-based studio equipped with samples of the stock out of military surplus, and began the process of deconstruction. “The project is a fantastic opportunity to align the innovation and individuality of the Christopher Ræburn brand with the heritage and quality of Victorinox”, Ræburn said. “Built to last, the resulting garments constructed from re-appropriated Swiss military fabrics are a celebration of craft and reaction to the fashion.” Apart from apparel, the designer created a new version of the original Swiss Army Knife, for which the company is famous for. His inspiration was a box of horseshoe nails which became also symbol for the project and were used as an inspiration for graphic treatments in the collection.