Cabourn Calls On Military For Fourth Collection
British designer Nigel Cabourn has used his signature military style as part of a fourth collaboration with US footwear brand Converse, producing a shoe in a camouflage fabric. Cabourn has re-imagined Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Ox trainer using the same hand screen-printed design seen across his outwear collections. The shoe is also made from the same L28 Ventile cotton material used on his jackets, a textile favoured by the RAF in WWI for its wind and water-resistant properties. Converse’s signature white rubber sole, finished with bands of orange, contrasts with the khaki tones. The military influence continues through to the nickel eyelets and coordinating khaki laces. The American trainer brand’s usual tongue logo has been replaced with a Ventile authenticity tag on the reverse and a woven Nigel Cabourn label. The menswear designer has worked on a number of collaborations over the last year, the most recent being an outerwear range with outdoor company Filson. It follows on from a team up with sporting brand Fred Perry in August and the opening of his London flagship store in September. The Nigel Cabourn x Converse shoe is available now in select retailers, including Cabourn’s flagship The Army Gym store in Covent Garden, London, priced at £120.