Sunspel is a brand synonymous with luxury basics, cementing its place as one of Britain’s last remaining heritage labels since its inception in 1860. Pioneering a refined simplicity, such pieces boast a deep-rooted English style that still proves relevant to the modern male. Just as Sunspel offers understated excellence, a collaboration with a brand possessing equal influence upon the British fashion consciousness has presented itself in the form of Dr. Martens – undoubtedly one of the most identifiable names of counter-culture streetwear. Two brands with such extensive histories have become likely companions, crafting a luxury polo shirt under an emblem of ‘A Partnership of Craft’. Such statements have never proven more true.
The defining features of the Dr. Martens Ox Blood 1460 have been remoulded into a classic polo shirt that simultaneously references the preppy Oxbridge elite and the skinhead roamers of Rochdale. Channelling the power of the polo as a staple piece of British style, the red leather of the infamous 1460 provides the rich merlot colouring that utterly embodies Sunspel’s finesse for subtly opulent craftsmanship. The choice of Egyptian cotton smashes the age-old myth that practicality and fashion do not mix, and the piece is an ideal choice for welcome (yet thoroughly uncomfortable) summer afternoons. In the same vein as the oxblood colour, trademark yellow stitching of Dr. Martens successfully translates to golden collars and cuffs: a welcome accent that dilutes an otherwise overpowering colour. Overall, this collaborative piece is a product born of unadulterated luxury, and the end result is impeccably executed with the strengths of each brand being utilised to full advantage.
Whilst Sunspel and Dr. Martens may seem polar opposites, both have formed a partnership that is flawless in effectively combining the ethos of each brand. Such flair has produced a piece that is endlessly flexible, staunchly British, and most importantly, the ultimate in wearability. A collaboration well worth the investment.’
Written by Murray Clark, Contributor for Client Magazine