Ian Fleming was amongst a broad bunch of sartorially attuned notables – also including Winston Churchill and Prince Charles – who regularly darkened the doors of Royal Warrant-holding shirtmaking Turnbull & Asser: and yet the maker of James Bond’s shirts in his books was never actually identified. The allusions in the prose to Sea Island cotton and Jermyn Street made it pretty obvious, though, which is why the director of 1962’s Dr. No, Terence Young (himself a loyal Turnbull) sent the recently departed Sean Connery to Jermyn Street before filming began on 007’s inaugural silver screen outing.
Now, the outfitters is celebrating the relationship they’ve enjoyed with MI5’s finest ever since with the launch of a refined and expanded James Bond collection. Each of the five new products it includes is a nod to garments worn by Bond on screen, a creative process which involved poring over archival products and paperwork, as well as film footage and stills.
“From the outset, Turnbull & Asser was the perfect fit for James Bond – built to withstand any situation with stylish sophistication,” says Steven Quin, Royal Warrant holder and Retail Director at Turnbull & Asser. “Our relationship with the James Bond film franchise over many decades has inspired this new and exciting capsule which embodies those original features and qualities of the ‘Bond’ wardrobe.”
See below for further selected highlights from the collection. Main pic: Casino Royale White Dress Shirt and Bow Tie (£275 and £120)