Our History

1849

Henry Huntsman sets up the tailoring shop Huntsman on Dover Street

1876

Receives first Royal warrant from Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII

1888

Huntsman receives the royal warrant for Queen Victoria

1901

Death of Queen Victoria. Huntsman ledgers show records for her funerary order. includes orders for the entire Royal household. The following page hosts orders for His Majesty the King.

1914

Huntsman was a tailor to the war effort. The company’s ledgers list hundreds of military customers, with 133 of them “killed in action.”

1917

Prince Ludwing von Battenberg, then Lord Louis Mountbatten registered as a customer of Huntsman.

1917

King Edward VIII is now a customer

1919

Huntsman moves to 11 Savile Row, an ex doctor’s house.

1920

Viscount Winston Churchill, Rudolf Valentino and Lord Charles Cavendish, Adele Astaire are amongst Huntsman's customer list

1921

Huntsman’s iconic stags are left at Huntsman by a customer off for a good lunch!

1926

King Alfonso of Spain becomes a patron of the firm

1940

Huntsman pioneers its innovative one button house style. It combines the elegance of a dinner jacket with the comfort and silhouette of a riding coat

1942

Colin Hammick joins Huntsman as an apprentice

1950

1950s Huntsman is the destination house for Hollywood stars, Clark Gable, Ronald Reagan, Lawrence Olivier, Dirk Bogarde, Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Elizabeth Taylor and her husbands

1953

Gregory Peck begins a fifty year relationship with Huntsman

1953

Huntsman dresses Clark Gable for his role in Mogambo

1955

Huntsman registers its first order for Katharine Hepburn

1959

The statuesque Rex Harrison places his debut order with Huntsman

1960

One of the greatest crooners of all times, Bing Crosby looks to the company for his sartorial care

1965

Cecil Beaton orders a green velvet suit, demonstrating his unique flair

1967

Huntsman clothes the England Football team for a promotional ready to wear line

1971

Colin Hammick regularly wins the Best Dressed Man of the Year Award, by Tailor and Cutter magazine, pipping the likes of Rex Harrison and the Duke of Windsor to the post

1971

Huntsman makes a suit for heartthrob and cinematic hero, Paul Newman

1992

Huntsman is blessed by Blass! Bill Blass, the famous American couturier fulfils his longtime desire to furnish his wardrobe with Huntsman

2002

Huntsman collaborates with Alexander McQueen for a special bespoke collection

2007

Huntsman launches its 1PP cloth collection, a range of seven super 180s cloths in a medium weight. The navy spot sells out within the first two months.

2009

Actor Mark Strong gets the Huntsman bespoke treatment for his role as Hani in Body of Lies

2010

Huntsman provides clothing for Colin Firth’s role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

2011

Huntsman makes the white tie ensemble worn by Lord Grantham in Downton Abbey

2014

Huntsman hosts its Gregory Peck retrospective

2014

Huntsman’s first polo team rides to victory at Sotogrande in Spain (August), a first for a team of Gentlemen

2014

Huntsman dresses Prince Harry’s Sentebale polo team for the Abu Dhabi Royal Salute Cup

2014

Hollywood action caper, Kingsman: The Secret Service is released. The film was inspired by Huntsman with many scenes filmed at the store

2015

Robert Bailey, formerly Head Cutter of Davies & Sons is appointed senior cutter in charge of Asian clientele

2015

Huntsman dresses LC:M International Ambassador, Hu Bing

2015

Apprentice Coatmaker Dionne Reeves wins the prestigious Silver Shears Award at the bi-annual Golden Shears competition

2015

Huntsman collaborates with Bentley Motorcars for a small range of bespoke garments

2015

Huntsman appoints two co Head cutters, home grown talent Dario Carnera, and Kilgour Head Cutter Campbell Carey. Carey also assumes the role of Creative Director

2015

November, Huntsman releases Infinity 3, judged the best wool on the market, sourced personally by Dominic Dormeuil from Saxon Merino wool in New Zealand

2015

133 Poppies were displayed in our window in memory of our customers who served in the war

2015

Huntsman lead Savile Row houses in historical show in America

2015

Creative director Campbell Carey first collection, variations on the smoking jacket

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Huntsman, a bespoke tailor of the highest tradition, with a history that stretches back over 150 years making the most extraordinary clothes for discerning gentlemen and ladies. The house has always prided itself on its rich heritage, and its reputation as one of the finest and most long-standing yet often innovative bespoke houses on Savile Row. Today, our extraordinary story serves as a reminder of the integrity, excellence and attention to quality that has defined the Huntsman suit for generations; standards which we strive to maintain in our tailoring today.

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Founded in 1849, the first Huntsman shop was established at No. 126 New Bond Street when our founder Henry Huntsman purchased a “Gaiter and Breeches Maker” formed forty years prior in 1809. As a bespoke tailors which incorporated an equestrian wear workshop, the house quickly gained a reputation for dressing the hunting and riding aristocracy of Europe for much of the nineteenth century, a specialism which became the very foundations of the house. Huntsman continues to make equestrian and sporting tailoring today and Henry Huntsman’s very own breeches are still displayed in the company’s Savile Row shop.

