1860 - Sunspel is established.
Thomas Hill opened his textile factory in Newdigate, Nottingham, which was to become the centre of the British lace making industry. He used his fabric expertise to make lightweight, soft clothing in very fine cotton and pioneered the development of luxury undergarments, as we know them today.
Some of the earliest garments made in the Newdigate factory included tunics and undershirts that were some of the first t-shirts ever made.
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