British heritage brand Sunspel and French luxury label Lemaire have teamed up to launch a new capsule collection inspired by pared-back simplicity and a shared interest in quality fabrics. The resulting collection reflects Sunspel’s unique fabric innovation and heritage as well as Lemaire’s contemporary aesthetic.
Sunspel has had a longstanding history of creating exceptional fabrics since the brand was founded in 1860. Christophe Lemaire, former artistic director at Hermès, referenced warp knitting machines and archival Sunspel cellular fabrics dating back to the 1950s to create Sunspel x Lemaire oversized tanks and pocket T-shirts out of reinterpreted mesh fabric. Lemaire also used a classic pajama top and bottom silhouette from the Sunspel archives to create a matching black cotton poplin double pocket shirt jacket and loose-fitting elastic trouser with welt pockets.
“When we do a collaboration, we like to work with brands that have a similar attitude,” said Nicholas Brooke, CEO of Sunspel. “Lemaire is one such brand, and after visiting our archive they brought their discerning design handwriting and attention to detail to the development of some really interesting pieces. Two articles caught their eye — our archive mesh fabrics and pajama sets. It is a testament to the innovative attitude of our founder that mesh fabrics developed over 100 years ago can be reworked today in high fashion styles. It is also great when fashion designers turn to companies like ours, where the focus has always been on quality and fabric development.”
The Sunspel x Lemaire collection, which retails between $180 to $450, is now available for purchase in Sunspel stores and on Sunspel.com.