In a very interesting move, Converse enlist the aid of menswear designer and archival garment hero Nigel Cabourn for this Spring 2012 capsule collection.
Consisting of two models in various colourways, the capsule collection takes Nigel’s obsessive knowledge of vintage detailing and brings it to the Converse camp. This small capsule collection is enriched with British Military knowledge from WWII, taking inspiration from the RAF’s use of Ventile fabric in their flight suits, a material that is still in use by the RAF today. Inspired by the chunky sole of the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey, Nigel Cabourn has added archive boot detailing and covered it in military coloured Ventile fabric – the same fabric he often uses in his own apparel lines. Ventile is a tightly woven, water resistant and wind resistant cotton, making it ideal for an outdoor piece of footwear such as this.
Continuing the 1940s theme, Nigel has created a British Army P.E. sneaker, something that has always been on his wishlist, in the form of the Chuck Taylor All Star Speciality Plimsole. Covered in hard wearing Italian denim and lined with canvas, this 1941 British P.E. training shoe inspired plimsole still retains classic Converse detailing while bringing something new to the table for this collaborative project. It’s a perfect meeting of Convers’ traditional appeal and Nigel’s passionate obsession for 1940s military items.
As for this sterling lookbook, it was shot by the duo from The Rig Out photographer Antony Crook and stylist Glenn Kitson on location at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Formerly a WWII airfield, this makes for the perfect location to shoot this heavily WWII inspired collection and plays host to some really nice props such as the Spitfire. This is going to be a very popular collection amongst the menswear heads and this lookbook does it justice.
The Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey boots drop this Friday, with the Speciality Plimsole following in June. Nigel will be launching the collection himself at End Hunting Co. in Newcastle this Thursday evening.