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.
This hotly-anticipated occasion in the game shooting calendar sees enthusiasts convene on the heathery moors of northern England and the Scottish Highlands, where guns – as those who take part are known – gather to shoot the red grouse, a bird native to Britain.
The grouse flies low, at around 60 miles an hour, meaning that a successful shot requires the utmost skill and concentration. Indeed, those shooting and spectating are instructed to speak in hushed tones and dress in tonal colours, so that they don’t stand out on the moors. Birds are known to have turned at the sight of an inadvertent bright color worn by the disappointed gun from 300 yards up.
To celebrate the start of the season, Huntsman, befitting the house’s heritage in country pursuits, has recreated the scene of a shoot in the Scottish Highlands in its Savile Row window. The backdrop is set with a carpet of heather, guns from Purdey, and pheasant feathers from our Chairman’s shoot, while the mannequins are clad in Huntsman’s distinguished shooting garments, following the tradition of taking their colours from nature. The tweeds are in tones of browns and grass green - with a touch of purple for the heather - designed to harmonise with the landscape, all the better to camouflage the wearer from the birds. To complete the country scene, the display features Huntsman's new, exquisite picnic basket. Click here to order your Huntsman picnic basket; an essential for any elegant 11's.
Huntsman picnic basket
Huntsman Double Gun Slip
Huntsman’s window spotlights a summer temperatures light brown gabardine shooting suit – complete with jacket, waistcoat, and breeches - that belonged to Eric Clapton, along with a bespoke lady’s shooting garment - a relative rarity on Savile Row.
Click here to schedule an appointment to create your own Clapton-style grouse/quail/summer shooting suit
For ladies, there’s a three-piece shooting suit - cut to retain the elegance of a woman’s silhouette, whilst allowing for movement out in the field. The suit’s jacket is cut with shooting pleats, a half belt at the back, and bellows pockets with a claret suede trim. And in keeping with Huntsman’s signature cut, it has one button and a high arm hole. The plus two trousers are cut to flatter the figure, hugging the small of the back and draping over the seat and thigh.
To discover more about crafting your own ladies’ shooting suit and to discuss your options with a Huntsman Client Manager, click here.
Huntsman is unveiling its tweed Shooting accessories- an all-important part of one’s gear. Proudly sporting our bespoke house tweeds, they are available to buy now. ready for the shooting season. Pieces span from a tweed covered rifle slip, to a Peck tweed cartridge pouch. Which, if you so wish, are also available in any tweed that fits technical criteria, using our bespoke services.
Click here to discuss your bespoke shooting accessories options with a Huntsman client manager.
Single Gun Slip
Double Gun Slip
Tweed Covered Cartridge Pouch
Also available in our ready-to- wear collection, is the Green Cawdor Tweed Flat Cap, that evokes the mossy tones of the grouse moors, through to alpaca wool shooting stockings with garters and trims– that protect the legs while wearing short breeches, and come in tones of olive green and slate grey - to alpaca shooting mittens, to guard the hands against the cold while shooting.
Lastly, for bedtime, why not slip on one of our new house tweed printed silk pyjama, for dreaming of you or your partners on the fields?
Click here to buy the Huntsman house tweed silk pyjamas.
Pay a visit to Huntsman to pick your colours now, staking your claim as the most stylish gun on the moors, or just to talk shooting with our enthusiast client managers and cutters.
Huntsman proved that there’s no room for unkindness in the sartorial world earlier this week, when the house hosted an event at its Savile Row headquarters in support of Be Cool Be Nice, the anti-bullying movement. The movement’s aim is to advocate kindness, good manners, and civility, alongside encouraging positive interactions on social media.
Pierre Lagrange, Wendy Knatchbull, Daisy Knatchbull and Ebs Burnough
With the Be Cool Be Nice book published in October – described as “a starter pack for a positive online life” – the Be Cool Be Nice movement launched with a slew of designers and celebrities celebrating and promoting the cause. Alongside names such as Marc Newson, Lenny Kravitz, Marc Jacobs, and Alber Elbaz, Huntsman has designed a teddy, which wears the house’s country tweeds and a flat cap.
“Huntsman are pleased to support BCBN's action against bullying,” said Huntsman’s chairman Pierre Lagrange. “Whether it is in enterprise, at home or at school, there is no room for bullying practices and negative energy. We are eager to encourage positive behaviour, and nothing beats that message coming from creative leaders and influencers who are listened to by young people.”
