Nigel Cabourn’s three lines — Authentic, Lybro and Army Gym — took inspiration from Britain’s Eighth Army, popularly known as the Desert Rats.

 

He worked sand-colored surplus cotton from 1939, which he’d discovered in a Lancashire mill, into a great pair of shorts and a matching blazer with patch pockets. He also created a suit inspired by a desert officer, which he teamed with a khaki shirt and Converse high-tops.

 

Other standouts included a lightweight, gray linen three-button blazer and matching narrow trousers and a lineup of linen jackets in red and green tartan or stripes.

 

There was also a military theme running through Lybro, Cabourn’s workwear brand that’s aimed at a younger audience. Fabrics included a light cotton poplin rib, herringbone, and drill — all heavily washed to give a worn look.

 

He used them for combat-style trousers, and shirts and jackets with cargo pockets. The color palette was largely sand and khaki with dashes of work wear blue, checks and striped denim.

 

The Army Gym line, Cabourn’s boxing-inspired athleticwear, included simple T-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts inspired by the Desert Rat basic training kit.