I’ve been after this jacket since pics of the AW line first appeared in spring 11 as posted here
The cameraman jacket is a stone cold classic, heavily imitated this season (poorly) which is testament to the designs popularity. A new addition for this season is the application of Dry Wax to the Harris Tweed, a first for Nigel Cabourn as well as Harris Tweed, the wax coating enabling the tweed to be waterproof.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Harris Tweed and to celebrate Cabourn used 4000 metres of Harris Tweed over 9 styles in the AW11 collection. Harris Tweed has always been an important fabric used in the Nigel Cabourn collection, not only because of its deep historical roots but also because of the quality of the wool.
In the words of the man himself:
“The reason I love this piece so much is because it comes from real vintage pieces. I have a vintage collection of over 4000 pieces, because I love real things. This jacket is a combination of 2 vintage pieces I have. The top is from a British army naval jacket, which is waterproof and has big metal clips, which were designed to open with ease if you had gloves on your hands. The bottom comes from an old British Hunting/Fishing jacket with big functioning pockets. I actually photographed the two, cut them in half and stuck them together. That’s how I got the Cameraman Jacket.”