Integrity, excellence, craftsmanship and style have defined the Huntsman suit for generations.
Founded in 1849, the house has been patronised by high society from the outset, long enjoying a reputation as one of the most exclusive bespoke tailors in London. Huntsman moved to its current location at 11 Savile Row in 1919, and Hollywood took note in the ’20s, when the tailor dressed Rudolph Valentino. From then on Huntsman was favoured by Hollywood’s elite; the likes of Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich and Laurence Olivier were all clients, as was Gregory Peck, who ordered over 160 suits during his lifelong relationship with the house.
Other notable customers have included Queen Victoria and Edward VII, artists like Lucian Freud, David Bowie and Eric Clapton, and fashion designers, including Alexander McQueen.
Hunstsman is also the inspiration and backdrop for the enormously successful Kingsman film franchise and Kingsman’s director Matthew Vaughn has been a customer of the house since he was 18 when his mother purchased him his very first bespoke suit. The house’s iconic style, known simply as the ‘Huntsman cut’, is inextricably linked with this glamorous heritage. Characterised by a long coat with strong shoulders and a perfectly poised single button fastening, it is a timelessly elegant silhouette that lends itself to a comfortable yet sophisticated look – perfect for those in the professional arena or in the public eye and under the glare of the spotlight.
Huntsman’s appeal also lies in the fact that the house is one of the most forward-thinking tailors on Savile Row today. In collaboration with Toshi, Hunstman has created a personal home delivery service for its London clients. It has expanded overseas, with a larger pied-à-terre opening in New York last year and now Huntsman has taken its exceptional bespoke tailoring service on the road, launching the Airstream Bespoke Mobile Tailoring Studio to bring the brand’s legendary style directly to American doorsteps, representing the collision of classic British style with contemporary Americana.
Hunstman understands perfectly its clients’ appetite for craftsmanship and the care they put into every single garment. Its Tweed Creation Experience allows customers to design their very own tweed with Huntsman’s Creative Director.
Clients are flown to Islay in Scotland to see their tweed being woven and, after a bespoke jacket is made to start them off, a 30m bolt of their exclusive cloth is stored at Huntsman. Their material can then be used for different garments down through generations, creating one’s own enduring Hunstman heritage and style. Bespoke tailoring is about more than clothes, it’s a way of life; celebrating the very best that the human hand can make and that money can buy. It’s this dedication to extraordinary service that has long defined Huntsman’s relationships with its clients and their degree of authenticity and uncompromising sartorial ambition that cemented Huntsman as a British institution over a century ago.