Conclusively, this is an accessory for your travelling journey,’ Emphasized by Christopher Raeburn regarding his latest collaboration with Aesop. It features a portable product pouch called the Adventurer Roll-Up. Lockdowns in the UK created an entirely new environment, from Raeburn’s relatively quiet Lab plus the new ‘adventure’ that took a new meaning.
“Having an adventure when there’s nowhere to go might seem like an oxymoron but Raeburn is used to making something out of nothing. Raeburn was a pioneer of sustainable fashion long before it was fashionable, championing a ‘remake, reduce, recycle’ ethos that saw disused military parachutes, dinghies, and other fabrics repurposed into streetwear. His ‘Raefound’ collection last year took the philosophy one step further, by creating nothing new at all and instead relabelling pre-existing military surplus items.”– Mary Clearer
“The pouch comes in three variations. The first is a limited-edition run of 300 roll-ups made out of 1960s aeronautical navigation maps. ‘They were used by the Royal Air Force and we have them for all different parts of the world,’ explains Reaburn about the maps used for the project.”
As one of Raeburn and Aesop’s top priority, they both support sustainability, thus offering a fully vegan product range of skin, hair, and body care in reusable and recyclable packaging.This collaboration encouraged them to redesign a portable pouch to accommodate Aesop’s hand care products in three variations.
The highlight of these pieces are the very initiative it has per area of the environment. According to Aesop’s description, they covered Borneo, and Aral Sea.
“But what’s really significant about them is that they all [depict] areas of environmental concern. So, we’ve got one which is of Borneo (an island in Southeast Asia) which, unfortunately, is an area of real deforestation. And we have one based around the Aral Sea (a lake between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) where the local cotton manufacturing has meant that the water has been completely depleted. These maps were made 70 years ago and if you look at the Goggle maps for these places now, they’re completely different.’See Also
All these are available at any Aesop store. They also made a DIY version for the roll-up sleeve just if customers want it to personalize even more; the pattern is freely available for download at Aesop’s website, together with a how-to video offering additional tips for creating a piece for yourself.
‘I think that’s what’s really exciting to me is that, if we can keep things simple and work towards three streams – making things that are remade, that are then infinitely repairable, and that are natural and can go back into the earth – if you keep things in those three areas you immediately have a really good opportunity to make the right decisions upstream, to ensure that whatever happens downstream, you’re going to be able to manage that product lifecycle. And I think that’s really key [for a sustainable future].’ – – Mary Clearer