Surprise and spoil your special someone this Valentine’s Day, and discover our Valentine's Day gift guide, with romantic gifts for him and gifts for her.
With the monotony of lockdown, it’s easy to forget those little gestures that show your loved one how much you care. Take time on February 14th to surprise your partner with a thoughtful gift, a way to make them feel special. Perhaps it’s a new fragrance, an excuse to get dressed up indoors, or sumptuous silk sleepwear. However and with whomever you choose to mark Valentine’s Day for 2021, there’s never been a better reason to spoil someone. Take time to re-imagine date night, so if you’re creating a candlelit picnic on your carpet, or taking a romantic walk together, choose a gift that surprise and delight! And if you can’t be with the one you love on February 14th, Huntsman can deliver directly to their door. If you’re stuck on great ideas, we’re here to help. You can connect with us and chat live online. Video shop in 11 Savile Row with our Client Managers, who are ready to help with styling suggestions and recommendations for our great romantic gift ideas for men and for women.
Huntsman’s Creative Director Campbell Carey was seduced by the theatre of a silk cloud being unravelled in an atelier in Tango, Japan. But that is only part of the story of how our new tie collection was curated…. Huntsman’s mission was to produce a tie collection across seven styles that suit our clients for an arc of occasions, a tie capsule wardrobe designed for clients that will transcend from generation to generation. The biggest tie collection made-to-date consists of over 185 designs that form a cohesive crest in the Huntsman legacy. The newly launched collection illustrates Huntsman’s appetite for reviving classic styles and imbuing a touch of contemporary design. To celebrate our centenary on Savile Row, we looked through each of our archives that chronicle our collections, dating back to 1919. Delving deep into the Huntsman vaults, we blew the dust off historic designs and uncovered an iconic signature basket-weave motif which caught our attention. Synonymous with club ties, a subtle design with intricate detail repeated. The Huntsman signature house colour palette was adhered to, compatible with our bespoke and ready-to-wear collections. Each tie features our house logo which has been hand stitched into the tipping, a finesse that will be appreciated for years to come.Exceptional quality underpins everything we do at Huntsman, which is why we sought to work with specialist suppliers, rich in culture, with a fastidious approach to applying traditional techniques to produce something extraordinary. The theatre that takes place behind the scenes in our supplier’s workshops can be appreciated in the look and feel of the product. Campbell Carey, pondered the provincial map, finally landing in Tango, Japan- which is celebrated for its rich history of weaving fine silks and has been doing so for over 300 years. Huntsman’s kimono ties are produced in a range of blue hues, aptly inspired by their woven location, the Sea of Japan.We also looked to the artisans of Europe, selecting an atelier in Germany to produce our new knitted ties, using state of the art machinery and drew design inspiration from traditional folding techniques. We believe that ties are the pinnacle of any suit. Our emphasis for perfecting the collection lies within a larger framework, joining the dots between our suiting and accessory collections. The rise in ties becoming a prominent line in our collection winks at the evolution of our client’s appetite for a top-to-toe service that we are delighted to provide. Although principally the ties were created to complement Huntsman house-style suits, they are also the natural choice for gifting. Grant a loved one or dear friend with a special gift with a discernible difference. A gift that transcends the owner, lending itself to generations to come. You can shop our full collection online or in-store at 11 Savile Row
This Father’s Day, give something special back to dad
For the man that gives so much, Father’s Day, Sunday 16th June, is the perfect opportunity to give something back, in gesture at least, with a gift from Huntsman.
The relationship we have with fathers is one so special, Huntsman feels privileged to have a role of confidante in the relationship between fathers and their daughters and sons, dressing dynasties since Henry Huntsman and Sons opened doors in 1849.
Huntsman offers an extensive selection of accessories and to help you pick something special for dad, we asked some of the fathers and sons at Huntsman to give us their favourite picks; gift ideas they'd love to give and receive!
and let Huntsman help you celebrate your Father on June 16th.
Huntsman announces innovative collaboration with Reebok
Today, Huntsman and Reebok proudly revealed a daring experimental creative endeavor in sportswear innovation that explores non-traditional applications of technical fabrics. Using Reebok's new Flexweave footwear material, Huntsman & Sons has created a classically-tailored suit made entirely out of the groundbreaking textile.
The bespoke suit, made specifically to the measurements of Reebok ambassador and superstar WR Brandin Cooks, is the only one of its kind, showcasing the sleek and mobile fit for Cooks' athletic physique.
Huntsman Creative Director Campbell Carey and Brandon Cooks
The Flex Weave suit
The partnership originated from the desire to explore the unique features of the Flexweave material, namely its flexibility, versatility, and durability, combined with the attention to detail and precision of one of the longest serving tailors on London's Savile Row to create a technical garment that transcended the realm of footwear.
See how the final fitting with Brandin and Huntsman Creative Director Campbell Carey unfolded here.
