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.
Inspired by his love of the Scottish moors, Vogue’s Editor At Large Hamish Bowles created his own Huntsman tweed. Hues of vibrant lilac and fuschia are punctuated with calypso yellow and aquatic blue for a unique cloth which captures beautifully the nuance of this epic landscape.
From his cloth, Hamish had created a striking double-breasted suit as well as a backpack and bespoke laptop case
Based in New York, Hamish enjoyed the convenience of working between the Huntsman team in W57th Street, New York and 11 Savile Row, from initial CAD conception, right through to cloth completion and bespoke suit!
For Hamish, it was the fond memories of a favourite place which inspired him and as with all things born of such fondness, the finished tweed is remarkable, vibrant and completely personal. How will you be inspired? Could it be the colours of a familiar landscape, your school colours, or perhaps a tweed inspired by your favourite work of art? With the tweed experience, anything is possible.
Talk to us about booking an appointment to start your own tweed experience.
Huntsman's 'Design Your Own Tweed' Competition Judging Lunch 2018
With Monday's judging concluded, guests sat down to a spring menu created by Notting Hill restaurant Casa Cruz, renowned for its Argentinian influences. After starters of burrata and roasted tomatoes and octopus carpaccio, guests were served grilled fillet steak, seabass, and roasted vegetables.
And the tweed theme continued, with the walls of Huntsman's Clubhouse papered in a tweed wallpaper, based on an archive fabric that Huntsman had designed for Gregory Peck. Even the window of Huntsman's Savile Row headquarters trumpeted the fabric, as artist Tiger Chadwick had created a flag fashioned from a patchwork of the house's tweeds to dress the window.
Huntsman's bespoke wallpaper
Tiger Chadwick's tweed creation
Indeed, bespoke tweeds are a signature of Huntsman, with the house offering clients the chance to create their own design. As part of the bespoke tweed experience, the customer is invited to take inspiration from Huntsman's archives and plethora of checks and yarns, to create a 30-metre bolt of fabric woven at the Islay Woollen Mill. With this, the client can commission bespoke designs entirely unique to them - a true sartorial signature.
The competition, which had run from late last year until the end of February, attracted over 250 entrants from around the world, who each posted their tweed designs to Instagram. The 20 designs with the most Instagram likes were then put before a panel of judges last week, who gathered for a lunch at London’s 5 Hertford Street to deliberate over the entries.
Campbell Carey, Huntsman’s creative director and head cutter, described Lorenzen’s design as a “phenomenal hound’s tooth, with lovely greens and moss greys,” noting that its palette evoked the colours of the “Scottish moors.”
Campbell Carey, Creative Director, choosing the winning design after a 'dead heat'
Among the judges were interior designer Nicky Haslam, journalist and author Nick Foulkes, television personalities Trinny Woodall and June Sarpong, and Toby Bateman, managing director of Mr Porter, with the lunch hosted by Huntsman’s chairman Pierre Lagrange, and Robin Birley, who owns 5 Hertford Street. During the event, each judge pinned their name onto their favourite entry, with the finalists’ designs displayed on a board at the club.
Campbell Carey, Darren Kennedy, Tom Chamberlin, Pierre Lagrange
Several judges also voted for their pick remotely, via a private Instagram account – among them were Dylan Jones of GQ, Anthony Peck and his son Zack Peck, and George Bamford.
After some lively debate – there was initially a dead heat, when three designs had received an equal number of votes – Lorenzen’s design emerged the winner
Darren Kennedy & Trinny Woodall
Now, Lorenzen will be invited to Huntsman’s Savile Row headquarters to have his tweed made into an entirely bespoke jacket. And his design will have a broader influence, too, with a bolt of his tweed set to go into production at the 16th Century woollen mill in Scotland that supplies Huntsman’s tweeds, becoming one of the myriad fabrics that Huntsman’s customers can choose amongst.
Nicholas Coleridge placing his vote
Mark Lorenzen's winning tweed design
Be sure to check out all the action from last week's judging lunch
The most enjoyable fixture on the Gentleman’s calendar
Country pursuits hold a special significance for Huntsman; the house’s history is inextricably linked with riding, hunting and shooting. Our founder Henry Huntsman was (as the name suggests) a keen sportsman and when the house was founded, in 1849, it quickly gained a reputation as London’s premier sporting and shooting tailors’.
Today, we take great pride in our heritage. Huntsman’s sporting customers have ranged from George V and Clarke Gable - those Huntsman safari suits in Mogambo - to Eric Clapton and the Earl of Cawdor. Our famous stags’ heads were left by a customer who came in to fit his shooting suit in 1926 and a pair of Henry Huntsman’s very own breeks are still proudly on display at our Savile Row shop.
As with all traditional British sports, it’s important to approach the season suitably prepared and to understand its foibles. Doubtless, many Huntsman customers will be seasoned sportsmen, but it’s important to ensure that your shooting clothes are up to scratch. It was Edward VII who said that dressing appropriately is as important as tipping your loader and bringing a suitable thank you gift for your host. Huntsman is well positioned to ensure that not only your suit but all of its furnishings are beautifully made and fit for purpose.
