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Fred Perry x Nigel Cabourn Spring/Summer 2015 Collection – Now online.

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Akin in their love of table tennis; Fred Perry have joined forces with acclaimed British-designer Nigel Cabourn for an inspired capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2015.

Fred Perry first became World Champion of Table Tennis in 1929 before pursuing tennis, while Cabourn is a self-confessed fanatic. The collaboration celebrates both label’s UK manufacturing roots from the 1950s and 1970s respectively.

The collection is inspired by those worn by Fred Perry and Victor Barna, the British-Hungarian five-time World Champion of Table Tennis and winner of 40 medals during 1929-1954. Barna, also an inspiration to Nigel, collaborated with Fred Perry on a personalised range of sportswear. The pique cotton used on early 1950s Fred Perry tennis styles has been sourced and used across the collection to add authenticity, while branding is also inspired by the same era of design.

Nigel is excited to launch this collaboration with Fred Perry, saying –
“Fred Perry is a brand that I think runs in some ways parallel to the Nigel Cabourn brand, both truly British brands inspired by British heritage and wherever possible manufacturing everything in the UK. I think a lot of Fred Perry and Nigel Cabourn fans alike will be pleased we have finally come together on this collaboration.”

Nigel Cabourn takes a meticulous approach to design, and references pieces from both his extensive vintage archive and the Fred Perry sportswear archive. The Panelled 1952 Pique Shirt is a playful take on a 1970s training vest from Cabourn’s vast archive. An original cotton Fred Perry Laurel Wreath has been stitched onto the vest with an authentic sportswear locker loop.

The fit of the collection has been inspired by Nigel’s own casual loose aesthetic, as well as the style of garment Fred Perry created for training in during the early 50s. The Pullover Head Sweat with half Riri zip and matching 1953 Training Pants are made in cotton fleece and have a soft retro track top feel.

Outerwear stands out in this authentically sourced and produced collection. A 3-button Blazer is made in the U.K., at the Mackintosh factory, from Dawes weaving fabric finished with a horn button fastening. The Cameraman Windcheater Bomber, inspired by Nigel’s own successful Cameraman jacket, is also made in the Mackintosh factory and features navy colour-blocking and knit stripe ribs on the collar and cuffs.

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The Nigel Cabourn Archive – A trip to the Garden House

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Seated at the bottom of his garden and backing on to grounds for South Northumberland cricket club, providing a unique soundtrack of leather on willow throughout the year, the Garden House is not only home to Cabourn’s Head Quarters and design team, but also to the enviably large collection of archive pieces that inspire each collection.

To celebrate the launch of the Nigel Cabourn SS15 collection, we were given the opportunity to pay the team over at Cabourn HQ a visit, where we were given a unique insight into the archive pieces that inspired them.

Cabourn use these archive pieces as a base for their designs every season, appropriating fabrics and detailing and pushing them as far as they can, refining and deploying them across entirely new arenas.

Through this, they have perfected their own way of telling the story of these vintage finds through their work, paying respect to the ingenuity of the past whilst having their own handwriting in the design.

For S/S’15 they have looked to the iconic military designs of WW1, in particular focusing on the impact of defining individuals such as Winston Churchill, Lord Kitchener and Lawrence of Arabia and the relaxed formality present in this era’s military design.

Taking inspiration from the soldiers’ creative use of their military issue apparel, lifting the buttons, pockets and functional customisations from these archive pieces, such as the button through chest pocket of a Lawrence of Arabia-era field shirt jacket which has become something of a keystone to the collection, they have created a cohesive and genuinely intriguing collection.

Consistently drawing inspiration from the effect of hard use and time on performance clothing, Cabourn and his team have based a new fabric for SS15 on a uniquely modern example from the archive, a jacket designed by Cabourn himself.

Inspired by a Japanese carpenter who bought a S/S’12 Field Cape Jacket and put it through years of hard use in his workshop, multiple re-waxings and reparations, creating a stunningly worn in aesthetic, Cabourn have recreated the look of the piece by taking a Japanese cotton poplin and having it waxed in the UK.

