The fundamentals are the same, constructed from Armor Lux’s interlocked knitted 100% cotton, something they have been famous for since they were founded way back in 1938. Interlocked cotton produces a heavier fabric with a softer hand and a little more stretch. Now for the Cabourn twists. Firstly instead of the traditional ‘boat neck’ the product features a Henley collar. Something that is not the easiest thing to wear, but when it is worn well, it looks a treat. Second, is the (slightly) elongated body. Something that appeals to me personally as I prefer my t-shirts/shirts longer in the body. The third is the vented hem. This is a traditional hem, but features two cuts to each corner (below/above), a ‘la Ralph Lauren custom fit. Finally is the concealed, ‘inside’ pocket. It may sound a bit crazy having an ‘inside’ (stitched to the reverse, see below/above) pocket, but those are the finer details Nigel Cabourn is known for.
Overall, I really like the product. The Henley collar adds good, subtle detailing and the ‘inside’ pocket is a great touch. It is something that will definitely sit well in my wardrobe and is on the Spring/Summer ’14 ‘hit list’. The Nigel Cabourn x Armor Lux collaboration has started with a bang, next in the series is knitwear for Autumn/Winter ’14. - Dan.
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