Tailoring Royalty to Hollywood
From a Royal Warrant for Edward VII to Hollywood icons and Kingsman film, Huntsman has elegantly dressed the Great and the Good since 1849
Stepping into the quiet, clubby and antler decorated establishment of Huntsman you follow in the footsteps of stylish luminaries such as Edward Duke of Windsor, Gregory Peck, David Niven, Clark Gable, Bill Blass and Marc Jacobs – to name but a few. Since 1849, when the firm was founded as a breeches maker, through its long period specialising more as a sporting and military tailors to the complete bespoke fashion house it is today, Huntsman has reigned as one of the great tailors of this most iconic part of London.
The firm earned its first Royal Warrant as a breeches maker to Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales and since then Queen Victoria and many European royals have patronised the firm. With its strong sporting pedigree, the firm remains notable for its elegant one button coats (introduced in the 1940s), combining the sleekness of the dinner jacket with the silhouette and comfort of the riding coat. The house also remains famous for its house check; its yearly selection – from one multi-faceted blanket of tweeds – part of Savile Row lore.
For such a resolutely masculine environment, Huntsman has also dressed more famous women that one might initially expect from Katherine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to stylist Charlotte Stockdale. The house’s cinematic ties have been further burnished with its recent collaboration with director (and customer) Matthew Vaughn and Kingsman: The Secret Service. This unique and Huntsman inspired tie in made the spy film the first where customers could buy exactly what they saw on screen through Mr Porter.
Its elegant premises is famously decorated with handsome stag’s heads – left by a customer in the early 1920s on route to a good lunch and never picked up. Huntsman was one of the founder members of Savile Row Bespoke – an association dedicated to protecting, nurturing and promulgating the standards and traditions of true bespoke tailoring and this most famous masculine street.