THE WORLD’S MOST COMFORTABLE FABRICS
Sunspel makes underwear from the best fabrics in the world. For 160 years we have been sourcing the finest raw materials and innovating to develop materials that are entirely unique.
To get that incredible smoothness to the touch requires cotton with an extra long staple: the longer the staple, the fewer the joins when you spin the fibres into a yarn.
The cotton for our Superfine fabric (Q82) is grown and carefully handpicked in California. We twist pairs of the fibres together to make a strong, fine yarn, and we pass each thread over a flame to burn off the overhanging ends. Then we double spin the yarn to remove any last remaining microscopic impurities. It takes a lot of work – but it makes for the cleanest, softest, most luxurious fabric you’ve ever placed against your skin.
WOVEN BY EXPERTS
Weaving light, soft, breathable fabric requires special skills.
There are only a handful of weavers in the world with the ability to work with Carribean Sea Island cotton – the rarest kind on the planet. Sea Island cotton’s extra long staple length, fine texture and silky sheen allow it to be woven to the highest possible yarn count.
Sunspel work with expert spinners in Switzerland – specialists with the skill and care to twist the delicate Sea Island fibres into the finest of threads, and weave those threads to make our most luxurious fabric.
BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN
Sunspel have been making wardrobe essentials since the 1860s. Our designs have evolved over decades – sometimes in great visionary leaps, more often in endless, slightly obsessive micro-improvements. But always with the goal of making the most comfortable underwear it is possible to wear.
The boxer short was a great visionary leap, an American idea reinvented and perfected in Britain. Just like the Beatles took American R&B to another level before selling it back to its home country, so Sunspel owner John Hill brought the boxer back from the States in 1947 before making two critical innovations. First, he created a back panel to replace the uncomfortable central seam; second, he introduced double-turned feldlock seams so that the whole garment feels like one smooth block of material.
The result was the best boxer short in the world: if the Fab Four couldn’t buy love, they could at least buy supremely comfortable underwear.
From T-shirts and trunks to open weave cellular cotton briefs for women, we put that same care and obsessive attention to detail into all our underwear designs.