Supima cotton – sustainable, transparent and traceable
Supima cotton is strictly regulated to maintain ethical and environmental farming standards, focusing particularly on water efficiency and soil health.
Supima cotton fields are laser levelled to make the best use of water, with responsible irrigation systems designed to restore soil moisture, promote soil health, and encourage wildlife. All Supima cotton waste products are fully compostable, to minimise waste.
Supima cotton’s journey is closely monitored and can be forensically traced at every stage from fibre and yarn to the finished product. When you buy a Sunspel Supima garment, such as a Classic T-Shirt or a pair of boxer shorts, you know that it is made from 100% Supima cotton.
Sunspel, Supima and Q82 jersey
Q82 - the Q stands for Quality – has been part of the Sunspel story for decades. It is a uniquely soft extra-fine cotton jersey, developed at our Long Eaton factory in 1982. Today, our Q82 cotton jersey is even luxurious because we use Supima, combined with production methods that offer the level of care and craft required to bring out the special qualities of this unique fabric.
To make our Q82 cotton jersey, extra long staple fibres are twisted together to make a strong two-fold yarn. This is passed over a flame to remove any overhanging threads, and double spun, producing a yarn that is incredibly smooth, fine and long-lasting. It is knitted into jersey fabric, on a circular machine that locks the yarns together and prevents twisting when washed, meaning that the garment retains its shape after many wears.
The fabric is then rope-dyed on rollers and laid by hand, so it can be examined by an expert. Once pulled from the roll, the fabric is allowed to rest; this ensures that each final manufactured garment holds its shape. All this work and care goes into a Sunspel T-shirt before it arrives at our English factory to be cut, sewn and finished by hand by our expert craftspeople.