A fascinating insight into thought process behind the new collection, we would like to say a massive thank you to Nigel and his team over at the Garden House for having us.

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Nigel Cabourn – New Arrivals for S/S’15 Now Online

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The latest effort from a designer whose obsession with the ingenuity of performance clothing has led him to create some of the most impressive contemporary menswear designs of recent years and one that we are proud to say bases himself in our fair city, the SS15 collection from Nigel Cabourn is available online right here at END.

Taking inspiration from the functionality of vintage military, sporting and performance pieces, drawing from a personal archive that numbers in its thousands, the Cabourn Team use archive designs as a base, appropriating details where necessary and pushing them as far as they can go.

This time around the focus has been placed firmly on fabrics, translating tones and textures from vintage pieces across a range of new fabrics whilst combining the best of traditional English craftsmanship with the expertly engineered designs of Japan.

Nowhere is this approach better shown than in their choice of summer ready fabrics for this collection, utilising a textured loomstate linen sourced from Ireland in place of their usual Harris Tweed designs and a lightweight cotton twill across their new tailored designs.

The highlight of each collection from Cabourn is their incredible outerwear and this first drop for SS15 certainly doesn’t disappoint, with densely woven cotton poplins, loomstate linen and his signature L24 ventile used across a collection of WW2 inspired pieces.

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Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970s Ox

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A longstanding collaborative partnership that melds two brands who use their rich and diverse history as the pivot to their success, Converse and Nigel Cabourn have teamed up once again to reimagine one of the American footwear label’s best loved silhouette.

Part of Converse’s 1st String line, the collaborative duo take the iconic Chuck Taylor 1970s Ox silhouette and marry their unique aesthetics to the style that takes a distinctly different direction from the Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi which launched earlier in the year.

Sticking closely to the 1970′s OG design, Cabourn adds a military-charged vintage wash camouflage print to the canvas uppers whilst replacing the molded toecap for a tonal canvas panel. Classic decals still remain such as the crisp white midsole, red accent piping and bold red outsole.

The Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970s Ox launches Friday 7th November 2014 via the Converse Launch Page.

Nigel Cabourn interview with i-D Magazine.

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

In an interview with iconic British publication turned web-imprint i-D Magazine, Newcastle-upon-Tyne based designer Nigel Cabourn for a short interview at the opening of his first London store.

Fresh off the back of his capsule collection with Filson, the legendary outerwear don talks candidly about his new store, his popularity in Japan, his collections and who his customer really is.

Check out the full interview here.

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C.C. Filson by Nigel Cabourn

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Representing the merging of two kindred spirits, the C.C. Filson AW14 collection was designed in partnership with END. stalwart and renowned outerwear aficionado Nigel Cabourn.

Inspired in part by a vintage Filson Cruiser Jacket Cabourn picked up in a thrift shop in Japan, the collection borrows the name of Filson’s founding father and looks to create clothing that pays homage to their celebrated history whilst incorporating contemporary functionality.

Utilising an incredibly hard wearing selection of fabrics, from 16oz paraffin waxed cotton to 18oz Seattle wool, combined with Filson’s seasoned manufacturing expertise, this is a collection of outerwear designed to last and last and last.

A man with a unqiue insight into the world of outerwear, whether it be from his 40 plus years in the industry, his personal archive of over 4000 vintage pieces or even his location right here in the cold, wet and windy North East of England, Nigel Cabourn has brought his incredible knowledge to the table throughout every aspect of the design.

Thanks to this, yoke’s are reinforced with extra tough reinforcing layers, overcoats are kitted out with utilitarian pocket set ups and archive inspired brass military clasps are deployed alongside military grade melamine buttons in order to keep everything in place across an incredible collection of weather defeating outerwear.

Available online now head over the Filson section to explore the C.C. Filson by Nigel Cabourn collection now.








Nigel Cabourn Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

For AW14, Nigel Cabourn has returned to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration that has influenced a great deal of his work, incorporating silhouettes and details from archive WW1 military issue apparel.

Celebrating artisan British craftsmanship in all its forms, the collection utilises a range of UK sourced materials, with a hand picked selection of British textiles and exclusively developed fabrics deployed across a crop of new designs and refreshed reworkings of staple Cabourn pieces.

