The instantly-recognisable features of the Guernsey are the roll detail neckline and the tight hem and cuffs. For 19th century fishermen there were practical reasons for those: cuffs were kept short of the wrist so they could work without worrying about salt-soaked sleeves, and the tight fitted hems reduced the danger of getting fatally tangled up in rigging out on the seas.
Sunspel’s design retains these classic Guernsey features, even if the main practical benefit might be to keep you warm on a winter stroll.
That traditional navy blue colour, once made from natural indigo, is still the one you probably associate with Guernsey. But colours, too, evolve.
For the Sunspel Guernsey we’ve developed a military green and an archive white as well as the original navy – modern twists on the hardworking, maritime origins of the garment.
Sunspel has an obsession with developing contemporary interpretations of the best clothes the world has produced – creating luxurious updates on wardrobe essentials. And what could be more essential than weatherproof knitwear for sailors?
When you wear a Sunspel Guernsey sweater – on its own, under a Harrington for a casual winter look, or with an overcoat – you really are wearing a piece of British design history. It’s just that ours also happens to be both wearable and luxurious.