A signed pair of Flex Weave trainers is available to bid on here through our lifestyle auction hosted by Sotheby's.
Huntsman and Bentley host a party in celebration of the Cheltenham Festival
Last night, Huntsman hosted a soirée in collaboration with the legendary car manufacturer Bentley, to celebrate the fast approaching Cheltenham Festival. On arrival, attendees were given a silk pocket square that featured an illustration of the new Bentley Bentayga parked outside the Huntsman premises, drawn by Liam Wales. Tweed garments, accessories and racing silks could be seen throughout the shop; an indicator of what to wear this racing season.
The Cheltenham party kept up Huntsman's tradition of being synonymous with quintessential British aristocratic style with guests including style guru Stephen Bayley, film-maker Philip Knatchbull and society milliner Lady Laura Cathcart.
Philip and Wendy Knatchbull
Stephen Bayley and friends
Upstairs, in Huntsman's new event space, Bentley's talented craftsmen and women demonstrated to partygoers the process of marking and hand stitching the iconic leather steering wheels.
Downstairs, Huntsman displayed their new bespoke jumper selection; clients can now have jumpers created with whatever slogan they desire written across the front. The choice for the evening was the names of horses racing in Cheltenham this year, such as Mite Bite and Top Notch.
Other attendees included Dragon's Den Touker Suleyman, model Miles Bugby, influencer Louis Nicolas Darbon and explorer twins Hugo and Ross Turner.
Miles Bugby and Bella Buchanan
To see how the night unfolded, visit our Youtube channel here
Inspired by a great American theme, this cloth is made from Australia’s finest merino wool, using skills passed down through generations of Britain’s clothmakers. Understated and elegant, it nevertheless has a bold, expressive streak with its name marked in red, white and blue on the selvedge.
“This cloth combines the lustre and wearability of a super fine two ply merino worsted wool and the depth and kind hand of cashmere with the luxury of one of nature’s rarest fibres,” Ed Turco, Huntsman’s US Director, explains.
Its origins are to be traced to the north of England and Huddersfield’s famous Broadfield Mill on Albert Street. It was there in the 1960s that the first version of the cloth was made. Now, in this unique collaboration between Huntsman and Dugdale Bros, it has been further enhanced with the addition of extra picks and ends, which make the fabric firmer so that it will hold its shape. For the wearer, this brings that quiet pleasure of always looking impeccable, no matter how hectic the schedule or long the journey.
The wool used is sourced from sheep stations like Hillcreston in Australia, which can trace its flock back to some of the first merino sheep that arrived on the continent. Fleeces are handsorted to ensure that only the finest sections are used in preparing the yarn. This is then dyed and spun to exacting levels of colour and strength, in order to guarantee consistency.
On arrival in Huddersfield, the yarn is put on to modern dornier looms, which add a density and tightness to the weave, without adding too much weight. The cloth is then scoured in the area’s famous soft water, using natural palm oil.
To finish, it goes through a process dating back to the 1600s, known as the London shrunk. This is a time-consuming and skilled craft, which sees the cloth folded between layers of damp fabric, before being dried. As a result, it will neither twist nor wrinkle as it passes through the cutter’s scissors and the tailor’s needle.
Huntsman’s Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection is intended to reflect the timeless style, superior craftsmanship and clean-cut elegance of Huntsman’s bespoke clothing in every respect.
With a timeless aesthetic in mind, subtle use of texture is key to the collection. Suits and separates are cut in luxurious herringbones and hopsacks that lend themselves to a soft, contemporary look. Suitings are lightweight wool, designed to both travel and breathe easily, whilst separates range from lightweight navy cashmere blazers, to soft cream and ecru blended sports coats. The colour palette is sartorial and restrained, with ecru and ivory sitting alongside classic navy, English cornflower blue and soft sky blue for a pop of colour.
Campbell has also introduced a range of sophisticated, perennial eveningwear looks, creating our iconic house-style dinner dress in ready-to-wear. Whether it is the signature shawl-collar single- breasted dinner suit in black barathea, or an elegant midnight blue single-breasted dinner jacket, the collection is able to fulfill all formalwear requirements. The quality of design and manufacture throughout is uncompromising, intended to reflect the high standards that we set ourselves, offering customers a collection of considered and elegant options to draw upon this spring.
The prize for the ten outfits he judged the most “stylish, interesting, and original,” was an invitation to attend a dinner hosted at Huntsman’s Savile Row headquarters, to brighten up the otherwise lacklustre month of January.
The dinner, which Crompton hosted together with Huntsman’s owner and chairman Pierre Lagrange, took place at Huntsman last week. There, ten readers of Permanent Style – who had flown in from far-flung locales including New York; Munich; San Antonio, Texas; and San Francisco, California – chatted about all manner of sartorial matters, from what formal wear means today to the unrivalled appeal of a bespoke suit. Addressing the table ahead of the dinner, Lagrange spoke of the luxury of having a bespoke suit made: “Once you’ve crossed that Rubicon, there’s no looking back,” he said. “It makes us feel comfortable, powerful, sexy, all of the above. It’s a great thing.”
