LABELS, 1 of 3: Sunspel of England
Far be it from me to advocate wearing labels for labels’ sake, but I wanted to highlight a few recent pick ups of well-regarded brands at decent prices. While the specific deals I got aren’t available anymore, you can find similar ones without looking too hard. Good hunting.
Sunspel of England has been around for 150 years, and in that time has built a reputation for high-quality basics and underwear, handmade in the UK. They’re probably best known to American audiences for outfitting Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
In my quest to find a great undershirt for summer, I picked up two of these Sunspel cellular cotton V-necks from Sierra Trading Post for just over $11 a piece. While steeper than my usual staple—the $20 six-pack of Hanes V-necks—I figure $11 isn’t too bad if it means more comfort when temperatures approach the triple digits some time this summer. And it sure beats the retail price of $40.
The product description isn’t kidding when it says “ultra-breathable”—the fabric is the sort of open mesh you’d expect to find on basketball jerseys. This definitely can’t do double duty as a t-shirt, unless you’re into the whole “see-through” thing. I imagine the mesh should also mitigate one of cotton’s chief downsides: moisture retention.
The shirt itself is wonderfully soft and comfortable. I have about a 37” chest, and the 36 felt trim, but not overly tight. After trying it on, I ended up bumming around the house in it (thankfully, I didn’t have to answer the door).
I’ll still have to wait for summer to finally show up before truly testing these in real heat. May has been unseasonably cool here in NorCal. It even snowed in Tahoe this past weekend, and there’s more on the way in the next few days.
Tip: if you haven’t already subscribed to Sierra Trading Post’s DealFlyer emails, get on that. STP’s inventory includes well-regarded brands like Isaia, Pantherella, Lambourne, and of course Sunspel. While their regular prices are already low—often up to 50% off retail—you can knock them even lower with DealFlyer coupons, and these in turn often stack with a “Preferred Customer” discount applied at checkout. I’ve been able to get Isaia sport coats down to 80% off after all is said and done.