Aggiornamento: 21 apr 2020

It’d probably be stating the obvious to say that Nigel Cabourn puts a lot of thought into his designs. From the shape and the cut to the weight of the fabrics and the angle of the pockets, each detail is carefully considered to help bring his original idea to life, all the while doing justice to the story that inspired it.

For the first in a series of articles telling the stories behind some of Nigel’s most enduring designs, we looked at the Mallory Jacket—a hard-wearing sports jacket that’s been a mainstay of the Nigel Cabourn Authentic range since 2003.

Like the Everest Parka and the Cameraman Jacket, the Mallory first appeared as part of Nigel’s ‘Ascent of Cabourn’. For those unaware, this was a small range made up of 12 designs inspired by Edmund Hillary’s 1953 expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, created to mark the 50th anniversary of the bold trek. The jacket which became the Mallory was inspired by a grainy black and white photograph of a sherpa which was taken during the expedition.

As you’d expect from a small, hand-printed photo from the 1950s, the picture doesn’t exactly give much away, but it does clearly show a sherpa looking towards the camera, wearing an ear-flapped hat and a tweed jacket, complete with reinforced panels on the shoulders and the elbows. The patch on the shoulders would have been added to help the jacket stand up to the abuse given when carting heavy climbing gear around, and unlike a traditional shooting jacket, it carried on down the top of the sleeves.


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