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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.

 

What drew you to tailoring? Was it something you were always interested in?

 

My mum was a bit of a clotheshorse! so I spent my childhood going around all the London markets. I would say that’s definitely where my love for clothing and tailoring came from.

Can you describe your experience as a Cutter?

 

I’ve been working in this trade for over ten years! I started my career at sixteen on Mount Street, at Douglas Hayward’s (A tailor to the likes of Steve McQueen, Michael Caine and Roger Moore), before joining the team at Huntsman, 11 Savile Row and training under Campbell Carey. When the opportunity came for me to join the team over in New York as the U.S. Cutter, I jumped at the opportunity!

If you could dress any man and woman from any era, who would it be and why?

 

I always think it’s a real shame we never got the chance to see Amy Winehouse in any tailoring. As for a man, it’s easy, Frank Sinatra.

What is the Huntsman piece you have created that you are most proud of and why?

 

I cut Marc Jacobs’ Met Gala suit. It was such a unique and creative process from start to finish and a true honor and privilege to work on.

What are the 3 key pieces of tailoring that every man and woman should have in his/her wardrobe?

 

It has to be a great tweed jacket, an elegant and simple cashmere blazer and a mohair or silk dinner suit.

Why is the experience of bespoke tailoring so special? 

 

It’s the ultimate personal luxury, with countless variations and zero limitations.

What is your favorite part of the bespoke process?

 

Designing and Drafting.

What’s your favourite cloth to work with?

 

Loro Piana’s Cappotto Orsetto Vicuña.

How important are ethics and sustainability to you?

 

Huntsman’s garments are made to be passed on from generation to generation. We make garments to truly stand the test of time. I’m currently altering a client’s grandfather’s Huntsman blazer from 1961.

Which designers do you most admire?

 

Doug Hayward and Marc Jacobs

Do you see a difference in the style of your European clients and your clients in America?

 

You may see more belt-loops and turn-ups in the U.S, but there are truly no two clients alike!Clients come to Huntsman, from all over the world for our cut, silhouette, and execution.

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