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.