“Our 150-Year Tradition, Dedicated To Those Who Strive For A Luxurious Approach.”

Sea Island cotton has been the foundation of Spoerry’s rare and precious top-quality yarns for over 150 years. The cotton prized for Kings and Queens, Sea Island cotton is universally recognised as the finest cotton in the world.


The cotton has received unsolicited endorsement from Ian Fleming whose fictional character James Bond accepting nothing less than a Sea Island cotton shirt between himself and his holster.

“Cultivated exclusively on the British West Indies islands in the Caribbean”

These precious fibres are cultivated exclusively on the British West Indies islands in the Caribbean where the climatic conditions are ideal for their growth.


True to its quality commitment, Spoerry 1866, in cooperation with local farmers, maintains its own plantation and fibre processing plant in the Caribbean. In this way the company has direct control over the cotton’s quality.

“Sea Island cotton is picked by hand..”

…and processed using a gentle traditional method which today, in our industrial society, is no longer mastered by many people. We believe this is a positive contribution to the ecological balance. This is the only way in which the length of the fibres can be combined with their fine, homogenous structure.


In accordance with our philosophy we select the cotton manually, in the traditional way, in order to be able to guarantee top quality.


These efforts result in a unique blend of fibres with outstanding strength, a natural silken sheen and an unbelievable feel that cannot be found elsewhere.

“The Black Seed”

The seed of Sea Island cotton, Gossypium Barbadense or better known as ‘black seed’, is a strain that is clearly different from all other types of cotton.


It produces the longest fibres in the world with pile lengths of more than 50 mm.


That is 20% longer than the fibres of other types of fine cotton. This ensures a perfect yarn structure, low felting tendency and clear weave pattern.

“A Rare Commodity”

The production of sea island cotton as a proportion of total worldwide cotton production is no more that 0.0004 percent. There is a specialist organisation called WISICA International (West Indian Sea Island Cotton Association International) which inspects and certifies every kilogram of locally produced cotton.


Like almost any rare commodity, the cotton strangely multiplies on its journey from the fields to the shops; there is a lot more sold than harvested!


To counteract this phenomenon, the WISICA licensing system and a network of long-term contractual partners are in place to guarantee the purity of this precious raw material.


In addition, a special hologram is used as a sign for the 100-percent authenticity of Sea Island cotton.


Only cotton with the numbered hologram certificate is guaranteed to be 100 percent genuine.

If you are looking for a cotton that is as soft as cashmere, long-lasting as wool and extraordinarily hard-wearing, then….

Want to learn more about the metrics of the numerous types of cotton that Spoerry1866 offers?


If so then click here to view our cotton chart. If not why not learn about us through Our History