Mum’s know best

Nick Cave and Bella Freud collaborate with some excellent advice: “Head High & Fuck ‘Em All”
Fashion | 29 January 2021

“Head High & Fuck ‘Em All” – the salient words of Nick Cave‘s late mother, Dawn, are embroidered across an exclusive new knit created as a collaboration between Nick Cave’s Cave Things merch and London-designer Bella Freud.


The motivational message of parental advice – that doubles as the perfect ethos to take with you into 2021  – is spelled out by Freud’s signature handwriting in ivory intarsia wording across black cashmere.

” I can’t tell you how often I have brought this guidance to mind and acted accordingly, and how much strength and moral fortitude it has afforded me,” says Cave of his commitment towards his mum’s words. While Freud offers her take on the duo’s relationship: “Nick’s music has been a source of delight for me; his friendship a constant source of strength. Working with him on ideas for clothes is the most fun and also the most thrilling adventure.”

Read Nick’s tribute to his mum, Dawn, via an entry on his Red Right Hand website.

Photography by Peter Smetanka

The Head High knit is available exclusively at and

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