I'm one of THOSE species now – thinking ahead to what seasonal veg I should be cooking with for dinner when the other half comes home and buying him basic tees when I think his white ones are looking a bit tired and not 100% whitey-white. Pass the sick bucket if you please.
I promise there is some sartorial pleasure to be had though from this gross domestication process. It might be a trickle of influence streaming from Steve's blog or that I've seen such a glut of fashion that somehow appreciating things such as a basic white t-shirt is all of a sudden, a magical delight. When I popped into Opening Ceremony last week whilst in New York, in amongst all the cool brands that were there, I got most excited about a grey jersey t-shirt by Japanese label Filmelange. In London, it's Sunspel that's currently winning the basics/undies stake. Redchurch Street is becoming domestic goddess haven for me. I might come out of the Tea Biscuit building having been in a meeting, feeling accomplished and then decide that I can retreat into homey mode by popping into Caravan and looking at Chandelier drops, buying a nice loaf of bread and homemade jam at Albion and then going into Sunspel for some bright whites that of course Steve needs to go under his shirts. Where's that bucket again?
Sunspel is probably best known for two things really… Nick Kamen stripping down to some Sunspel boxer shorts in a 1985 Levi's ad and Daniel Craig wearing a Sunspel tee in Casino Royale. The actual pedigree of Sunspel is a bit more weighty than macho manly icons though. Sunspel started off as Thomas A Hill Ltd. in 1860 and later became Sunspel and is now based in Long Eaton in Derbyshire where everything is still made. The cotton and cashmere blends dubbed Q14, 74, 82 and 00 are part of Sunspel's trademark in creating long-lasting tees, polo shirts and men's undies. The more relevant part of all of this blurb though is that menswear and now womenswear designer J.W. Anderson was recently appointed creative director and has now broadened Sunspel to include womenswear for S/S 11.
Ah. The Redchurch Street habitual doting girlfriend shopping jaunt gets slightly more exciting and self-serving. I will soon be able to procure myself some striped tees and vests, elasticated crop tops and boxer skirts for myself to lounge around home in or leave the house safe in the knowledge that I have a breathable fabric foundation on beneath all my layers. I don't really have a set routine for buying my own basics, veering between Uniqlo and COS for certain things but Sunspel adds a slightly different offering that might also nicely eradicate the need to visit American Apparel (if they should disappear in a 'poof' of defaulted loan payments…). Is this in general going to make aesthetician's eyes pop out? Perhaps not. Take it as a sign of the times that I'm getting happy over a cotton t-shirt and elasticated boxer skirt.
That said, there was a particularly amazing cotton loose onesie that I saw at the Sunspel S/S 11 rail during press days that hasn't made it into the lookbook here. I'm sure J.W. Anderson will be finding some ways of opening Sunspel up to slightly more adventurous roads.