As menswear essentials go, you'd be hard pressed to find a collection as cultivated or comfortable as the Sunspel's selection of t-shirts, polos and lightweight jackets. Since opening its doors for business in 1860, Sunspel has risen through the ranks to become recognised as one of Britain’s greatest sartorial exports. Its history is dotted with pivotal moments, one of which being in 1947 when the brand introduced the boxer short to the UK. With a firm belief in simple cuts and the best materials, Sunspel is a perennial heavyweight in UK fashion.
A reserved but confident attitude towards clothing is a signifier of the British psyche that backs Sunspel, and that attitude runs throughout all of their collections. Whether you're a long-time Sunspel devotee or new to the brand, scroll on for a guide to the key Sunspel pieces you should add to your wardrobe.
5 iconic Sunspel items
Cotton Harrington Jacket
Sunspel’s take on the classic Harrington jacket is crafted from a sturdy cotton drill for a lightweight yet durable construction. Its clean silhouette and minimalist design makes it a versatile smart-casual number that you'll reach for time and again, all year-round. Try it over a plain white tee with selvedge denim jeans and Chelsea boots.
Riviera Polo Shirt
It’s simple: nobody makes polo shirts quite like Sunspel. The Riviera Polo Shirt was first released in the 1950s but shot to fame when it was tailored specifically for Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. Crafted from the rarest cotton in the world – Sea Island cotton – it boasts supreme strength and a knitted texture for unrivalled softness. Truly a modern classic.
Regular Fit Stretch Chinos
These classic flat-front chinos epitomise Sunspel's commitment to timeless design. Made from a lightweight stretch cotton twill, they feature a flattering straight leg and mid-rise fit. They'll work just as well with a casual striped tee and sneakers as with an Oxford shirt and formal shoes.
You probably know by now that Sunspel has played a pretty pivotal role in the birth of the universal staple, so it’s fair to say they know a fair bit about what makes the best T-shirts around. Made in England using long-staple cotton for unparalleled softness, lightness and comfort, Sunspel’s classic crew neck tee has a classic fit and only the most essential details. You can't ask for much more, to be honest.
Poplin Boxer Shorts
Last but certainly not least: we couldn't mention Sunspel without giving a shout out to the brand's iconic boxer shorts, first introduced to Britain in 1947 and perfected over the decades. No uncomfortable seams or unflattering fit: these boxers offer ultimate comfort and classic style. Crafted from 100% long-staple cotton, their softness is hard to beat.