If you’re a regular reader of Average Joes, you’ll know just how much we’re much a sucker for a beautiful piece of baggage. So it will come as no great surprise we’re massive fans to say the least of this latest collaboration between British designer Nigel Cabourn and premium Dutch luggage suppliers, Atelier de l’Armée.

Nigel Cabourn x Atelier de l’Armée Backpack

If you’re not familiar with Nigel Cabourn, you should get yourself acquainted with him and his clothing shop, the Army Gym. With a dedication to finding the finest fabrics from around the world, Cabourn’s garments are smart, functional and of the highest quality.

His love for military-inspired clothing is once again at the forefront of his latest collab with Atelier de l’Armée. The exclusive backpack uses an extremely rare material called ‘salt & pepper’, a fabric which was used by the Swiss Army on their rucksacks back in the 60s.

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The military fabric was used on a backpack Cabourn was said to be wearing on his first encounter with the Atelier team. Featuring a nettle fibre and cotton combination, the material is durable and naturally water repellent to meet the high demands of being in the army.

With Nigel Cabourn providing the design, Atelier de l’Armée have handcrafted each piece using vegetable tanned leather and aluminium to reinforce and to add detailing on the bag itself and the straps. Each bag apparently took 9 hours to make with all the material cutting done by hand.

Only one roll of the 1960s fabric was sourced during production, and as such the Nigel Cabourn x Atelier de l’Armée backpack is in extremely limited supply with only 40 examples available. All individually numbered, the backpack will be on sale over at the Nigel Cabourn Website and in his Covent Garden Army Gym.

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