Nigel Cabourn for Converse

Sneaker giant Converse have teamed up with renowned perfectionist and fellow Northerner Nigel Cabourn to produce a small collection of clothing and sneakers influence by WW11 military and RAF uniforms. The clothes are full of the little practical details we've come to know and  love from Nigel's own collection.

The speil....‘For this collection, Cabourn examines Converse’s rich American heritage of boots and sneakers created for the outdoors and the military, and infuses his own designs into the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey with rich Ventile fabric uppers in military-inspired navy and olive green colors.  Ventile fabric was developed for use in WWII flight suits as a material to protect Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pilots when they ejected from their planes into icy cold waters. The Ventile fabric extended survival time tenfold and saved many ejected pilots’ lives. Suits made with Ventile fabric remain in use by British Royal Air Force to this day.
“The Ventile fabric adds such a strong element of history and design to this collection.  I chose the All Star Bosey for its military-like chunky sole and 1940’s appeal and had been thinking about creating a British Army P.E. sneaker, hence the development of the Plimsole silhouette,” adds designer Nigel Cabourn.’
I love the lookbook shot by Anthony Crook and styled by Glenn Kitson of "The Rig out" fame at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, a museum and airfield near Cambridge is fittingly considered the ‘home of the Spitfire’.
To celebrate the collaboration the lovely lads (and lasses) at End are putting on a party in their transformed 1940s style shop with an after party taking place at no.28 in Newcastle. Definitely worth popping down to the shop to get a look of this fantastic collection in the flesh. Find out more about the event by clicking here
I imagine it is going to sell out pretty quickly so get in there quick if you want to get your mitts on a piece. 

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  1. ah to get a piece of NC, I bet these will be gone in a shot. really like the lookbook too, nice location isn't it