Introducing The Vintage Wool Kit Bag

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our first ever collection of bags and wallets. We have been making luxury everyday clothing for decades so making luxury everyday accessories seemed like the natural progression.

The first style to arrive in store and online is the Kit Bag. The inspiration for it came from our time-honoured vintage wool that we first developed back in the 1930s. Today we use vintage wool for some of our most popular jumpers and cardigans but initially the densely knitted, two-fold merino cloth was used for long johns. Originating from undergarments, vintage wool is beautifully soft, but also hardwearing; a rather unique combination of qualities that seemed perfectly suited to making accessories.


We worked with a British family-run workshop who specialise in making accessories to develop the Kit Bag. We wanted it to be an inherently functional item so we designed the straps to serve the dual purpose of also being the bag’s closure and we resisted adding any unnecessary embellishments or details. The real challenge came from wanting to construct the bag from a single piece of the vintage wool, thereby reducing the seams to give the bag its vital strength and longevity. We also reinforced the bag with an exceptionally durable vegetable-tanned leather base and added padding to the shoulder straps for comfort. 


The result is a strong yet simple bag that we think is the ideal size for carrying all of the day-to-day essentials. It looks pretty good with our vintage wool knitwear too.

The rest of the collection is steadily making its way to our stock rooms so stay tuned for more details… We would hate to ruin the surprise, but what we can say, is that we think we might just have cracked the perfect weekend bag.


The Vintage Wool Kit Bag is available to buy exclusively from and from Sunspel stores. Find the full store listings here.