Nigel Cabourn has worked in the fashion industry for over forty years, but his clothing has little in common with most people’s concept of the word fashion. He has a longstanding passion for vintage clothing, fabric and details. Nigel Cabourn was a student at Northumbria University from 1967-1971 and he started his own label while still in his final year and against all advice stayed in the North of England, another source of inspiration over the years. This cold, windy location has certainly influenced him and he is known to be one of a few true outerwear specialists.
Nigel has collected vintage clothing for over 30 years and has an archive of over 4,000 pieces, including salvaged British Military uniforms and workwear and a trove of exploration garments unearthed from all corners of the globe. It is this ever increasing vintage collection that is the cornerstone of each collection, not a response to a particular trend or general demand.
Cabourn has a great appreciation and knowledge of Japanese fabrics and has used them in his collections for many years. The Mainline Collection gives him the chance to produce a specialist collection based on Japanese fabrics and production techniques not available in UK. This creates a unique situation where the two collections Authentic and Mainline start with the same concept and they are then able to expand the collection in Japan using some of their unique contemporary fabrics, finishes and washing techniques. Nigel travels to Japan 4 times a year to not only work on design and fabrication but so he can also personally approve each prototype. He also works with some of the best Japanese mills who develop new fabrics for him, based on original vintage fabrics from his archival collection. He pays particular attention to Japanese accessories to give Mainline the same integrity and attention to detail as the Authentic product.