Today marks the launch of Nigel Cabourn for Converse First String footwear collection, which features the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey and the all-new Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty Plimsole. The UK-based designer is known for his infusion of military fabrics into his work, and that’s precisely what he’s done here with the First String collection. Cabourn examined Converse’s rich American heritage of boots and sneakers for the outdoors and the military and aligned the classic Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey with WWII flight suit fabric uppers in military-inspired navy and olive green colors.
Nigel Cabourn and Eddie Bauer have teamed up once again, this time bringing us more inspiration from Eddie Bauer’s historical archives. The American brand has an immense warehouse of designs and Mr. Cabourn was able to swift through to find some amazing fabrics and classic designs that we’re really glad to see come to fruition. Beyond the archives, the collection is also inspired by vintage hunting and fishing styles, something that’s quite prevalent throughout the offerings. Quilted coats, waxed cotton vests with fur lined detachable hoods, and down filled parkas are all designed and constructed with the uncompromising quality that has become synonymous with the Nigel Cabourn brand (consider that the down filled parkas are stuffed by hand and require more than five hours of production work to complete each garment). Winter, here we come. The pieces are available now at Roden Gray. More shots below.
For his new Spring/Summer 2012 collection, British designer Nigel Cabourn joined Viberg to reinvision the Service Boot, one of the great classics of the Canadian brand. It features a reverse leather shell with a heavily distressed look throughout the cap toe and sides of the upper. It’s a great look and one that adds to the already versatile silhouette of the Service Boot. The pair will soon be available exclusively at Barneys in the US. (via Glltn)
Nigel Cabourn collaboration with Eddie Bauer for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 seasons was one of the most sought-after collections from this past January’s Pitti Uomo. The collaboration pieces have been designed alongside Cabourn, drawing on their archive classics and produced in Canada using the techniques and experience used back in the day.
The final product is very limited but we’ve sighted the first batch in the form of EB’s Canadian vest at Superdenim. Available in both an orange check and olive, the Canadian vest is based on a military design. The olive shell features a lightly waxed cotton outer that’s hand filled with goose down and packed tight to give amazing insulation and quality finishing with Tweed details and a Coyote fur collar to finish things off. The orange check comes with a Harris Tweed outer and cotton quilted inner with fine details like the calf skin shoulder yolk and a Coyote fur collar similar to that of the olive shell to complete the piece.
Nigel Cabourn’s Everest jacket takes inspiration from the expeditions of climber Edmund Hillary and his climb of Mount Everest back in 1953. The parka’s made in Yorkshire and filled with goose down while the body is made from waterproof breathable Ventile fabric. It also features fur lining around the hood and button front closure for added insulation. The navy finish shown above is exclusive to Superdenim and available now.
FREE/MAN turns us to Nigel Cabourn’s upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 collection, presented here in the form of this short film. UK Photographer Anna Victoria Best was behind the lens. “The track is not exactly what I would have expected upon pushing play, but its a nice juxtaposition between the vintage/military inspired collection and the easy going lifestyle vibe you pick up from the tune.”
Last year, Nigel Cabourn invited the folks from Tenue de Nimes out to New Castle for a look at the designer’s Spring 2011 collection. The discussion was deep and covered many topics including Cabourn’s search for old designs, materials and fabrics. The hunt led him to this season’s theme: The Submarine. The video below gives us some insight into how the designer created a naval season with a true Cabourn touch.
The Nigel Cabourn for Eddie Bauer collection for Fall 2011 was one of the biggest hits from this January’s Bread & Butter tradeshow in Berlin and with good reason. The product looks flawles. “What we’re looking at is strong, highly tailored and developed outerwear from the Seattle staple brand.” Word’s even getting out that this collection may be available stateside. Fingers crossed, folks. (via Selectism)
From Nigel Cabourn comes the label’s hooded Surface jacket in yellow 6 oz. oil cloth. Standout features include a 2-way riri zip and press stud stormflap topped off with a high neck buckle fastening throat tab. Nigel’s known for his detailed and extremely functional garments and this jacket’s no different. It’s fitted with an adjustable drawstring hood as well as an adjustable waist with removable belt, furthering the jacket’s flexibility and versatility.
SS11 gear is beginning to roll into stockists worldwide and End Clothing just got a hold of this Nigel Cabourn piece which happens to be exclusively available at the UK retailer. The Aircraft Jacket draws influence from aviation design, made to withstand the elements while providing maximum comfort. “This End Hunting Co. exclusive is a novel reworking of this brilliant jacket. Made from beeswaxed coated cotton based on classic English shirting, making for a jacket that is durable and striking.”
The jacket is a perfect Spring/Summer jacket as it’s lightweight but fully waterproof. The Aircraft Jacket is available exclusively through End Clothing in four different finishes — Blue Oxford, Black Oxford, Blue Gingham Check, and Blue Windowpane Check. This will definitely be a rare find so once it’s gone, folks, it’s gone.