Now here’s a thing, two brilliant British labels combine forces to make a collection inspired by table tennis champion Victor Barna who won 40 medals between 1929-54.
Back in the day Victor had his own range of Fred Perry gear and is also one of Nigel’s heroes, himself a massive fan of the fast paced, dining room-friendly game. In fact the fit of the collection has been inspired by Nigel’s own casual loose aesthetic, as well as the style of training garments Fred Perry created during the early 1950s. This covetable collection features just the kind of meticulous mintness that you’d expect from Mr Cabourn’s involvement. The Panelled 1952 Pique Shirt is a playful take on a 1970s training vest from Nigel’s archive whilst the Pullover Head Sweat with half Riri zip and matching 1953 Training Pants are made in luxuriously soft cotton fleece. There’s also a three-button blazer made at the Mackintosh factory as well as a natty navy colour blocked Cameraman Windcheater Bomber inspired by the original Cabourn Camerman jacket and also made at Mackintosh. There’s also a table tennis shoe and a dry wax canvas holdall to put all your ping-pong balls in. Am I allowed to say ping-pong? I bet that’s blasphemy to proper Table tennis heads isn’t it? Sorry Nigel. It’s bloody lovely stuff though innit?