With an abundance of clothing lines available, both in store and online, all focused on style and trends, it’s easy to forget how important the quality of a product is. So many lines focus on what’s printed on their product, disregarding the feel and shape of the garment itself.
This is where Sunspel differs. Started in 1860 by Thomas A Hill, with the premise to construct every day wear from luxury materials, the brand oozes a relaxed British heritage style, ranging from basic pieces to dress shirts. With over 150 years experience under their belt, the house specialise in high quality fabrics, with its mantra being “Simple Everyday Luxury.”
With seven signature fabrics used throughout the collection, the most common is the Q82 (The Jersey Knit), which is both light-weight and strong. Made from long staple Egyptian cotton, the fabric is used for the brands tees, underwear and selected polos.
The collection has even featured in the recent James Bond films, with Daniel Craig donning some of the Rivera Polo shirts. These utilise the Q75 Warp Knit – invented by Peter Hill in the 1950s as an alternative to the heavy weight pique polo shirts used in sports, with the material derived for Hill’s trips to the French and Italian Rivera. As an ode to Bond, Sunspel have recreated Sean Connery’s blue shorts from Thunderball to be part of the James Bond exhibition at the Barbican.
With a well-established and rich history, the brand is in no way looking to re-invent itself. And why would it? It offers contemporary style with high quality, well tested fabrics. And if it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for us, right?