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.
Nigel Cabourn has worked with Timex, the historic American watch brand, for the third time—once again creating a time-piece paying tribute to a story close to his heart.
It’s a true treasure trove of hand-sewn work-boots, selvedge denim and military jackets, and not only are we proud to say it’s one of our stockists, but later in the year the fine folks behind The Archives are going to be a big part of something pretty exciting… the Leed’s Nigel Cabourn Army Gym.
Over the next month we’re releasing a selection of limited-run shirts from the Made in England Authentic Range. From short-sleeved beach breezers to multi-toned work-wear wonders, there’s a shirt for pretty much every scenario here, and as with every design from Nigel Cabourn, each one has a story to tell.
This season Nigel Cabourn is paying homage to the Stonemasters — a rag-tag band of long-haired outsiders who took to the sun-soaked cliff-faces of California in the early 1970s to pioneer a gimmick-free style of rock-climbing.
Considering it looks like the great outdoors if out of bounds for a while, here’s six classic climbing and mountaineering documentaries to help you through the lockdown…
It’s safe to say that travelling the globe makes up a large chunk of Nigel Cabourn’s life. Usually this is all well and good, but with quarantine and FaceTime replacing those picturesque jaunts, he’s had to make some pretty hefty adjustments to the way he works. So how has he been managing with the world in lockdown? We called him up to find out…
The Mackintosh factory in Lancashire has been a key part of the Nigel Cabourn Authentic range for a good few years now. Based near Burnley, this place makes a large percentage of Nigel’s British-made outerwear, from classic pieces like the Mallory Jacket or the Cameraman Jacket, to one-off wonders like the recent collaboration with Liam Gallagher.
It’d probably be stating the obvious to say that Nigel Cabourn puts a lot of thought into his designs. From the shape and the cut to the weight of the fabrics and the angle of the pockets, each detail is carefully considered to help bring his original idea to life, all the while doing justice to the story that inspired it.
Without stating the obvious too much, the current lockdown situation the UK (and a large portion of the rest of the world) currently finds itself in has meant everyone has had to adjust to a new way of life.
Beyond simply ‘making stuff’, Tretorn are also famous for their forward-thinking attitude to their employees, and the brand was one of the first to give its workers free healthcare and create an on-site nursery for their children.