Nigel Cabourn Website

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Nigel Cabourn’s new web site is finally up and running, a big improvement on the original which never seemed to get much love or be updated, hoping the new site will get more regular content added.  The best addition has to be the webstore, which features products I haven’t seen at the usual suspects as well as Cabourn web store exclusives (I love the camo aircraft jacket and can see me picking this up at the right price)

I’m also loving the taped Aircraft jacket, I bought the SS12 version but have to say it was the worst jacket I’ve ever owned in terms of performance. The slightest bit of rain would penetrate the fabric, leaving it stuck to your skin like tissue paper. Yes, I get it’s not in a modern technical performance fabric and is based on traditional fabrics/production methods (oil cloth cotton) but I’d still expect it to keep me dry for 5 mins in mild rain. Anyhow, this must be a common complaint as they’ve added external taped seams and presumably seam sealed all joins internally to make the jacket waterproof.

My favourite piece, and one I’ll be picking up for sure, is the Army Buckle Pant. I saw these on Corniche’s site and thought they looked interesting, having gotten a better look at them here I’m sold. I prefer a looser aesthetic these days, I think these’ll be a perfect lightweight pair of summer pants. By Cabourn’s usual sky high pricing they’re pretty reasonable at £270 too (all the noise around pricing over the last few years seems to have sunk in, but £1,000 for a cameraman?)

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Merz b. Schwanen

 

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I’ve always admired the dedication and workmanship that goes into Merz products, but have always been put off by the high price points for what are, essentially, basic undergarments (even if worn as outers).

I had the perfect opportunity recently (well, it was about 3 months ago but a busy schedule has kept me from posting anything for months) when the always exceptional LN-CC sent me a £100 voucher code. I left this siting in my inbox for weeks, thinking there must be a catch, but when I tried it, it was indeed £100 to spend on anything in store. To be fair, they’ve taken a fair amount of my cash over the years though…

On receipt I wasn’t disappointed, with the product in hand you can really see where the additional cost comes from, the 60% Merino wool, 40% cotton gives the fabric a really soft handle that feels great on.

The fact that they’re also made on original circular knitting machines is the kind of detail that I love, and shows in the fine knit of the product. You just don’t get that look and feel with modern machines.

Because I’m shameless, and no writer, I’ll just rip the following from the Merz website, check them out:

With the help of a traditional knitwear manufacturer based in the German Swabian Mountains, vintage fashion aficionado Peter Plotnicki revived the “old way of crafting clothes”.

Driven by his passion for traditional fabrication processes, he and the team created a collection of garments solely made by 1920s-1950s circular knitting machines. All tops are based on authentic working man’s apparel ranging from the first decades of the 20th century to army shirts of the sixties — some slightly modified, some copied from the original piece down to the last seam.

Peter Plotnicki sets great store by the label “Made in Germany”: the trimming’s cotton fabrics, buttons, labels, hangtags, and packaging are German-made.

High quality traditional products — manufactured in Germany — without compromises!