(re)vision society x Nigel Cabourn
Collaborate to create change. A principle that we earnestly stand by here at (re)vision society, “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
Our collaboration with heritage menswear brand Nigel Cabourn was born out of a desire to create from materials that already exist in the world. The result combines Cabourn’s passion for unique vintage finds and our focus on sustainability.
The Vintage Collector’s Bag is constructed completely from dead-stock French workwear fabric from the 1940’s. The bag is lined in deadstock cotton drill which was made for the British Land Army uniforms in WW2 and is inspired in design by a French postal bag from the early 1940s.
“This is not mass-produced, we do things slowly and find beauty in celebrating the cracks and crevices in materials discarded or long left behind”
We sourced the outer fabric from our friend Paul at Brut Archives in Paris and each fabric has slubs and imperfections that hold unique stories. This is where we wholeheartedly embrace the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi -the art of imperfect beauty. Accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay in which everything has beauty. Every fabric slub adds to the individuality and story of each piece we create.
Handcrafted by Taylor Kent & Co in their small workshop in Birmingham, England and trimmed with natural vegetable tanned leather, this versatile bag can be worn three ways – as a tote, rucksack or over the shoulder satchel. Only 60 pieces of the bag exist and each bag is embossed with a series number 1 to 60 showing its limited edition and comes with a very special story label made from an offcut of leather.
To add additional sturdiness to the structure of the bag, we lined the base with the offcuts of the back of leather hides that are usually discarded when thinned down for light-weight leather products.
“For me any collaboration has to be meaningful as everything I do is about authenticity and integrity – the stories behind my collections, the fabrics and trims I use to interpret and recreate these designs are all carefully researched and sourced.
I’ve long been an admirer of the work of (re)vision society and Stacey has worked with me for a few years now helping with research and the idea for the collaboration came from our vintage trips together. In fact, we called it the Vintage Collector’s bag because we were always on the look out for the perfect bag in which to carry our vintage wares.”
– Nigel Cabourn
The beret is also crafted from the same French workwear fabric from the 1940s, only 60 pieces of this beret exist worldwide.
Unisex in design, it features a contrast cord to adjust the size and is trimmed with natural vegetable tanned leather. The beret is lined in striped cotton left over from an end of roll from garment production.