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Fred Perry X Nigel Cabourn‏ Spring/Summer 2015 collection

March 3, 2015

With a collection that takes its cues from Table Tennis, comes a collaboration between Fred Perry and Nigel Cabourn. Both brands are quintessentially British, with the collection being inspired by Fred Perry’s heritage in the sport (Perry himself was World Champion of Table Tennis in 1929 before pursuing tennis) and Nigel’s personal love for it, being a regular player.

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The pieces that make up the collection are inspired by those worn by both Perry and Victor Barna – the British-Hungarian five-time World Champion of Table Tennis and winner of 40 medals during 1929-1954. In typical Cabourn fashion, detail and fabrication are paramount – the pique cotton used on early 1950s Fred Perry tennis styles has been sourced and used across the collection to add authenticity, while branding is also inspired by the same era of design.

The fit across the range has been inspired by Nigel’s own casual aesthetic, as well as the looser style Fred Perry created for training during the early 50s. Garments include a three-button Blazer (constructed from Dawes weaving fabric with horn buttons) and the Cameraman Windcheater Bomber, inspired by Nigel’s own successful Cameraman jacket (featuring navy colour-blocking and knit stripe ribs on the collar and cuffs), both of which are made in the Mackintosh factory. Elsewhere the Pullover Head Sweat with half riri zip and matching 1953 Training Pants are made in cotton fleece and have a soft retro track top feel.

Rounding off the collection are a selection of accessories. First is the Table Tennis shoe, which is based on the design of an archive Fred Perry tennis footwear style, while also taking elements from a 1930s tennis shoe from Nigel’s archive. The final piece is a navy holdall made from Halley Stevenson’s 18oz dry wax canvas and featuring brass feet. It’s produced by Chapman’s, and will be exclusive to Fred Perry Laurel Wreath shops only.

For more information on the collaboration, go to the website here: Fred Perry.

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