Once again drawing on his love of vintage vibes from a sporting perspective, Brit designer Nigel Cabourn has hooked up with Umbro for a debut collection that lands in a celebration of vintage-inspired football and rugby kits, putting a contemporary casualwear twist on a selection of iconic silhouettes for AW21.

Nigel Cabourn is no stranger to the idea of drawing off retro football as a source of inspiration, and the designer is at it again, this time in partnership with Umbro. The Umbro x Nigel Cabourn collection that takes a contemporary design lens to football and rugby styles from the late 1940’s to early 1950’s with ten key styles reinterpreted for a modern design-led consumer. The partnership debuts with a ten style collection which not only acknowledges Umbro’s commitment to the footballing world, but also the brand’s recent step into rugby as Official Technical Kit Partner to England Rugby. 

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Yeah, for our money this collection is definitely more rugby than football, but you can still pick up on some vibes from the latter, most notably in the iconic Drill Training Top in RAF Navy with matching Training Pants, both featuring an embroidered diamond logo and pocket detailing. A pigment dyed Training Sweater in RAF Navy or Dirty White also appears and features a distressed two-colour Umbro x Nigel Cabourn print on the back. 

Then you’re deep into the other sports’ territory, with the Regiment Rugby Top in blocky Gold or Sky Blue horizontal and vertical stripes, each featuring oversized ‘N’ and ‘C’ back patches. The collection is rounded out by a selection of accessories, including the Umbro x Nigel Cabourn Trainer and ribbed beanies in RAF Navy and Sky Blue.

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The Umbro x Nigel Cabourn collection is available now at umbro.co.uk