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.
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.
Inspired by classic Americana and complete with patterns of famous patrons like Paul Newman, Katherine Hepburn, and Gregory Peck, the vintage Airstream, lovingly restored by Timeless Travel Trailers of Denver, brings the bespoke Huntsman experience one receives at 11 Savile Row to cities across America.
Upholstered in bespoke Huntsman tweeds with a bedroom that cleverly morphs into a full fledged fitting room, complete with the classic triptych mirror, the Airstream provides the full capabilities of the bespoke suit experience. Balancing the traditional with the modern, the Huntsman Airstream Mobile Tailoring Studio allows an entirely new audience to tap into the elegance and craftsmanship that defines why Huntsman is widely considered the best of the Savile Row tailors. Those fitted for fully bespoke suits will have their order within ten weeks, the time required for perfection.
For the first time, the Huntsman airstream is available to rent out for week long trips. The price of a one week stay is £7,500.
Click here to make an enquiry
To celebrate the season, Huntsman's headquarters' window has a breezy, nautical theme, displaying the house's distinguished summer designs alongside some very special items.
Huntsman's elegant summer windows instantly evoke the cool of the ocean, transporting passers-by from the bustle of the city.