Last week Atelier De L’Armée launched their amazing collaboration with Nigel Cabourn. The idea to make this special limited edition rucksack came out very natural as both are dedicated to old military bags, patterns and clothing. When both met eachother a few years ago Nigel was carrying his vintage Swiss army rucksack. They start talking about making a remake of this classic. They sourced the original fabric as they want to make the collab as close as the Original. Since it is highly unlikely to find a dead-stock roll of this 1960’s fabric we never thought the collab would actually happen. But after a year long search they were able to find a complete roll of selvage original Swiss army Salt & Pepper fabric and the collaboration was born.

The Salt & Pepper fabric had a cotton base when it was developed by Swiss army during the late 1930’s, but as cotton became rare during the years of war, nettle fibre was combined with cotton. This mix created a very rugged, waterrepellent and durable fabric. The selvage roll of fabric they found contained barely enough fabric to make a limited amount of 40 pieces. They combined the fabric with vegetable tanned leather. Although the bag is already sold-out at the webshop from Atelier De L’Armée, maybe you will have more luck at the Army Gym stores in London and Tokyo. Congrats with this very cool homage to the Swiss army bag! Bravo!








Nigel Cabourn wearing the collaboration rucksack


Written by Wouter Munnichs
I'm the founder of Long John. Next to running this daily magazine, I'm working as a freelance denim specialist for the industry. Titled as 'Denim Influencer 2020' by Rivet 50. Celebrated my 10th anniversary with Long John in 2021.