Sunspel was founded in 1860 by Thomas A Hill. His idea to make simple, modern clothing using only the highest quality fabrics soon put Sunspel at the forefront of British craftsmanship. Robert Elms, writer, broadcaster cultural commentator expands on this theme in his book, The Way We Wore – A Life in Threads, 1988, where he talks about the comforting and durable nature of Sunspel clothes:

“I like clothes, and I like the fact that you’re not really supposed to like clothes, that they are seen as somehow superficial, unworthy. Now that I’m a certain age, that I’ve arrived at a certain place, I like clothes much more than I like fashion. I like clothes for their own sake, divorced of any context or subtext.”