Thomas A Hill founded Sunspel in 1860. His revolutionary idea to make simple, everyday clothing from beautiful fabrics soon established Sunspel as a pioneer in British craftsmanship. It was a time of invention and radical change – making underwear from soft, lightweight Egyptian cotton instead of traditional wool, importing and exporting all over the world, developing the world’s first t-shirts as we know them today and radically changing how women were perceived in the workplace as they replaced the conscripted men during the war years. After 1990 the brand caught the eye of many talented designers. Paul Smith, APC, Margaret Howell, Boys Company, Thom Browne – all people who recognised and appreciated Sunspel’s dedication to craft and ability to produce beautifully engineered clothes. In 2005 the company was bought by Nicholas Brooke and Dominic Hazlehurst. Both of whom understand the importance of preserving traditional techniques and updating them with a modern sensibility. Whether its launching a womenswear range, collaborating with costume designers from stage and screen, creating joint ventures with like minded brands, opening retail stores, launching new products or working with young talented designers such as Jonathan Anderson, one thing remains certain. Sunspel remains committed to creating simple, everyday luxury.