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Bespoke     |     The Huntsman Process

The Huntsman
PROCESS

For more than 160 years Huntsman has dressed the great and the good and the little known. Through its doors have passed generations of talented craftsmen – and women – who’ve formed lasting relationships with those customers, creating bespoke garments that have been long treasured. It’s their commitment to service and excellence that has secured Huntsman’s reputation.

An investment in time

A beautifully tailored garment takes time. Time to get to know you: your physique, your busy life, your tastes and preferences. Time for fittings, for sourcing the best fabrics, for training younger hands. Time to get everything just right, so that when you finally put the finished garment on, you never want to take it off.

As a Huntsman client, you’ll benefit from the knowledge of a team that’s dedicated to achieving that result for you. First you’ll speak to one of our client managers who will introduce you to the different bespoke styles and fabrics you could choose. Then you’ll be matched with one of our cutters.

Huntsman Bespoke Process - Tailor drawing suit pattern on bespoke cloth
Huntsman Bespoke Process - Hand Stitching fabric layers

A wealth of choices

Their experience means that as well as taking up to 50 individual measurements, they’ll assess your posture and look to accentuate your best features. Their ability to continue thinking in three dimensions means that when they cut your cloth, they will make subtle adjustments to the fit and hang that, at this point, only they can see.

Conversations about fabrics, linings and other details can be as wide-ranging or as simple as you like. Many clients enjoy making their garments uniquely suited to their lifestyle, with hidden pockets for a cigar, phone, loose change or even an iPad.

Huntsman Bespoke Process - Hand Press
Huntsman Bespoke Process - Navy and Grey Thread

From fitting to finish

Once these decisions are made, the fabric panels are handed over to the tailor specialising in your garment, be it trousers, waistcoat, skirt or coat. They will roughly stitch the pieces together so that at your first fitting the cutter can see how well the garment is working on you: how it fits, how it hangs, how it moves.

Adjustments are made and a second fitting planned, where the garment will be closer to what you might expect to see. There may be the need for more fittings, but generally we’re then able to take your outfit to the finishing stage. As many as 80 hours are dedicated to each garment over a period of 8-10 weeks, after which you’ll receive your bespoke Huntsman commission

Huntsman Bespoke Process - Tailor measuring Jacket Shoulder on client

Our service doesn’t end at delivery. We check in with you a few weeks later and we’re here to provide further pressings and dry cleaning, as well as help with stain removal or further alterations. We can even replace missing buttons. something we did recently for a jacket originally ordered by Lord Cawdor in 1925, and now worn by one of his grandchildren.

Huntsman Bespoke Process - Garment on Wooden Huntsman Branded Hanger
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