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In 1886, the company earned its first Royal Warrant as Leather Breeches Maker to HRH the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII). This was swiftly followed by that of Queen Victoria’s second son HRH Prince Albert, Duke of Saxe Coburg Gotha in 1876 and Queen Victoria herself in 1888. The company had by this point established itself as the premier destination for riding and country attire, a reputation which was retained throughout the twentieth century, during the Golden Era of Hollywood; photographs of Clark Gable and David Niven dressed in our riding breeches remain in the company’s archives today. The Duke of Windsor began to favour Huntsman’s riding attire at the advent of the 1920s and soon spread the word amongst much of his social circle. In his wake, orders were received from Adele Astaire, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Viscount Churchill, Rudolph Valentino and even one of the Duke’s own mistresses whose name we will still not reveal.

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Not all of our creations during the first half of the twentieth century reveal such light- hearted stories however. Huntsman was a key military tailor to British army officers during both the First and Second World Wars, and tragically, several ledger books remain in the company archives which list Huntsman dressed officers, as well as their unfortunate fates in the margins. Recently, the house created a dedicated front of house display of ceramic poppies, in recognition of the Armistice commemorating the 133 Huntsman customers who died during WWI between 1914-1917.

Between the wars, the 1930s saw Huntsman pass from its namesake family into the care of Mr Robert Packer. A brilliant manager, Packer’s influence saw the firm evolve from an equestrian and sporting tailor to a bespoke fashion house, setting the company firmly upon the path that it follows today. Quite apart from the wealth of significant clients he brought in, including Cecil Beaton, Marlene Dietrich, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Winston Churchill and Bing Crosby, to name but a few, he also revolutionised the way in which the house’s workshop operated. In an age when it was common to outsource work to other tailors, Packer insisted that all Huntsman garments be made entirely in-house, to maintain consistency and superior quality.

Come the 1950s, Hammick’s glamorous aesthetic and talent as a craftsman ensured that Huntsman established itself as the undisputed destination tailor for Hollywood’s leading lights. Our ledger books record orders from stars such as Clark Gable, Rex Harrison, Lawrence Olivier, Paul Newman, Dirk Bogarde, Katharine Hepburn and Gregory Peck, not to mention the clothes the house made for artists and fashion designers ranging from Sir Hardy Amies to Hubert de Givnechy and Bill Blass, to Lucien Freud; relationships with many of whom were to endure decades and influence the sartorial choices of others. The impact of the Golden Age of cinema, a heightened appetite for hitting the right sartorial notes and the development of new fabrics in the 1960s meant that under the continued guidance of Hammick, the company employed its largest ever workforce, counting over 130 tailors and cutters at work on its premises. Such an expansion is testimony to Huntsman’s uncompromising attitude; a bespoke tailors capable of producing work of the highest standard, entirely in house, for the most discerning and ambitious of individuals.

Indeed, the late 1960s and 1970s witnessed Huntsman rank very highly in the fashion stakes too. The world’s leading textile houses, including ICI relied on our company to create garments from its latest synthetics, with even Elizabeth Taylor joining in on the fun with an order for yellow nylon capri pants. Players from the winning 1966 England Football squad wore Huntsman as part of its ready to wear promotion in 1967 and Hammick became a regular on the International menswear circuit, capping off his superior standing within the industry and fashion elite by winning Tailor and Cutter’s prestigious Best Dressed Man of Year award in 1971.

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Ready-to-wear clothing was added to Huntsman’s portfolio in the 1960s already, by no less than our legendary head cutter Colin Hammick, followed by the introduction of our made-to-measure tailoring service, allowing the company to meet the requirements of clients with different yet utmost requirements These services are still offered to our customers today, with guidance on our current collections provided by Creative Director and Co-Head Cutter, Campbell Carey. With over 20 years of experience in luxury bespoke tailoring, as Co-head Cutter, Carey continues our long tradition of superior bespoke cutting, and is responsible for ensuring that the house’s ready-to-wear incorporates an authentic sense of Huntsman’s bespoke signature, as well as ensuring that our bespoke department furthers its focus on quality and attention to craft.

In short, our 167 year history has translated into a sartorial legacy that is unsurpassed as witnessed in our archives. Today, Huntsman’s clientele is surprisingly diverse, as a glimpse in our clients gallery will tell. Attracted by our uncompromising approach and quintessentially British style, and incomparable understanding of one’s sartorial needs, a large proportion of clients come to us from the United States, Asia and the Middle East – all regions we visit regularly, ensuring that customers and friends near or far can access our bespoke service, a selection of ready to wear and accessories, and have garments freshened-up and be fitted for new commissions.

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Today, Huntsman is owned by investor and bespoke enthusiast Pierre Lagrange and once more fields the largest in-house cutting team on Savile Row – a testimony to the commitment we make to create the finest suit possible entirely in-house. Carey directs the company’s creative output and leads our cutting team together with Co-Head Cutter Dario Carnera, both of whom take great pride in continuing to refine Huntsman’s house style, and in exceeding the expectations of our customers wherever possible. Carol Pierce joined as General Manager in 2015, after numerous years managing bespoke services at Dunhill, and is assisted by Johnny Allen, our bespoke client manager who has been for years the trusted advisor of our bespoke clientele.

In continuing to elevate the service we offer, 2016 sees the company open its first premises in America, unique for a Savile Row house, a pied-a-terre on 57th Street in New York, a base from which we can better serve our valued American clients.