Origin London, UK
Specialty British bespoke tailoring
Lines & Prices RTW suit £2,500+ | Bespoke suit £3,500+
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"The firm was founded in 1849 when tailor Henry Huntsman purchased a “Gaiter and Breeches Maker” on New Bond Street.
Quickly the house gained a reputation for its hunting and riding attire, dressing Europe’s aristocracy and Britain’s royal family for all their equestrian pursuits.
From father to son, the tailor established lasting relationships with its customers, only to see many depart for the Great War never to return. Their fate is movingly recorded in the firm’s ledgers, then honoured 100 years later in a burst of blood red ceramic poppies sweeping through the store’s window.
That store is 11 Savile Row where the firm moved in 1919, presaging a period of great change for the tailor. Well-connected clients like the dashing Duke of Windsor brought a new generation of the great and the good through its doors. And while Huntsman focused more on the suits its reputation now rests on, it can still harness its sartorial riding expertise, for instance when dressing Prince Harry and his polo team for the Sentebale Cup.
Between the wars the house passed into the care of Robert Packer, whose ownership saw the continued development of the design and construction of the famed one button suit and the ever refined Huntsman silhouette. This commitment to consistency and quality introduced a host of new clients, including Cecil Beaton, Winston Churchill, Marlene Dietrich and Bing Crosby.
And from the tailors’ benches a new talent was rising. Apprenticed at age 15, Colin Hammick showed a skill and aesthetic that would introduce Huntsman to the most select circles. As Head Cutter he refined the tailor’s signature jacket cut and counted such notable figures as Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, Gianni Agnelli and Laurence Olivier among his clients. His own personal elegance was recognised too, when he won the Tailor and Cutter’s Best Dressed Man award in 1971.
As the years passed, the firm grew. New materials like nylon were introduced, much to the horror and eventual interest of other tailors. The signature cut evolved, apprentices matured into tailors and cutters, grandsons and daughters returned with vintage Huntsman clothes. But some things stayed the same: the dexterity, detail and skill that goes into the making of every Huntsman garment."