Vintage clothing designer Nigel Cabourn has revealed plans for a limited edition collection inspired by Sir Edmund Hillary's pioneering ascent of Mount Everest 50 years ago this month.

The range, which will include 12 styles and be made from British military fabrics which meet current military standards, will hit stores in Japan, the UK and US later this summer, with no more than 99 pieces produced of each design.

"The fabric manufacturers we have chosen have been selected for their understanding of how to make high quality and functional clothing fabrics," said Nigel.

"All the factories have a heritage for producing textiles acknowledged for their quality and durability."

He added the license for the brand will be held by the firm behind the Margaret Howell brand, Anglobal.