How Sunspel Reinvented a Wardrobe Staple: The Riviera Polo Shirt

Sunspel already have a storied history, from their founding in 1860, to introducing the UK to the boxer short back in 1947. However, the makers of finely crafted menswear have created a special edition of their Riviera Polo shirt in ‘Spectral Grey’, released to celebrate the latest Bond film, Spectre.

Created using a luxurious warp knit cotton mesh knitted on traditional lace machines, the Riviera Polo is a testament to the power of traditional manufacturing techniques. Peter Hill, the grandson of the company’s founder, Thomas A. Hill, invented the Riviera Polo’s fabric in the 1950s, using machines as found in the company’s birthplace and the heartland of the British lace industry, Nottinghamshire. Finding that traditional pique polo shirts weren’t really suitable to a Mediterranean, riviera climate, Hill’s Riviera Polo and its fabric was softer, lighter and more breathable while still being able to retain its shape.

Fast forward some 60 years and Academy Award winning costume designer Lindy Hemming is asked to style Daniel Craig in the new James Bond film, Casino Royale. Having a long working relationship with Sunspel, she turns to the Riviera Polo. Although unchanged since the 1950s, Sunspel and Hemming worked to update the shirt, making slight but essentially changes: it was slimmed across the chest and the sleeves were shortened for a sleeker, more contemporary silhouette.

Now, to celebrate the release of the latest Bond film, Spectre, Sunspel have released a special edition of their Riviera Polo in both short and long-sleeve shirts, released in special ‘Spectral Grey’.

Via Selectism

 

We currently have the Riviera Polo available in grey, moss green and navy.

 

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