The party, meanwhile, was a multi-generational affair. A group of 30 children aged between 10 and 12 were entertained upstairs in the Savile Row space by party organizers Sharky & George, who devised a series of Be Cool Be Nice games - that illustrated just how easily bullying can happen, all while keeping the mood fun. In between games, the children nibbled on cakes and Be Cool Be Nice biscuits, while a caricaturist sketched their likenesses.
“This collection is inspired by short getaways, be it work, leisure or perhaps a bit of both, which is how I live! Hence it has everything covered for those of us who prefer to travel light.New additions to our perennial house styles include a linen Glen check ‘Hollywood ‘trouser without waistband, reversed pleat and dropped belt loops allowing for total comfort in any heat. We also have a contemporary safari jacket which is the ultimate traveller’s go to for slinging over an open neck shirt, polo shirt or even t-shirt. Made in a natural, undyed linen hopsack with a hairline rust overcheck with four ergonomically conceived patch pockets, this piece only gets better with wear.As always, Huntsman ready to wear offering is designed so that every piece can work as a combination in an outfit and as a smart way to compliment ones bespoke wardrobe.”Huntsman’s Creative Director - Campbell CareyThe arrival of spring motivates us once again to look outdoors for our leisure pursuits. Whether at home or abroad, our attentions turn to the ideals of a summer getaway. If you’re looking toward a stolen weekend, or decamping to more tropical climates for the season, the spirit of travel is optimised in the design of the Ready To Wear collection.It is the postcard perfect visas of the world’s’ most glamorous rivieras which is captured in this nuance of this collection. A collection designed to keep you looking your best, whatever the occasion, wherever in the world.This season we have designed a classic flat front linen trousers, available in vibrant green, camel and denim.Perfect teamed with one of our linen sports coats or a classic hopsack blazer, which we continue from Autumn - Winter, but now in a light grey and mid blue for summer. The hopsack blazer is a fantastically versatile piece and as such should be regarded as a wardrobe staple, great for both work and play... Incredibly easy to wear; the two and two composition of the open weave makes this jacket both airy and comfortable.Ancient piazzas at dusk and the first light on the harbour at dawn have inspired the colour pallet of our blazers and trousers; tones of russet and cork in the windowpane check sport jacket, which is cut to create a more casual silhouette.This jacket is intended for those less than formal affairs, which become increasingly popular as the evenings get longer and temperatures permit, but when one may still need a blazer. In using thinner shoulder pads, lighter and less canvassing and a soft sleeve head, it gives the wearer an air of unconventional elegance and total comfort.As well as flat front linen trousers, the collection also features a standout glen check Hollywood trouser. Inspired by the golden age of Hollywood and leading men in exotic locations, one could almost imagine the likes of Clark Gable or Paul Newman sporting a pair whilst sipping cocktails at the poolside.Wherever you’re heading this summer, make sure you’re properly attired with Huntsman. Check before you’ve closed your case that you’ve packed essentials like sunglasses and cologne. For summer, try pairing linen and light cottons with the lively full bodied citrus notes of our Assam and Grapefruit fragrance. All of our Ready To Wear collection is also available as Bespoke orders. You can chat to us for styling advice, product information or questions about our bespoke services via our intercom.
Among the many illustrious names written into the Huntsman ledgers is that of Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook. For many years, the Savile Row tailor had the honour of dressing this extraordinarily stylish and successful press baron and politician, whose commitment and drive did much to shape Britain's history in the first half of the twentieth century. Now a collaboration with Beaverbrook Golf Club has enabled Huntsman to explore the connection and create a new classic blazer for the Members of this most exceptional Private Members Club.
Conceiving a bespoke blazer for both the Golf Club's Lady and Gentlemen Members, the Huntsman team looked back to clients whose names appeared alongside Beaverbrook's in its ledgers. These included people like Katherine Hepburn and Gregory Peck, whose elegance and style have helped to inform the creation of a sleek, flattering single breasted, one button Dreadnought blazer. A design that takes its name from a Royal Navy battleship, the HMS Dreadnought, in a nod to the fact that its cloth was originally used for naval uniforms.
