In 2020 Sunspel celebrates its 160th anniversary. As the company reaches this notable milestone, its reputation for uncompromising quality, luxury fabrics and timeless design remains undiminished. The company was founded in Nottingham in 1860, moving its operations to the present site at Long Eaton in Derbyshire in 1937.
Sunspel has always used its history and lessons of the past to shape its future. The idea of ‘no waste luxury’ originated during the Second World War when the exigencies of rationing meant that clothes had to be made to last. The company remains committed to the philosophy of ‘no waste luxury’ today, valuing timeless style over short-term trends. Sunspel creates clothes that will last and is constantly reviewing how it works to improve its environmental standards.
‘The way we approach sustainability is to create clothes that you want to wear and that will last for a long time,’ says CEO, Nick Brooke. ‘Lots of my own Sunspel T-shirts are over five years old and still going strong.’ Many of the factories Sunspel works with in Britain and worldwide are small, family- owned businesses, which share Sunspel’s belief in quality, ethical working practices and environmental responsibility. Sunspel has now been making its products at its factory in Long Eaton for more than 80 years. This long period of continuity has created a strong sense of community and loyalty amongst its dedicated team of craftspeople and seamstresses.
The way we approach sustainability is to create clothes that you want to wear and that will last a long time