Nigel Cabourn X Tretorn — Wet-Weather Essentials Inspired by the Swedish Wilderness
Nigel Cabourn has teamed up with Sweden’s Tretorn for the second time, creating a waterproof parka and a backpack which combine Nigel’s love of vintage outerwear with Tretorn’s use of sustainable technical fabrics.
Founded in the coastal city of Helsingborg in 1891, Tretorn know a thing or two about making waterproof outerwear, so when the time came to collaborate on an Autumn/Winter project, it made perfect sense to pull out all the stops and make a real no-holds-barred wet-weather jacket, designed to withstand the elements.
“It’s based on Sarek—an untouchable wilderness in Sweden,” Nigel explained. “We created the outerwear to meet that environment. In the first collaboration with Tretorn we used organic cotton, so for the second collaboration we decided to use Tretorn’s kind of fabrics—and what we’ve used here is a fishing net fabric. It really is a technical garment, and it looks very technical compared to what I normally do.”
Taking inspiration from classic outdoor design, the jacket takes the time-honoured shape of a four-pocket mountain parka, and combines it with a durable ripstop 3L fabric known as ECONYL®. A favourite with Tretorn, this is an eco-friendly abrasion-resistant nylon, made up of recycled fishnets and other nylon waste, which is both waterproof and breathable. The fabric has then been treated with a PFC-free DWR finish, to add a further layer of water-resistance.
This waterproof outer layer is combined with a detachable padded inner-jacket, made from 100% recycled polyester, to provide a bit of extra warmth when the temperature drops. This lining simply buttons out, and because it’s got two front pockets of its own, it can be worn on its own on dry days. As a nod to vintage flight jackets, the lining is bright orange—a detail first added in the late 1940s so that downed pilots could be spotted and rescued easily.
The Nigel Cabourn X Tretorn Jacket is finished off with taped seams, a large drawstring hood and heavy-duty metal snap closures on the pockets. If you’re after a serious waterproof this winter, this one might just be it.
To complete the collection, there’s also a rucksack. Whilst the shape of the bag is based around vintage hiking backpacks from the 1960s, things have been brought right up to date with another of Tretorn’s technical fabrics—in this case, a waterproof polyurethane rubber. The backpack features water-resistant bonded seams, and is lined with REPREVE® polyester which has been recycled from plastic water bottles.
It’s got a large 28 litre main compartment which can be accessed either from drawstring on the top, or via a heavy-duty quick-access zip which runs down the front. There are also two smaller zip pockets as well as a 15” laptop sleeve.
Nigel described things a bit more succinctly, “It’s very big, it carries lots of things, and it’s got the Cabourn touches, with the orange—which is something we always do—I think orange and black always looks cool.
Merging classic functional details taken from outdoor and military pieces found in Nigel’s archive with Tretorn’s boundary-pushing use of sustainable fabrics, both pieces are designed with the rigours of modern life in mind—the ideal defense against less-than-ideal weather in both town and country.