Sunspel makes beautiful, everyday clothing that forms the foundation of the modern luxury wardrobe. We believe in making clothes with care. We care about where we source our materials from, the people we work with and the quality of everything we do.
Sunspel is a British heritage brand with a contemporary approach. We have been handcrafting garments in the UK for over 160 years, building a global reputation for uncompromising quality, timeless design and luxury fabrics. We create clothes that will last and we use natural, organic and recyclable materials whenever we can. We have a strong sense of tradition, history and craft, but we do not rely on the past. We use it to shape the future.
“Sunspel have been perfecting classically chic basics since it was founded in 1860.”
“Sunspel appeals to the current appetite for timelessly understated British style.”
Sunspel produced the world’s first luxury T-shirts in the late nineteenth century and introduced the boxer short to the UK in 1947, making British design history. Our unique Riviera polo shirt provided the look for Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.
Sunspel has been a family business for most of its 160-year history. Founded in Nottingham, the capital of Britain’s hosiery and lace industry, the business moved to its current Long Eaton location in 1937. The technology at the Long Eaton factory may have changed since then, but our commitment to community and a job well done remains the same.
We work with other factories in the UK and worldwide, and when we do, we apply the knowledge and experience from our own factory to find the best. Many of the businesses we work with are small and family owned, and they all share our beliefs about quality, ethical working practices and environmental responsibility.
For 160 years we have been sourcing the finest raw materials from around the world and innovating to develop fabrics that are entirely unique. An uncompromising commitment to quality is at the core of our business and this takes us direct to expert growers and farmers. We have always worked with exceptional luxury fabrics such as Sea Island and Pima cottons and the finest cashmere, lambswool and merino wool. Today we increasingly work with organic cottons and sustainable fabrics while maintaining our focus on quality and feel.
We work with other factories in the UK and worldwide, and when we do, we apply the knowledge and experience from our own factory to find the best. Many of the businesses we work with are small and family owned, and they all share our beliefs about quality, ethical working practices and environmental responsibility. At Sunspel we have always aimed to make products of lasting quality – the opposite of ‘fast fashion’.We believe that responsible manufacturing is a true mark of excellence. In the 1940s we came up with the idea of ‘no waste’ luxury so that we could continue to make clothes of the highest quality in the face of wartime rationing. We remain committed to this philosophy today, valuing timeless style over short-term trends. We create clothes that will last and we prefer to use natural, organic and recyclable materials whenever we can. We constantly review everything we do to reach the highest environmental standards.