Created in 2008 for the legendary singer Eric Clapton, this Brown Twill Tweed Three Piece Shooting Suit is a classic example of exemplary sports tailoring.
Clapton, one of the world’s greatest guitarists, has had numerous garments made with Huntsman over the years, with this suit being a stand out piece. Clapton loved classic tweeds, particularly Huntsman house tweeds and showed this passion through the various three-piece shooting suits he had made over a prolonged period of time.
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 shooting-stocking-with-purple-trimming/">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 shooting-mitten-with-purple-trimming/">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.
It’s a glorious time, defined – for many – by the beginning of the shooting season. Whilst a lucky few have already stomped around a northern hill in pursuit of the regal Grouse, for most of the 600,000 of us that shoot the sporting season begins with Partridges in September.
Thousands of French, and the occasional English, Partridges lurk in bushels and hedges all across the UK. Keepers plan their first days in minute detail. Spaniels increase the intensity of their way, sensing something’s up. The young boy who will be shooting for the first time falls asleep, thinking of nothing but that first day.
It’s a truly magical time.
In reality shooting is somewhat irrelevant to a truly special day. The best days don’t focus on the birds but on the company, the lunch and the endless banter that invariably mingles with such a spectacular event. Increasingly fashion is becoming an important element. Being smart was always critical, but – when you can be sitting by a hedge for an hour in the pouring rain – style has to be matched by comfort and practicality.
‘Plus Fours’, the quarter-length tweed trousers worn by almost any shot in the UK, are an example of this. They might not be the most stylish – but they allow for a boot to be worn, with woollen socks, helping keep us all dry. Similarly, many guns wear ties – not just to be smart, but to keep their necks dry.
Perhaps the most important garment in any keen shot’s wardrobe is the coat. Traditionally fashioned from tweed, the older varieties were thick and heavy. Yes, they kept you dry but the stench at the end of a wet day was incomparable. Swinging your arms – so important for shooting – was near impossible. Modern varieties are far superior, incorporating new fabrics into the tweed and taking advantage of better tailoring. Simply, come rain or shine, nothing beats a beautifully tailored hand-made tweed suit, created from sensibly weighted cloth.
It is now the Ladies, though, that are dominating the fashion stakes on the shooting field. As more women become involved as shots, pickers up or beaters – designers have responded. Whilst ‘country style’ might not itself be new, the role it is playing in the industry has never been as big. Indeed, The Telegraph recently launched a Country Style column, spearheaded by Lady Alice Manners. Lady Alice notes that mainstream designers are taking the country influence to the catwalks of the city, whilst also providing an array of chic but suitable clothing for the field. All of which is contributing to the £2 billion that shooting is worth to the UK economy.
Whilst you can’t guarantee the weather, the company or the lunch you can always rely on Huntsman to keep you both comfortable and smart on the shooting field. Whether it’s a walked up day in Gloucestershire or a partridge spectacular in Yorkshire, ensure you’re the best dressed. Then get some shooting lessons.
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For more than a hundred years Huntsman has created distinctive tweed collections, it’s no wonder that we’ve been dubbed ‘The House of Bespoke Tweed’.
Now it’s your turn.
Choose a design and pick out your colours: we’ll put all our expertise and technical know-how at your disposal. From your bolt of cloth will come a Huntsman jacket bespoke to you, and the opportunity to outfit generations to come.
-Let Us Inspire You -
When it comes to creating your unique tweed design, the legendary Huntsman archive will act as our starting point. It’s a resource that our own Creative Director Campbell Carey cherishes in all of his new tweed development and we are pleased to share with you.
In these vintage cloths you’ll find checks like herringbone, Prince of Wales, barleycorn, houndstooth – names to conjure with – and colour and pattern combinations to inspire.
“I look at our archives and I see the land in the tweed.
The pinks and greys of granite, the purple and browns of
heather and moor”
- Campbell Carey, Creative Director
An extensive collection of yarn cards will open a new world of choices to you, for base colour and overcheck. You’ll find creativity flows whilst looking through the ledger, seeing decades of iconic tweeds in their true representation of colour and patterns.
Huntsman’s commitment to innovation helps you bring tradition bang up to date, with yarns in lighter weights, bolder designs and imaginative use of colour that suits modern life. Let your imagination roam, with the advice and guidance of our Bespoke Specialists to help shape your vision. Where once a Scottish laird would choose colours that merged like camouflage into his land, now a client might pick out three distinctive yarns to represent each of his sons. Though our reasons change, the creative process remains the same.
-An Experience Like None Other-
Huntsman is the only House on Savile Row to boast its own handloom and to offer clients the opportunity to create their own signature tweed and have it sampled in House.
From initial consultation to creation, clients can fine-tune their tweed design No. 11, in the comfort of Huntsman Club. No need for lengthy waiting times for samples from remote woollen mills. You can now enjoy the satisfaction of your tweed roll off the Huntsman loom in the form of a test blanket, offering a highly personalised and truly bespoke experience.
Working with our Cloth Development Specialist to create a tweed exactly to your specification your design will come to life as a sample blanket on the Huntsman handloom.
Only once we have the physical manifestation of your perfect tweed will it be produced in full in our partner mill in Scotland.
But that’s really just the beginning of your bespoke tweed experience.
-A legacy to last for generations-
Every bespoke Huntsman garment is special. But when that garment is cut from a tweed that you designed, it gives you a sense of distinction that takes tailoring from an art form to a legacy.
The opportunity to create something so distinctively yours is an honour in itself. But knowing you have created a unique family tweed for future generations to enjoy goes beyond personal luxury.
Let your imagination run wild. Whether your tweed represents the colours of your old school, the individuality of your three sons, or the warmth of your favourite whisky, it’s time to start your own tradition.
Designing a unique tweed and having it woven in an ancient Scottish mill is the consummate sartorial statement. Watching the very first sample of your tweed roll off the Huntsman loom at 11 Savile Row is an experience never to be forgotten.
Be sure to ask about our bespoke tweed experience next time you visit us in-store chat to us to start your own tweed experience.
- Tweed Experience Patrons-
Discover for yourself some of our noteworthy patrons who have created their own signature tweeds with Huntsman.