These timeless additions to your wardrobe will never go out of style
Celebrating the growing desire for contemporary craftsmanship that’s currently filtering into every corner of design, Sunspel has curated a covetable new collection of classics for women; Elevated Essentials. The womenswear range draws on the brand’s commitment to traditional skills and a rich heritage of fabric innovations – namely more than a century and a half of expertise using finest-grade cotton to create early versions of luxury underwear.
The carefully considered collection amplifies the satisfyingly exacting attention to detail and a mastery of the art of subtlety that’s become Sunspel’s signature. Traditional practices have been reimagined and recalibrated to fit a modern mood, with many pieces created in the heart of the brand’s own Derbyshire factory or via a small network of specialist European manufacturing partners.
The T-shirt, in many ways the ultimate investment item, forms the base of the heroic Essentials pyramid. Bypassing the standard barriers of age, era and even gender, there’s four variations on the theme. The Classic T-shirt is a body-skimming layer made from an ultra-smooth yarn crafted using an extraordinary process which includes passing the yarn over a flame to eliminate residual imperfections. The boy fit reworks a traditional men’s silhouette for a female physique – casually dropped shoulders, slightly longer sleeves, a more robust cotton; the boat-neck trades on a transitional mood via an elegant, sharply slashed neck and three-quarter sleeves; while the mid-sleeve ‘interlock’ delivers the most (invisibly) innovative slant. An extremely flattering slim cut with mid-length sleeves, it’s made from a rare English spun interlock fabric that delivers a subtle structure, extra stretch and a deliciously soft touch both inside and out, making it ideal for autumn/winter.
The new shirts straddle two poses – a classic button-through menswear profile almost imperceptibly refined to flatter women and a silky ‘half placket’ shirt, which elegantly straddles the space between sleepwear and blouse. To be considered a quiet revolution in luxury basics there’s also a mid-weight cotton jersey shirt dress that marries casual, comforting familiarity with wardrobe versatility; extend the wearability by styling as a long jacket. A relaxed fit top in luxurious vintage wool combines the clean lines of your favourite T-shirt with the comfort of a knit; pair with the Elevated Essentials culottes. Sunspel’s commitment to sophisticated comfort comes to the fore in a lambswool sweatshirt and lounge pant duo that are both crafted with a plush marled yarn spun in the Yorkshire Pennines. Two skirts complete the Elevated Essentials line-up; a rare lambswool-flannel-cashmere blend wrap-over that up-styles the traditional kilt, and a high-waisted, ribbed hem midi skirt invoking a modern, premium street style edge.