For over 35 years, Nigel Cabourn has been avidly collecting vintage military, sports, expedition and work wear clothing and books and has amassed thousands of pieces from all corners of the globe. He has a strict devotion to fabric and details that are functional, comfortable and above all durable garments, which have on the whole, been created not by fashion designers but by technicians and scientists.
For Cabourn, product comes first. The fabrics and trims, and the manufacturers they work with are all carefully chosen to produce the best garments possible. Each collection or collaboration is aimed to create timeless styles that have quality that lasts, get better with age and wear that is still relevant in years to come.
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. – Nigel Cabourn