Did you know… To this day the controversy on the origin of the first blazer is still raging. One button, named after the bright red jacket (if a colour blazes, it is extremely bright!) worn by members of the Lady Margaret Boat Club, the St John's College Cambridge rowing club? Or double breasted, as found on the dashing Commander of HMS Blazer, when hastily honouring a young Queen Victoria on her visit in 1837?
Katharine Hepburn, past Huntsman client
Earl Mountbatten of Burma, a regular visitor of the Beaverbrook Estate
For Beaverbrook's Gentlemen Members, the subtle, stylish impact of the blazer is transformed with a glimpse of the silk lining, which bears the mark of a Spitfire wing and its iconic red, white and blue roundel on each side. For the Ladies, there is the striking repeated pattern of the Spitfire silhouette, a sight no doubt seen from the ground many times during the Battle of Britain. To reinforce the association, each of the buttons, on the sleeves and at the front, carries the distinctive Beaverbrook logo of the Spitfire. The end result is a stylish, modern take on a great British classic and a proud moment in Britain's history, created in the tradition of Huntsman, contemporary since 1849.
Huntsman x Country Life Style Diaries: The Business Suit
Over the course of 2018, Country Life is releasing a series of style guides, in conjunction with Huntsman, detailing the proper way to dress for a modern gentleman. This is the fourth part: the business suit.
Double or single breasted, two or three piece, flannel or cashmere- dressing appropriately for the office can be a minefield. Huntsman's Head Cutter, Campbell Carey, explains how to negotiate the sartorial choices of the boardroom. Watch the video here.
When it comes to whether to go single or double breasted, with the business suit, it's all down to personal preference.
A double breasted suit only really works well when buttoned up, so it can be quite limiting.
A pinstripe suit doesn't really work out of the office environment, but if you have your heart set on one, think about the size and proportion of the stripe. A bold stripe can highlight a good physique, and a fine, narrow stripe can elongate the body, making the weave look taller and slimmer.
Alexander McQueen in his double-breasted Huntsman bespoke suit
Navy Pick and Pick suit
A three piece suit is incredibly versatile; a three piece, with the jacket undone, gives the wearer a sense of elegance and confidence. If it's not too cold in winter, then a three piece suit in flannel with a scarf can go a long way.
The main thing to consider when ordering a suit is cloth choice. A charcoal grey or a navy blue, in a decent weight will see you through 10 months of the year, and, if looked after, should last you 10 or 15 years, or more.
It's important not to fall into the trap of trying to make a suit look your own. A properly cut suit in a well-considered cloth will ensure the garment will fit into many occasions, be it business or social.
Then there is the question of which shoes to wear. I can still hear the words of an aged gentleman in the store when I was an apprentice, bellowing out "Brown shoes east of Ascot!"- he was absolutely horrified! I occasionally wear brown or suede with my sports jacket, but it's mainly black for me.
The Huntsman business suit style is one button, with slanted pockets and side vents. The trousers have a flat front, with plain bottoms, and no belt.
The ideal business suit is in Huntsman's ready to wear collection, with a lovely grey and navy blue fabric- it is the perfect combination of subtlety and sharpness.
Navy Fresco suit
Cheltenham Festival: Huntsman's Style & Racing Tips
Having our roots in the equestrian world since 1849, Huntsman’s early designs began marrying equestrian wear with bespoke tailoring leading to our highly distinguishable House silhouette. Recent years have seen Huntsman remain involved in racing, luckily counting ourselves as a members of the 5 Hertford Street Racing Club, with two fillies: Hertford Dancer & Struck by the Moon (who scored a mighty win in December), we are very hopeful for over the next coming year.
It seems only fair for us to share with you our top style tips for this week's festival from Head Cutters, Campbell Carey & Dario Carnera. We are delighted to have teamed up with the esteemed Highclere Thoroughbred Racing whose ‘scout’ Rolf Johnson, shares his two best chances for you for Day 1 of the festival and a few to watch for this week.
Introducing Huntsman Ready To Wear Spring Summer '17 (SS17)
As always, our Creative Director and Head Cutter Campbell Carey has designed our ready-to-wear tailoring to reflect our bespoke creations and to make dressing for any occasion as elegant and effortless as possible.
