One of the must-have collaborations happening later on this year and a tall order for any designer, let alone a menswear legend, who BTW has pulled this one one off with an attention to the finest detail and historical referencing, and along with such high expectations of the Peak Performance, comes it’s first collaboration in the brand’s 30-year history. Yes it had to be Nigel Cabourn, the utilitarian workwear and iconic British designer that finally stepped up to the mantle.
With Nigel Cabourn’s experience of producing expedition parkas this pairing was going to be nothing less than a highly technical ski and urban 20 piece unisex collection.
Sofia Gromark Norinder, Head of Urban Design at Peak Performance spent months rifling through Nigel’s extensive personal archive of global army apparel to find the perfect pieces to re-invent and said “The partnership between Cabourn and Peak Performance was natural—two experts in the performance-wear field of fashion, designing clothes for people on the same chilly latitudes. Fusing Cabourn’s British point of departure and expertise in global army apparel, with Peak Performance’s unique Scandinavian outlook and proficiency in the innovative fabrication of ski and outerwear, resulted in a collection rooted in Swedish military wear for the contemporary urban dresser”
You know collaborations work when they are the right fit, with Nigel’s outerwear expertise focusing on iconic British history and a particular interest in all things military – British army, British navy, Royal Air Force and Peak Performance take on the Swedish ski patrols manning the mountains were of great interest and source of inspiration to build the collaboration on”, says Cabourn.
Street fashion is very much focused on performance and military wear is right now so Sofia Gromark Norinder notes that they are the perfect combination.
Style is different today, people don’t just want to look good – they are constantly bringing sport into their everyday lifestyle, which is a phenomenon we have woven into the creation of this collection.
“The Swedish skiing coats were a bit like what the Americans had with the Tenth Mountain Division. They wore a piece of outerwear with a full working rucksack in the back of the jacket. I’ve been able to use that detail and bring it into the Swedish army reference. It’s a waterproof camouflage fabric” says Cabourn.
With respect for each other’s expertise, the two designers remembered the past in order to re-imagine the future. The powerful contrast between the crafted and the technical is what makes Peak Performance and Nigel Cabourn the perfect coupling.
The collection consists of 20 unisex pieces, from the heavy sheepskin coat to the generous ski pants designed for on and off the slope
Prices range from 240 pounds, or $300, for a cotton and wool blend fleece cardigan to 1,700 pounds, or $2,101, for the sheepskin. It will be sold through Peak Performance and Cabourn shops, and multibrand retailers in the U.K.