Nigel Cabourn X Element - Inspired by the Canadian Wilderness
Nigel Cabourn has worked with Element on a third collaboration, this time taking cues from cold-weather fishing gear. The seeds for this collection were planted last year, when Nigel met Element skateboarder Sascha Daley whilst working on the first collaboration. Growing up in a fishing family on Canada’s Vancouver Island, Sascha has a strong working knowledge of cold-weather fishing gear, and he and Nige had a lot to talk about. Inspired by Sascha’s love of functional outdoor gear, Nigel and his team have created a collection based on the hard-wearing garments often worn in the Canadian wilderness—from serious anoraks to patched-up fishing vests.
Designed not just to endure the elements, but to respect them, the collection makes use of a wide variety of modern sustainable fabrics. The outerwear was made using REPREVE—a revolutionary performance fibre created from recycled plastic bottles—whilst the beanies use a low-impact fabric known as Polylana which has been developed as a less-intensive alternative to wool and acrylic. Continuing the theme, upcycled yarns and organic cotton also played a big part in the collection.
Starting with the outerwear, the Victoria Parka is perhaps the jewel in the crown. Taking inspiration from classic cold-weather jackets, it’s a down-filled parka made from a mix of recycled polyester and canvas cotton. Not only is this thing warm, but thanks to that outer fabric—which has been laminated and given a water resistant finish—it’s been designed to keep the rain off too. The Lodger’s Smock is another serious piece of kit, created with cold-weather in mind. It’s a relaxed, oversized anorak based on vintage outdoor smocks, and features a sizable hood (with removable fur trim) and a big kangaroo pocket on the chest.
And then there’s the Alder Parka. A bit of a wearable ‘Swiss Army Knife’, this is a winter parka with a fully removable padded lining that works as a light jacket in it’s own right. The lining is reversible too—giving you the option of wearing it with either the quilted side or the smooth side out. The Reversible Creek Jacket is another highly-versatile, reversible piece—it’s a hip-length blouson-style jacket with fleece on one side, and hard-wearing poly-cotton on the other.
As an homage to the fishing gear which inspired the collection, embroidered patches based on those often found on vintage angling-garb have been used on items like the Fishing Down Vest. That removable hook-and-loop chest patch found on both the Alder Parka and the Fishing Vest is another detail taken from the fishing world (they were originally used to attach flies to).
Perhaps the most picturesque piece in the collection is the Lake Fleece—a ¼ zip over-the-head fleece which pays homage to the majesty of the Canadian countryside by way of an all-over print of a large grizzly bear catching salmon. Thanks to that 280gr polar fleece fabric (constructed from recycled plastic no less), it’s warm too. The Tofino Zip Cardigan is another standout piece—named after a popular fishing spot on Vancouver Island’s west coast, it’s a classic piece of cold-weather knitwear with a big ol’ eagle knitted onto the back.
As well as all this, there’s also some sweatpants and a ¼ sweatshirt. These are all made from chunky loopback jersey fabric which has been pigment dyed for a relaxed, worn-in patina, and are ideal for jogging, lounging and everything in between. Organic cotton t-shirts round off the range.
Whether you’re catching salmon at Campbell River, or just after for some functional clothing for the cold months ahead, the new collection from Nigel Cabourn and Element is made to endure.