Sea Island Cotton - The Comfort of Choosing the Best
His two suitcases came, and he unpacked leisurely and then ordered from Room Service a bottle of the Taittinger Blanc de Blancs. When the bottle, in its frosted silver bucket, came, he drank a quarter of it rather fast and then went into the bathroom and had an ice-cold shower. Then he slipped on his dark-blue tropical worsted trousers, white Sea Island cotton shirt, socks and black casual shoes, and went and sat by the window and looked out across the promenade to the sea and wondered where he would have dinner and what he would choose to eat.
Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
A Warm Beginning …
Your Sea Island cotton polo shirt starts life as extra-long fibre cotton found growing only in the unique climate of the Caribbean: Barbados and Jamaica. Picked by hand and carefully processed in a traditional manner, the fibres (exceptionally fine but especially robust and representing just 0.0001% of world annual cotton production) are spun into yarn by Spoerry 1866 Fine Textiles in Switzerland. From there, the precious yarn travels to Italy where it is knitted and dyed to our specifications in one of 2,625 Pantone® colour options. As with all Niccolò P. fabrics, the Sea Island is given a gentle mercerised finish to add lustre while guaranteeing longevity and colour fastness.
…. A Cool Finish
The finished Sea Island fabric is hand cut to our proprietary fit pattern by a specialist factory in Vila Frescainha on Portugal's west coast. The world's finest mother-of-pearl buttons - sourced from sustainable farms run by indigenous families in Australia - are added using a fleur-de-lis stitch. The buttons are thick, beautiful, and durable, and dyed to precisely match the shirt where they should. Flat-felled seam stitching is used (5x longer to sew than regular seams and the hallmark of well-made shirts) giving a signature 'structured' style to the shoulders and sides as well as offering you exceptional wearing comfort.
Our Sea Island polo shirts are available in The Resort piqué knit, an open knit perfect for staying cool in warmer weather, and in Polo Superleggera®, our flagship jersey knit which is lightweight (but never transparent) and ideal for hot days by the pool or wherever you might find them. Join the 0.0001% today.