Riviera Polo Shirt

£115.00
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The Riviera Polo Shirt is the essence of James Bond style. Originally tailored for Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, this polo is made from a lightweight cotton mesh that is not only breathable but extremely soft. Cut for a slim fit and finished with matching buttons and a chest pocket. A modern classic.

Product code: MPOL1026-BKAA

Product Code
MPOL1026-BKAA
  • 100% Cotton
  • Wash at 30°C
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Dry cleanable
  • Designed in England and made in Portugal

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Riviera Polo Shirt

The Sunspel Riviera polo shirt was tailored for Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale and has since become an authentic icon of Bond style. When the Academy Award winning costume designer Lindy Hemming asked us to design a polo for Craig, we began with a style that we have been making since the 1950s. We tailored it to Craig’s exact measurements: slimming the fit across the chest and making the arms slightly shorter to flatter his physique and allow him to move easily in action sequences. It is crafted from a sustainably sourced Supima cotton mesh fabric and has only the most essential of details, giving it a clean, contemporary aesthetic.

The original Riviera polo shirt was created by Peter Hill, the grandson of Sunspel’s founder. Finding the piqué cotton of contemporary tennis shirts stifling, he set about developing a fabric that would be cool and comfortable in the hot summer sun of the French Riviera. The result was a cotton mesh that was not only lightweight but also breathable and very soft. It was knitted on traditional lace machines in Nottingham, home of England’s lace-making industry, and was named Q (for Quality) 75. The Riviera polo was born.

Riviera Polo Shirt

First developed in the 1950s and later tailored for Daniel Craig as James Bond, our signature Riviera Polo Shirt has become a modern classic. The fit is precise, the details are refined, and the fabric is remarkably soft: a lightweight, warp-knit cotton material known as Q75, invented in the 1950s by Sunspel owner Peter Hill specifically for the hot summer sun of the French Riviera.

In 2006, Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming was tasked with dressing Daniel Craig in the James Bond reboot Casino Royale, with the specific aim of making 007 “more casual, more of a global citizen, more contemporary”. To achieve this, she came to Sunspel, working with us to tailor the Riviera to Craig’s physique, shortening the arms and making slight tweaks to allow ease of movement in action scenes. Casual and contemporary, distinctively British and effortlessly stylish, the polo shirt became an instant hit as an achievable James Bond look. We’ve made the Riviera Polo Shirt to those specifications ever since.

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