Huntsman has dressed some of the world’s most elegant, powerful and influential women for more than 150 years.
No less than Queen Victoria herself; a leading lady who had an incredible understanding of what a bespoke cut and fit could bring to the functionality and elegance of womenswear.
Huntsman’s high profile female commissions bring a delicious feminine twist to its famous men’s tailoring. Cut to the body, accentuating shape and enhancing lines to achieve a mystical union of comfort, glamour and style.
Your cutter will take up to 50 measurements and watch how you move, hold yourself, how you stand when no one’s watching. He understands and will listen to all your requests and qualms: making you look your absolute best comes second nature to the Huntsman Cutter.
With the information transferred to a paper pattern observations are added to the cut, like an artist taking a view, making sure that two dimensions effortlessly convert back to three, and the fit is truly yours.
There is a tailor for every type of garment. Skirt, trousers, waistcoat, jacket – each needs handling differently. Yours will be constructed from fabric cut into panels, roughly stitched and – if a coat or jacket – lined with horsehair to see how it hangs. Then adjustments made as it is carefully assembled again.
Sumptuously soft cashmere wools, timeless dusky tweeds, summer-light hopsacks, silky satin velvets. We have thousands of cloth samples to choose from. In colours that can illuminate, soften or enrich skin tones. And weights and weaves that work for different occasions, seasons and climates.
At the first fit you will try on a garment that’s barely recognizable as such: buttonholes missing, interlinings visible, marked with chalk and stitchings. This fitting is for your cutter, looking at what’s working, how the cloth drapes on you, and where adjustments need to be made.
At the next fitting your outfit takes shape, and small improvements may be all that’s required or another booking made. Your garment will then be finished, pressed, and delivered to you around eight to ten weeks from your first visit.
At Huntsman, we see a garment through from start to finish, and into the future too. One could argue we never finish caring for your clothes: we just had the privilege of refitting a Huntsman coat from 1925! We are here to make sure your Huntsman creation retains it quality and character throughout its life and is available for advice, as well as dry cleaning, repairs, and pressings.
Shooting is of course not a Gentleman only sport, which we create elegant and attractive shooting attire for ladies too Our Head Ladieswear Cutter Magdalena Handwerker reconciles form with function to create beautiful shapes and silhouettes in ladies bespoke shooting attire. Why not go for some trews or cigarette trousers to really stand out at the shooting lunch?
A pinnacle of the trade, as well as championing the Huntsman ladieswear department Magdalena also teaches at the London College of Fashion. Magdalena is responsible for refining the iconic cut of our ladies house style, inspired by our same single-button silhouette, when it comes to shape and form Magdalena has a true talent at know what flatters. As natural maker, Magdalena enjoys upholstery, furniture renovation and gardening outside of our Savile Row home.
From Coco Chanel’s riding britches to Katherine Hepburn’s iconic pants, Huntsman has a legacy of women wearing the trousers!
Whether you’re looking for sunshine-yellow pantaloons like Ms. Elizabeth Tailor, or something more contemporary like Charlotte Stockdale’s striking tuxedo for the Met Gala, talk to our team of expert bespoke specialists.
London born Ralph Fitzgerald is our Cutter in Residence at our Pied A Terre in New York. Before moving across the pond, Ralph was trained as undercutter to Huntsman’s Head Cutter Campbell Carey and is highly skilled in both men’s and women’s bespoke.