Hand tailored in England, featuring our signature one-button silhouette, suiting remains the backbone of Spring Summer ‘17, cut in lightweight cloths that combine a traditional bespoke character with high-performance. A sophisticated starting point for clients is our navy and mid-grey sharkskin two-piece suits, both tailored in lightweight worsted with a smooth finish, these are designed to go anywhere and do anything in an elegant and understated fashion. Complementing these two pieces, we also have our signature navy tonic suit, refined for 2017.
A key piece of the season, the design uses a 60% mohair cloth, which lends its strength, lightness and a clean-cut finish. Perfect for business with a pale striped shirt and tie, or with an open-collared poplin shirt for dinner or drinks in the evenings. All our suiting this season is cut with perfectly proportioned notched lapels and gently slanting flap pockets in deference to our bespoke house style. Trousers are cut with a flat front and side-adjusters as standard, with spare belt-loops to be swapped-in if preferred.
Weekend wear and tailored separates feature prominently in the collection, and Carey has introduced a number of timeless designs with a focus on high-performing natural fibres. Alongside our lightweight navy cashmere blazer, perfect for business or pleasure, we’ve introduced two sports coats in soft natural linen and a timeless shade of navy; each with notched lapels, twin-rear vents and pleated patch-and-flap pockets - a chic detail taken from the house’s archives. Our new navy 100% bamboo sports jacket uses a new bamboo cloth, performant and sustainable. Bamboo is a rare and precious fibre, which behaves like silk, is just as breathable and considerably more hard-wearing. The result is a unique jacket that performs brilliantly right through the season. Alongside staple shades of mid and pale grey, warm brown tones are very seasonal, so the collection includes a sumptuous Italian cream linen herringbone jacket, taupe Prince-of-Wales checked jacket and rich tobacco linen trousers for a seasonal nod to contemporary fashions.
Campbell revisited the trousers, focusing on naturally elegant cross-welt pocket trousers, perfect for pairing with blazers and sports coats. Cut in lightweight and luxurious cotton-cashmere twill for unbeatable softness, they feature a medium-high rise, contemporary leg and belt loops for a relaxed look. In ecru, camel and mid-blue they offer a refined colour palette that’s perfect for the warmer months. Like all our tailoring, they’re made in England using an exclusive pattern cut by our in-house bespoke team.
Huntsman is also proud to announce the launch of the new Huntsman shirt, as elegant and balanced as our signature one-button jacket cut. From collar and cuffs to buttons and fabric, consideration has been given to every detail. The result is a garment that is both a pleasure to wear, and to behold. In developing this new design, Huntsman Creative Director Campbell Carey has designed a shirt that complements the life and style of the modern gentleman: looking smart on the go, with or without a tie. He’s partly achieved that through the introduction of two floating collars, the Huntsman and Hammick, named after our legendary Head Cutter Colin Hammick.
The shirts themselves are made from handpicked 100% Egyptian cotton, woven in Italy and hand-dyed in Europe. This quality fabric is super smooth and hardwearing, softening with each wash, while retaining a precise finish on collar and cuff. Blue and white poplin, Bengal stripe, mini check: there’s a design to suit every occasion, including an ultra-luxurious blue cashmere blend and a bib-front dinner shirt in white cotton Marcella weave. The Huntsman shirt represents a highly successful collaboration with Jermyn Street’s Turnbull & Asser whose incomparable shirt-making expertise has brilliantly brought our designs to life.
With all this in mind, the ready-to-wear collection is designed to provide elegant clothing that removes the effort from dressing to travel, as always. Alongside our linen separates for tropical climates, our signature mid-grey fresco two-piece suit is ideal for jet-setting with its high-twist fabrication and lightweight construction. You might also try our navy wool hopsack single-breasted jacket, paired with this season’s grey lightweight plainweave trousers. These are beautifully tailored pieces which look as fresh and flawless after a long-haul flight as they do when you first step onto the plane and together form the ideal capsule for a business trip.
A testimony to the uncompromising craftsmanship and attention to detail that is so integral to our bespoke tailoring, Huntsman’s new season ready-to-wear collection offers an elegant, versatile and practical range of beautifully made menswear, which intends to make dressing for the warmer months considerably more simple and enjoyable for all our customers.
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We are fortunate to also have a great tradition of dressing the stars of stage and screen, a tradition we are proud to maintain today. From Rudolph Valentino and Marlene Dietrich to Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman, we are uniquely placed to create luxurious bespoke clothing for the red carpet, film or television and for those clients who wish to make a particular statement with their tailoring.