First, your suit. Not only should it be elegant and comfortable, it must take account of various shooting-focused design features. Action backs, half-belts and bellows pockets all require specialist attention to tailor correctly, as do shooting vests and breeks. Suits can be cut with matching breeks, or separate coats can be paired with plus-twos, fours or eights in heavy moleskin, thorn proof or whipcord. We recommend that breeks and coats be cut in the same cloth and can advise clients on the right fabrics and styling details accordingly.
Our Client Managers are there to understand your every need this season. Perhaps a light Gabardine is preferred for the start of the season when shooting grouse and early English partridge in warmer weather. Or, as the temperature drops, why not include a fishtail brace back to your shooting trousers for that extra bit of warmth whilst remaining inherently elegant.
Even the lining is important. Huntsman customers now have the option to digitally print their favourite piece of artwork or photograph into the lining of their jacket; such as one customer's beautiful jacket lining of 'Grouse in Flight' as shown below.
Remembering shooting is of course not a Gentleman only sport, we feel it's important to highlight our womenswear capabilities, with Campbell Carey at the helm. His ability to reconcile form with function creates elegant shapes and silhouettes in ladies bespoke shooting wear. Huntsman has made some exquisite tweed suits and plus 4's for women . Why not go for some trews or cigarette trousers to really stand out at the shooting dinners?
Gentlemen, treat your better half to a bespoke shooting suit (that will go a long way to forgive you for that extra day spent shooting with friends!)
Of course, Huntsman also enjoys a long tradition of designing house tweeds. We have a long tradition of weaving our tweeds on Islay, by the oldest mill in the Inner Hebrides, with careful attention paid to our signature checks. Customers can choose from any of these iconic cloths, but can also now commission their own bespoke tweed. Our team will work with clients to design a tweed with personal significance, with designs mapped onto a garment using cutting-edge design software. Once the design is perfected, clients have the option to travel to Islay with the Huntsman team to experience their tweed on the loom. The result is a bespoke suit that is completely unique, cut in an authentic cloth that bears special significance, available only to the customer and his family.
With the foundation of your outfit taken care of, there’s plenty more to think about.
Suits should be dressed with appropriate ties, we advise discreet knitted ties or our stag’s head silk tie, which is well suited to shooting. To the beautifully contoured cut of Turnbull & Asser, we have added the Huntsman eye for detail and classic tattersall pattern to create the perfect shooting shirt.
It also pays to pack some warming knitwear, either to layer under your shooting vest or to wear post-shoot. We offer a trio of cable-knit cardigans, knitted in a traditional Welsh workshop in the finest three-ply Himalayan cashmere. In navy, charcoal and dark olive, they lend themselves to country dress beautifully.
This season we are introducing our beautiful lightweight John Smedley polo necks. A stylish way to keep one's neck warm; the classic fine merino wool roll neck style is the perfect layer for a day of comfort in the cold. Created in 6 different colourways, that match with our wealth of tweeds.
A tweed cap is a final, practical addition. We are very happy to make caps in matching tweed to your suit, but also carry a selection in store and online.
Huntsman also enjoys innovating where appropriate; if you’re looking for a shooting vest with a difference, customers can request that the vest’s shooting patch be lined with technogel. Technogel is a soft, lightweight gel that retains its shape and is highly shock-absorbent – perfect for eliminating the kick-back from your gun.
We offer a range of accessories that make for the perfect gift for your shoot’s host. Huntsman produces a range of fine cashmere scarves, box-cloth braces (which the gentleman always needs in his wardrobe) and finely-turned 18-carat gold and silver cufflinks should you stuck for gift ideas. This season also sees the introduction of beautiful cashmere blankets - the perfect gift to warm your hosts shooting lodge as the temperatures begin to drop.
The shooting season ushers in an exciting time of year, bringing with it a rare opportunity to embrace a Great British tradition.
Allow Huntsman to be of assistance for all your sartorial needs in the field this season.
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.
Gregory Peck was one of Hollywood’s greatest and most debonair film stars with a career that spanned over 60 years. His patronage of Huntsman commenced in 1953 and was to last for five decades.
Huntsman’s team of cutters and tailors produced over 160 orders for the star including the dinner suit he wore to collect his Oscar from Sophia Loren in 1963, as well as the suits he wore to the White House, Royal Ascot, Monte Carlo and for his private life in California and the South of France.
Huntsman also cut the costumes for many of Peck’s films, from the Million Pound Note, through to the Man in the Grey Flannel Suit, Cape Fear, The Omen and Old Gringo.
Tweeds feature heavily throughout Peck’s family photographs and were very much part of his off camera signature style.Featuring in a range of exclusive Huntsman House Tweeds from 1962, this coat was commissioned by Gregory Peck for a classic huntsman sports coat in an exclusive cloth.
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.