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R13

Designer Chris Leba’s love for easy to wear, timeless and authentic classics is the core aesthetic of R13. The label creates destroyed luxury denim with an old-school tough-girl touch.

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About the designer


During a career of 19 years at Ralph Lauren, Chris Leba started R13 as a creative outlet of his personal vision of fashion in 2009. At the time, he worked for both Ralph Lauren and R13 at the same time. During that period, the creative designer of R13 chose to be anonymous. It was not until he resigned from Ralph Lauren and fully focused on his own brand that he felt like he could lift his collections to another level. The idea of launching his own brand arose during a road trip through Italy when he found a manufacturer who could emerge his design ideas. Chris Leba focuses on his honest thoughts on fashion rather than answering to a customer's demand.

Collection autumn/winter 2017

The grunge look is an all-time reference for designer Chris Leba who took a new turn for his autumn/winter season with some various streetwear influence. Dainty flower print slip dresses were styled over backwards-worn white poplin shirts. Balancing the perfect fuse between the masculine-feminine wardrobe, Leba paired short high-low skirts in denim or checked wool with boxy jackets, defined by a cinched waist emphasising the statement shoulders. His signature distressed denim was alternated by tailored kick flare trousers featured in smooth leather, pinstripe and Prince of Wales-patterned wool. Ultra-oversized shearling jackets, double-breasted coats and printed sweatshirts allowed the ideal upcoming seasonal layering.