Leslie Cuthbert in his velvet jacket and waistcoat, blue bow tie and patent leather shoes
Edmund Schenecker in his Bluebonnet Tartan of Texas, kilt and waistcoat, and Prince Charlie coatee
The evening’s menu was created by Matthew Ryle, chef at Notting Hill’s Casa Cruz, and the soon-to-be opened Isabel by Casa Cruz in Mayfair. Among the globally-inspired dishes were sea bass carpaccio, burrata and roasted tomatoes, grilled fillet steak, and blackened chicken, with poached pear tart and chocolate gateau for pudding.
As for what the guests wore, their inventive outfits included a Prince Charlie coatee and kilt, worn by Edmund Schenecker of San Antonio; an Ede and Ravenscroft blue velvet jacket, worn by Londoner Leslie Cuthbert; and a high-collared achkan jacket, sported by Meekal Hashmi.
“What I really like, is that gathered around the table this evening is we have lots of different reflections of ,” said Crompton during the evening. “We have very classic evening wear, we have dinner jackets, we have velvet jackets...but we also have suits, we have tweed as well.” He also opined on how the “rules” of formal wear are ever-evolving. “Formality means very different things to different people these days...for some people, wearing any jacket at all is a very formal event,” he said. “It seems fairly predictable that at some point in the future, a worsted suit would be the thing you wear in the evening.”
Meekal Hashmi wears a traditional achkan with white cotton trousers
And to make the most of the sheer variety of formal wear on display, after dinner guests took to the main floor of Huntsman, where they posed motionless for the viral social media phenomenon, Mannequin Challenge. Head to Huntsman’s Instagram page to see the results, with the guests’ sartorial flair captured as if frozen in time.
Watch the dinner unfold as well as Simon and Pierre's thoughts on the evolution of formalwear in the video below.
Huntsman, bespoke tailors on Savile Row, has a natural affinity with the legendary horse racing event Royal Ascot, given both the meeting’s very British nature, and its reputation as a showcase for racegoers’ sartorial flair. Previous years saw Huntsmen gracing the noblest enclosures, from Gregory Peck to Sir John Warren, the Queen’s racing manager.
Gregory Peck in bespoke Huntsman Morningwear at Royal Ascot
The ladies relaxing in between races
Huntsman garments aboard the interior of the Rosebery
This year, Huntsman celebrated Ascot by hosting its own event for a few select guests in the race meeting’s grounds. The house took up residence at the Rosebery, a grand London Routemaster bus in a racing green livery, transformed into a cocktail bar and private dining room, standing in Ascot’s Number 1 car park, literally on the racetrack.
There, guests including Guy Pelly and his wife Lizzie, Huntsman CEO Philippe Brenninkmeijer, Lord Porchester, Jake Warren, and François Lagrange all gathered for a delicious Champagne lunch and a bird’s eye view of the racecourse from the bus’s top deck. The vintage 1966 bus directly overlooks the racecourse, and is nearby to the Royal Enclosure, meaning that guests could wander between the bus and the rarefied enclosure, as the mood took them.
Huntsman CEO Philippe Brenninkmeijer alongside Francois Lagrange & Bastiaan Don - all three in Huntsman bespoke morningwear
Lord Settrington & Guy Pelly
After liveried waiters served a lunch of heirloom tomatoes and burrata followed by mint and coriander-marinated lamb cutlets, guests took a look at Huntsman’s equestrian-inspired designs displayed on mannequins dotted about the bus. They included, ‘The Machir’ Huntsman’s latest AW16 Tweed Sports Coat and a beautiful royal blue ladies smoking jacket. Also on show was an equestrian bust from Huntsman’s archives, which the the house would have used in the past to fit riding coats for its clients, to ensure they’d look their best while sitting on a horse.
Guests could also place bets on the races from the comfort of the bus, as bookmakers from Fitzdares were on hand to take bets and offer tips.
As the afternoon unfolded, guests flitted between the Royal Enclosure and the bus – making sure not to miss an afternoon tea of cucumber sandwiches and fresh scones – before the final race took place at 5pm.
Huntsman CEO Philippe Brenninkmeijer alongside Francois Lagrange & Bastiaan Don - all three in Huntsman bespoke morningwear
And the festivities carried on well into the evening, when the bus threw open its doors as a cocktail bar, the hotspot of the day’s afterparties. Guests including Lord Settrington, Otis Ferry, Lady Alice Manners and Maye Musk (Elon’s mother), reconvened for drinks and dancing, fuelled by a cocktail that the independent British distiller Sipsmith had created for the night named ‘The Huntsman’, a variation on their Summer Cup.