After hedge fund multi-millionaire Pierre Lagrange and his partner, the Mayfair-based designer Roubi L’Roubi, snapped up one of Savile Row’s most famous names last year, things have gone from strength to strength.
Huntsman, the Savile Row tailor which made the white-tie outfits for Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham character in Downton Abbey, has been around for 163 years.
Founded by Henry Huntsman in 1849, it was originally based on Albermarle Street then Bond Street before taking up residence at 11 Savile Row in 1919.
The store counts King Edward VII, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Lawrence Olivier and Humphrey Bogart among its former clients and prides itself on Englishness. It’s recent joint venture with Alexander McQueen secured it as one of the biggest names on the famous tailoring street.
With a strong in-house bespoke business, both here and abroad, complemented by made-to measure and ready-to-wear, there is something for everyone at Huntman’s.
The recent expansion of the collections showcases the brands fusion between the traditional and the modern. Huntsman produces its own house tweeds, woven on Islay at the oldest working mill in Britain (1550). Their house style and speciality is a one-button (pioneered by Huntsman in the Forties) hybrid of a tuxedo and a riding coat, with a neat waist, higher armhole and elegant silhouette.
For circa £4,500 you receive a completely bespoke suit tailored to your every inch. Taking upwards of 80 hours, every stage of the process is precise yet versatile. Visit Huntsman today at 11 Savile Row and it’s worth mentioning that, unusually but nonetheless handy, Huntsman is also open on Saturdays too. Bonus.