Working with world renowned photographer Alex Telfer, the Nigel Cabourn Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook is a comprehensive retrospective of the collection as a whole, exploring the season’s strong tailoring, archive inspired shirting and incredible outerwear designs.

Cast your eyes downwards for a look at their imagrey and head to our Nigel Cabourn section to delve into his AW14 collections as a whole.









Nigel Cabourn Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

For AW14, Nigel Cabourn has returned to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration and authentic British Military apparel that has influenced a great deal of his work, celebrating artisan British craftsmanship with a selection of new designs and staple pieces.

Debuting some of the designs we first got to see during our visit to the Garden House earlier on this year, the collection is entirely produced in the UK, constructed from hand selected and exclusively developed fabrics.

Encompassing his carefully considered shirting, hand crafted knitwear and world renowned outerwear, the first drop from this seasons collection is full to the brim with new versions some of his much loved designs.

A design with as rich a history as the heroic individuals that inspired it, the Mallory Jacket received its current moniker after the body of George Mallory was finally recovered from the slopes of Everest after his ill fated final adventure and is back for AW14 in authentic Harris Tweed, celebrating the incredible craftsmanship found in the British Isles.

Another cult classic piece, the The Cameraman Jacket was worn by Wilfrid Noyce on his numerous photographing expeditions to Everest and the AW14 iteration keeps to the original design with an authentic Mackintosh fabric upper and a lower section made again from Harris Tweed.

Topping off the collection, the Everest Parka is back in its classic guise and in a new Oil Cloth make up, stuffed by hand with the highest grade goose down, while the collar is backed with thick sheepskin and the hood is trimmed with genuine coyote fur.

Online now, head to the Nigel Cabourn section now to explore the latest from this legendary British designer.






A Trip to the Garden House – A First Look at the Nigel Cabourn AW14 Collection

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Hidden in plain sight just ten minutes from Newcastle Upon Tyne’s spirited city centre and set back in the leafy confines of suburban Gosforth, the Garden House is a bright and airy two storey converted gardeners house nestled at the bottom of the garden, just over the fence from a cricket pitch, painting a typically English scene.

Surrounded both by artifacts from Britain’s military history and a celebrated career in design, this is where Nigel Cabourn and his team create each collection, inspired by the world which he has created inside the Garden House and his personal archive housed within.

In anticipation of the upcoming Nigel Cabourn AW14 collection, END. took a trip down the garden path, past the red telephone box and wrought iron furniture to pay the Garden House a visit and have a look at some of the highlights from the new season collection.

Grounded in the military issue apparel of the First World War, the Nigel Cabourn A/W’14 collection ranges from brand new designs that reinvigorate classic outwear to old favourites carefully reinterpreted, with the focus kept squarely on British materials and expert British manufacturing.

A fascinating environment that has birthed yet another fascinating collection, the latest designs from the Garden House will be launching online here at END. soon but, for now, take a look at some of our top picks from the Nigel Cabourn collection for AW14.

Converse 1st String x Nigel Cabourn Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The first round of collaboration between all time END. favourite Nigel Cabourn and sneaker legends Converse was something truly special and this latest project more than meets the standard set by the legendary British designers take on the Bosey Hi.

Combining a classic piece of design and one of the best loved sneaker silhouettes of all time with authentic details from his personal collection of over 4000 vintage military and archive pieces, this new iteration of the Chuck Taylor 1970 Hi incorporates incredibly hard wearing Ventile uppers.

A staple material for Nigel Cabourn, Ventile is considered to be the first truly effective all weather performance fabric that has been utilised by the Defence Garment Industry since the 1940’s and was the material of choice for WWII fighter pilots thanks to its incredible durability and weather proof qualities.

Reworking the Chuck Taylor with full ventile uppers and a selection of considered contrasting detailing, this new Cabourn pays also pays respect to the celebrated history of Converse.

Taking on the 1970s edition, constructed to archive specifications, this is an inspired re-imagining of the iconic Chuck.

Online now, head to the Converse section to take a proper look.




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