Our House Tweeds

Huntsman is the house of the bespoke tweed. Our signature cloth for more than 100 years, is known throughout the bespoke world for its bold, distinct checks and rich, earthy colour tones. A selection of vintage tweeds is reproduced below, an inspiration to create your own:

For the past two decades we have woven most of our tweeds on the Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland, working with one of the world’s oldest mills, run by the Covell family. Nestled next to a charming stream and set within characterful premises, this picturesque mill has always specialised in authentic Scottish tweed, and uses traditional looms, local spring water and the best Scottish raw woollen yarn to create cloths with unrivalled character and quality.

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We commission and weave a new collection every 18-24 months by limited edition. Ground shades are often kept classic, while over-checks offer a variety of striking, dynamic designs suited to the modern tailored wardrobe. Our tweeds are so iconic, in fact, that many customers consider themselves a part of Huntsman’s elite — a particularly tasteful sartorial club whose members declare they can recognise a Huntsman tweed at one hundred paces.

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The key to contemporary tweed is to create colours and patterns that feel suit-ably versatile — for sports coats or suits that can be worn in either town or country, to cocktail receptions and countryside suppers alike — and yet re-main suitably hard wearing and functional. With our century of experience in tweed, our archive and close links to the Islay woollen mill, we are uniquely placed to provide customers with tweeds that will become timeless, much-loved classics, suited to a variety of environments or occasions.

Occasionally we also take the opportunity to recreate special tweeds from our archives. In 2014, for example, we produced a collection of exclusive tweeds inspired by those worn by Huntsman’s famous patron Gregory Peck. Today, the Peck family retain clothes cut by Colin Hammick for Greg in the 1960s, and upon rediscovering one particularly striking checked sports coat, cut in an exclusive house tweed from 1961, we redeveloped the cloth, enlarging the original design and lending it a slightly softer, more contemporary finish. The redesigning and updating of historical fabrics is just one of the ways in which we keep the story of our tweeds alive and evolving, and we hope that this allows our customers to connect with a precious part of the house’s history. Email us to learn more about our house tweeds or to design your own!

Huntsman is where the finest clothes in the world are to be found – G.P.