Sunspel | A Pioneer in British Craftmanship

In 1860,  Thomas A Hill had an revolutionary idea of creating everyday, simple clothing from luxurious fabrics. This concept has since then made Sunspel a pioneer in British craftmanship, selling luxury wardrobe staples across the globe. With experience in the hosiery and lace trade, Thomas Hill set up his factory in Newdigate, Nottingham and used his fabric expertise to make some of the earliest t-shirts ever made. His produce pioneered the development of both the t-shirt and luxury undergarment – making them soft, lightweight and comfortable as possible.  As the first English textile innovators to explore and export to China, word soon got out about the timeless and beautifully made clothing which was being crafted in Sunspel’s  Newdigate factory. Since then Sunspel has now expanded their core range of polo shirts, t-shirts and underwear to knitwear, outerwear and accessories – applying the same ethos of creating timeless designs in beautiful fabrics.

Over the 155 years that Sunspel has been established the brand has dressed many; from the Royal Navy to numerous British Stars of the screen and stage. Most recently, Sunspel created a bespoke clothing capsule which included the iconic Riviera Polo shirt  shirt for Daniel Craig for his role as James Bond in Casino Royal.

Sunspel Riviera T-Shirt As Worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond

Sunspel’s Riviera Polo £85 |  Buy here

“There have been so many different characters in film and theatre that I have dressed in Sunspel vests, t-shirts and underwear because they are classic, timeless and beautifully made. This time, dressing Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, I thought that it would be a perfect collaboration of quality and Britishness to ask Sunspel to create all his t-shirts, polo shirts and underwear, which they duly did so excellently. He looks very sexy and happy in their clothing.”

– Lindy Hemming Academy Award winning costume designer. 

Today,  Sunspel is still based in Nottingham where the majority of their clothing is still made. Their two fold Egyptian cotton t-shirts are regarded as the finest in the world.  Thomas A Hill’s vision to create simple, everyday clothing from beautiful fabrics continues to be Sunspel’s philosophy today.

 

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Long Sleeve Relaxed Fit Crew £65 | Buy here

Long Sleeve Henley Top £85 | Buy here

Long Sleeve Contrast Neck Top £65 | Buy here

Long Sleeve Washed Shirt £115 | Buy here

Long Sleeve Pique Shirt £120 | Buy here

Long Sleeve Pique Shirt £120 | Buy here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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