Welcome to MI6 Headquarters

This is the world's most visited unofficial James Bond 007 website with daily updates, news & analysis of all things 007 and an extensive encyclopaedia. Tap into Ian Fleming's spy from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig with our expert online coverage and a rich, colour print magazine dedicated to spies.

Learn More About MI6 & James Bond →

Sunspel's Ian Fleming Collection

24th January 2018

Inspired by Ian Fleming and James Bond, Sunspel has launched a new line of apparel using their favourite Sea Island cotton

MI6 logo By MI6 Staff
Share The Story

Ian Fleming was a fan of Sunspel, frequently wearing the brand’s Sea Island cotton in Jamaica, where he wrote the James Bond novels. In homage, Sunspel has produced a range of clothing made from the same rare cotton.

The range includes a Sea Island cotton version of Sunspel’s famous Riviera Polo Shirt, worn by Daniel Craig in the 2006 film Casino Royale, as well as crisp shirts, soft fully-fashioned knitted Polo Shirts and jumpers, and classic T-Shirts, and uses a cool, restrained palette of white, navy and sky blue.

Sunspel Ian Fleming James Bond

Sea Island cotton accounts for only 0.0004% of the world’s cotton supplies, making it one of the rarest cottons. It takes great skill to spin its fine fibr es, but when spun it produces the softest, silkiest cotton imaginable. The inventor of James Bond was fascinated by this fine cotton, which is still grown in the Caribbean today. He loved to wear clothes made from it, particularly when at his home in Jamaica, where he wrote all the Bond novels. A chance encounter with The Ian Fleming Estate confirmed that Fleming was a fan of Sunspel. It also explains why so often Bond is portrayed in Sea Island cotton shirts and short.

Sunspel Ian Fleming James Bond

Sunspel still imports the much sought-after, handpicked long staple cotton from the Caribbean, and this season has used it to make a distinctive collection characterised by great softness. The fine uniform texture, silky lustre, and great tensile strength of the cotton create clothes that are remarkably long lasting. The Sunspel design team looked to both Fleming and Bond when creating the capsule, hence the inclusion of the camp collar shirt and short sleeve knitted Polo which both have a retro 50s feel to them.

The collection is available at Sunspel stores and online at Sunspel.com, as well as at international stockists including Fortnum & Mason, Printemps, and Holt Renfrew.

You Might Also Like

Funko Pop! James Bond

Funko Pop! James Bond

Collecting The first wave of Funko Pop James Bond figures have been unveiled and are ready to pre-order
Ian Fleming Official Tee-Shirts

Ian Fleming Official Tee-Shirts

Collecting Out Of Print have produced a range of 007 apparel inspired by the first three Fleming book covers

Get Bond in Your Inbox

Sign up for occasional email updates from MI6. Get notified of breaking Bond news, and digests of recently releases features:

Share The Story

Open in a new window/tab