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Sunspel Sea Island Cotton Autumn 2021 collection inspired by Ian Fleming

02 September, 2021

This autumn, Sunspel once again releases a Ian Fleming inspired collection of Sea Island Cotton pieces.

The Sunspel Sea Island cotton Riviera Polo Shirt in Navy

Earlier Sunspel Ian Fleming collections were released in 2018 and the Winter Collection in 2020.

Ian Fleming and Sunspel have a natural affinity, a shared appreciation of Sea Island cotton. A preferred fabric both for Fleming’s own wardrobe and that of his iconic creation James Bond. Sea Island cotton is one of the world’s most luxurious fabrics, making up only 0.0004% of the world’s cotton supplies.

sunspel vintage logoSea Island Cotton has an incredibly soft, silk-like handle that feels unbelievably soft against the skin. Sunspel has been working with this rare cotton since the 19th century. The name and archive Sunspel logos are references to the Caribbean ‘sunny spells’ and rain showers required for growing it. Read more about the Sunspel logo on the Sunspel website.

Fleming wore Sea Island cotton when writing at Goldeneye, his estate in Jamaica, and his literary creation, James Bond, can be found wearing Sea Island shirts and boxer shorts in From Russia With LoveMoonraker, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

"...At last, after shaving and putting on a dark blue Sea Island cotton shirt and navy blue ado worsted trousers, Bond slipped his bare feet into black leather sandals and went through the bedroom..."
From Russia With Love (1957)

This season, Sunspel has worked in collaboration with the Ian Fleming Estate to create a collection of classic Sea Island cotton menswear styles.

 

Sea Island cotton Riviera Polo Shirt

The Riviera Polo Shirt originally dates from the 1950s but today’s iconic slim fit and cut was tailored for James Bond in Casino Royale.

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Riviera Polo Shirt

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Riviera Polo Shirt

Available at Sunspel.com in Sea Island cotton, it is more luxurious than ever.

 

Sea Island cotton Knit Short Sleeve Polo Shirt

The Sea Island polo is a different model from the Riviera polo. It also has a matte three-button closure and rib detailing on the edges. Very soft soft and breathable fabric.

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Knit Short Sleeve Polo Shirt and Long Sleeve Polo Shirt

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Knit Short Sleeve Polo Shirt and Long Sleeve Polo Shirt

These cotton knit shirts are now available at Sunspel in four different colors.

 

Sea Island Cotton Shirt

This dress shirt is tailored on the shoulders and body for a slim fit.

sunspel sea island dress shirt

Sea Island Cotton Shirt in white and navy

The traditional full button-through closure and cuffs signal formality, while the removable collar stays allow for a more relaxed approach.

Shop the dress shirts at Sunspel

 

Sea Island cotton Roll Neck Jumper

A soft roll neck jumper knitted from 100% Sea Island cotton – perfect for luxurious layering in the winter months and a secret agent look.

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Roll Neck Jumper

Sea Island cotton Roll Neck Jumper

Shop this roll neck sweater at Sunspel

 

Sea Island cotton Sweatshirt

A refined take on the Sunspel sweatshirt, now made with Sea Island Cotton.

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Sweatshirt

Sunspel Sea Island cotton Sweatshirt

Shop this sweater at Sunspel

 

Visit the Sunspel x Ian Fleming website for all products and color variations.


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