Long Eton England (EST. 1937)
Over 160 years of British craftsmanship and pioneering fabric innovation goes into every Sunspel garment. Here is our story.
Formation of the business
Thomas Hill, c.1870.
The business goes global
The Thomas A. Hill Ltd factory in Nottingham, c.1890
Sea Island cotton
Sea Island cotton is one of the world’s finest raw materials, requiring specialist skills to grow and spin.
The world's first luxury T-shirt
Lighter and cooler than traditional undershirts, Sunspel’s innovative luxury T-Shirts proved popular in hot climates.
The invention of Cellular Cotton
The company name is changed to Sunspel
The Sunspel factory moves to Long Eaton
Sunspel during the war
The British Boxer Short
Sunspel’s global reputation is restored
Nick Kamen at the launderette
Nicholas Brooke becomes CEO
James Bond wears Sunspel
The first Sunspel retail store
Redchurch Street, Shoreditch
Sunspel reintroduces womenswear
Sunspel celebrates 80 years at Long Eaton
Sunspel factory in 2017
Over 160 years since its foundation, Sunspel remains fundamentally the same business created by Thomas Hill. An innovative maker of luxury wardrobe essentials – renowned worldwide for quality but rooted in English craftsmanship and the manufacturing expertise of its local community.