As autumn rolls around and the mercury plummets, the trappings and trimmings of summer are swapped for the reliable and the homely. Salads make way for hearty soups, light cotton is replaced with thick wool. Somewhere amongst all this, is the roll neck jumper.
Whilst home in Newcastle last week, Nigel Cabourn took time out from designing upcoming collections, riding his bike and hoarding rare vintage gear to pick out a few choice items from the current AW20 range.
From cardigans to roll-necks, knitwear has long been a crucial part of the Nigel Cabourn range. All made in Scotland from the highest quality British wool, each jumper in the Authentic collection is built with function firmly in mind, and is perfectly suited for the colder months ahead.
Nigel Cabourn has worked with contemporary design brand Closed on an extensive collection of men and women’s clothing heavily inspired by vintage naval design. From reversible sheepskin jackets to oversized sweatshirts, each piece combines Nigel’s love of authentic detailing with Closed’s penchant for relaxed, casual clothing.
Emilie Casiez is the designer behind the Nigel Cabourn women’s range. Combining a keen eye for detail with a passion for vintage clothing with a story to tell, her designs bring classic shapes right up to date, creating functional clothing for the modern age.
Dungarees (or bib overalls, as they’re known in America) are a true classic of utilitarian work-wear design. Worn by carpenters, painters, mechanics, factory workers and pretty much anyone else who requires hard-wearing, no-nonsense clothing, they’ve been a mainstay of the working wardrobe for well over 100 years, and are still as useful as ever today.
As far as titles or categories go, the term ‘work jacket’ is fairly self explanatory. Put simply, they’re jackets to work in, and whether they were designed for military mechanics or French farmers, they often follow a similar blueprint. No bells, no whistles, just plenty of hard-wearing cotton fabric, some buttons down the front and a few handy pockets for storing the tools of the trade.
From fatigue pants to chinos, military design has donated countless classic trousers to the cultural canon. With this season’s trouser range featu...
For the AW20 Lybro range, Nigel Cabourn and his design team have turned their gaze to the harsh waters of the Arctic Sea, creating a range of hard-wearing, functional clothing inspired by the Arctic Convoys of WW2.
Anyone who keeps track with us via social media will probably have noticed that over the last few months we’ve been doing a series of Spotify mixes under the name ‘Cabourn Quarantunes’. Including playlists from David Holmes, Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip and Andy Bell of Oasis and Ride.
The Stonemasters were a band of free-spirited outsiders who pioneered a stripped-back, stylish form of rock-climbing back in the early 1970s. Combining Californian counter-culture with honed, athletic precision, their influence can be felt far beyond the cliffs of Yosemite, and their love of well-worn work-wear was the inspiration behind this season’s collection from Nigel Cabourn.
Herringbone is a geometric pattern with a history which stretches back a few thousand years. Taking its name from the distinct shape of a fish’s skeleton, it’s effectively a broken ‘v’ motif which zig-zags across everything from Roman roads to Ancient Egyptian jewellery.