The lunar year of the Rooster has proved very rewarding for Huntsman and our cherished Chinese clients. Lead by Robert Bailey and James Chang, Huntsman now spend over a month in China every quarter to ensure our clients can have the full Huntsman bespoke experience as if they were travelling to London’s Savile Row. Clients are able to use Wechat to reach James and Robert for appointments, as well as the Huntsman account to be kept informed on Huntsman news.
We are pleased to have added Guangzhou and Taipei to our trunk show schedule as well as extending our stays in Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Chengdu. In London, James Chang is now assisted by a dedicated tailoring expert fluent in mandarin, Jason Tsang who services our Chinese clients visiting our Savile Row store.
Huntsman brought the Huntsman lifestyle experience to China, with a select number of exclusive events. We celebrated our trunk show at The Temple House Hotel in Chengdu with the Huntsman Mclaren supercars event in March. Huntsman discussed the history of our historic brand whilst McLaren provided supercars for guests to preview at their leisure.
Pierre Lagrange, Huntsman owner and executive producer of Kingsman movies, joined director Matthew Vaughn and the cast of Kingsman The Golden Circle, for the Chinese premiere in Shanghai in October. A few days later, Huntsman recreated the ‘Kingsman fitting room’ from Huntsman’s Savile Row store at the ‘Best of British’ Exhibition set in the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, to give our Shanghai clients a true taste of the Huntsman lifestyle and the experience of the room where the first Kingsman movie was created and partially filmed.
In December, Huntsman hosted a party with Louis XIII at the Intercontinental in trendy Sanlitun in Beijing. A ‘Gentleman’s Evening’, attended by Beijing’s elite including Ballet Dancer, Hou Honglan, Supermodel, Wang Yiming, Fashion Designer Qin Ya Ming and artist Wei Ligang with music by famous DJ, model and producer Edmund C. A panel discussion of British elegance and style tips was given from Huntsman owner Pierre Lagrange ( dressed in brown velvet dinner jacket and tartan trousers ), Robert Bailey Senior Cutter ( fourth generation of bespoke cutters family ) and James Chang ( Huntsman Head of Client Managers ). The discussion was moderated by two exceptional ladies, arbiter of style, stylist Linda Cooper, and Huntsman’s Daisy Knatchbull, fourth generation of Huntsman clients.
At the event Huntsman displayed ten iconic designs and VIP garments from the archives, illustrating the many ways in which the house and its clients interpret British Style in bespoke creations. Among the designs were a bespoke coat created for David Bowie, designed by Alexander McQueen for Huntsman, A light blazer made for HRH Prince Harry’s Sentebale charity, Marc Newson’s bespoke Mille Miglia driving suit, the prototype for the tangerine velvet smoking jacket seen in the film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle”, as well a bespoke onesie made for a client for the burning man festival.
Wei Ligang unveiled the new mandarin name for Huntsman at the event, a surprise present to Huntsman owner and art collector Pierre Lagrange. The Huntsman lifestyle would not be complete without a good drink, so the toast of the evening was given by Mark Zhang from Remy Martin with a generous sampling of Louis XIII cognac.
To get more into the Huntsman lifestyle, Huntsman has created a mandarin website, www.huntsmansavilerow.com/cn/ so Chinese clients are able to have the full information online as well. This will allow clients and Huntsman enthusiasts to learn more about Huntsman’s storied history and traditions as well as upcoming trunk shows and events. Be sure to keep an eye out for our recreation of the first floor boardroom as seen in both Kingsman movies!
From black tie, dressing gown coats driving suits for car rallies and festivals, or for suits that will make one comfortable and powerful and seducing in business and other meetings, Huntsman covers all bespoke needs of the modern gentleman for a successful, comfortable and happy life.