Hailed as a cult British designer, Nigel Cabourn has worked in the industry for over fifty years producing collections, which are not influenced by ‘fashion’ trends but driven by inspirational stories of real people in history and vintage military, outdoor and work wear pieces.
IN NIGEL'S WORDS
I don’t class myself as a ‘fashion designer’ as I don’t follow fashion.Everything I design comes from either a moment in history, an inspirational person or a vintage garment. For over 35 years I’ve been avidly collecting vintage military, sports, expedition and work wear clothing and books and have amassed thousands of pieces from all corners of the globe. I’m absolutely fascinated and excited by the fabric and details in these functional, comfortable and above all durable garments, which have on the whole, been created not by fashion designers but by technicians and scientists. For me product comes first. The fabrics and trims, the manufacturers we work with are all carefully chosen so we produce the best garments we can. At the end of the day my aim with each collection or collaboration is to create timeless styles that have the quality to last, get better with age and wear and that are still relevant in years to come. Clothing that people can wear for a lifetime then pass down to their children.
Nigel Cabourn has a long history and a close affinity with Japan. The brand has built a loyal following there since the 1980’s and Nigel is much revered as a first class designer and collector of rare vintage sports, outdoor and military clothing.
In August 2009 the flagship store opened in Naka-Meguro, Tokyo called Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM. Designed to look like an old army gymnasium, this small but beautiful shop has been a great success since its first day, and in early 2014 moved to a much
larger space nearby to show both Men and Women collections. Altogether, there are now five Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM, one Nigel Cabourn Woman THE ARMY GYM and two Nigel Cabourn stores across Japan.
STORES IN JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM JAPAN FLAGSHIP STORE:
1-21-4 AOBADAI MEGURO-KU TOKYO 1530042 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM SENDAI STORE:
1-11-20 ICHIBAN-CHO AOBA-KU SENDAI-SHI MIYAGI 9800811 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM OSAKA STORE:
8F LUCUA 1100, 3-1-3 UMEDA KITA-KU OSAKA-SHI OSAKA 5300001 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM OKAYAMA STORE:
1-3-27 OMOTECHO KITA-KU OKAYAMA-SHI OKAYAMA 7000822 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn THE ARMY GYM FUKUOKA STORE:
2F 2-5-29 IMAIZUMI CHUO-KU FUKUOKA-SHI FUKUOKA 8100021 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn WOMAN THE ARMY GYM TOKYU PLAZA GINZA STORE:
5F TOKYU PLAZA GINZA, 5-2-1 GINZA CHUO-KU TOKYO 1040061 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn ISETAN SHINJUKU STORE: 7F ISETAN DEPARTMENT STORE MEN’S BLDG. 3-14-1 SHINJYUKU SHINJYUKU-KU TOKYO 1600022 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn MATSUYA GINZA STORE:
5F MATSUYA GINZA DEPARTMENT STORE, 3-6-1 GINZA CHUO-KU TOKYO 1048130 JAPAN
Nigel Cabourn WOMAN THE ARMY GYM NAKAMEGURO STORE:
1-21-11 AOBADAI MEGURO-KU TOKYO JAPAN 153-0042, TEL: +81-3-6416-3300
The Army Gym - London
Nigel Cabourn opened his first standalone UK and European flagship store in London in 2014. Taking residence on 28 Henrietta Street, in the heart of Covent Garden, unfortunately the doors shut in April 2022.
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