To celebrate the forthcoming release of SPECTRE a special edition of the Riviera polo shirt, as worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, has been created by Sunspel. For a limited time only the shirt will be available in a new colour, Spectral Grey, and is cut from the original block tailored to Craig’s exact measurements.
Sunspel’s link to SPECTRE doesn’t end there. The company has supplied a range of luxury underwear and t-shirts for Daniel Craig to wear in the forthcoming film. Styles include the stretch brief, the stretch boxer brief and the Riviera t-shirt. Having introduced the boxer short to the UK in 1947 and with more than 150 years experience in producing luxury underwear, Sunspel were the natural choice for outfitting Bond with these essential items.
The connection between Sunspel and Bond dates back to 2006 when Lindy Hemming, the Academy Award winning costumier, was tasked with reinventing the Bond character for Casino Royale.
Working from the Sunspel factory in Long Eaton, Nottingham, together they tailored the Riviera Polo – a style that Sunspel has been making since the 1950s – to best suit the modern man of action and style. The resulting garment has a slim fit, and slightly shorter sleeves than your average polo: ideal for accentuating a muscular physique. The Riviera Polo has been made to these amended specifications ever since.
Sunspel products supplied to SPECTRE
As is true with all Sunspel products, fabric is paramount to fit. The Polo is crafted from a unique cotton mesh fabric invented by Peter Hill, the grandson of the company’s founder, Thomas Hill. Affectionately referred to as Q (for Quality) 75, it was developed for keeping cool in the hot summer sun of the Italian Riviera. Knitted on lace machines – a nod to the Sunspel factory, which is located in the heart of what was once the lacemaking area of northern England – Q75 is softer, lighter and more breathable than cotton pique, which is traditionally used to make the polo shirt.
Sunspel is an authentic English heritage brand founded in 1860. Sunspel make exceptional quality, everyday clothing from beautiful fabrics. Iconic products include the earliest English T-Shirt, the original English Boxer Short and the Riviera Polo Shirt. Sunspel still has its own factory based in Long Eaton near Nottingham, where clothing is crafted from the world’s finest quality cottons.
Article originally posted on The James Bond Dossier:
Sunspel unveils ‘SPECTRE’ products