Inspiration for this Autumn Winter 2017 ready to wear collection comes both from their extensive archives and from Creative Director Campbell Carey’s experience in bespoke tailoring. The result is a timeless wardrobe of elegant pieces working together to offer an outfit suitable for every occasion.
At the heart of the collection is the house’s iconic single-button jacket, with its slim silhouette and tapered waist. The standout design is the Cashmere Sports Jacket, available in two colours, Green Dorset and Blue Sussex. It features a ticking check design recently discovered in their archives by Campbell and was brought to life in collaboration with Joshua Ellis, to celebrate the cashmere manufacturer’s 250th anniversary. Sourced from inner and outer Mongolia, the cloth is made up of eight yarns, which are twisted together to create a luxurious finish and remarkable depth of colour. Originally available only in bespoke, its move into Huntsman’s ready-to-wear line is evidence of the way their activities inform one another.
Another fine fabric making its first appearance in their ready-to-wear is cashmere doeskin, which is used to create a luxury version of their classic Navy Blazer. As its name suggests, doeskin has a soft, lustrous finish achieved through a tight weave, giving it a luxuriant sheen when light falls on its surface. The blazer pairs beautifully with another classic: dark grey flannel trousers. Campbell has introduced a new flat fronted style which creates the impression of length and is almost regimental, looking good with or without a jacket. This slim cut is also available in three different check designs of varying boldness, from subtle to statement piece.
Campbell’s intuitive understanding of cut and styling can be seen at its sophisticated best in one of the collection’s highlights, their Midnight Blue Evening Suit. While black is the more traditional choice for evening wear, this suit is inspired in part by Daniel Craig’s rule-breaking midnight blue tuxedo worn in the film “Skyfall”. The matt finish of a hopsack weave contrasts with the lustre of a satin lapel, the curves of which have been designed to sit higher on the torso, giving the impression of a longer waist line.
A further highlight is the one-button Fresco Suit in a dark grey hopsack, the open weave of which makes it ideal for travel, thanks to its incredible recovery and crease resistance. Comfortable and breathable even in warm weather, this suit can take its wearer from an autumn London to a warmer climate in style.
In a continuation of successful collaboration, this time with Jermyn Street shirt maker Turnbull & Asser, Huntsman shirts are made from 100% handpicked Egyptian cotton and offer a choice of two floating collars – the Huntsman and Hammick – which combine with classic and slim fits to give customers the flexibility they prefer. And it’s flexibility that lies behind the addition of a lightweight polo neck to our knitwear range. Made of extra fine Merino wool and available in shades of brown, blue, green and red, these comfortable yet luxurious jumpers can be worn with smart trousers, jeans or chinos, to offer a versatile autumn layer. A deep, satisfying maroon has been added to the navy and grey versions of their popular cable knit cardigan.
Among Huntsman’s accessories are slippers in a choice of Green Cawdor tweed or Four Point Star cashmere tweed, in sizes 6 to 11. The result of a third significant collaboration, they are made by hand using signature Huntsman designs and can be worn in or outside, thanks to their leather soles.
About Huntsman: Huntsman, an esteemed Savile Row tailor, with an extraordinary history that stretches back over 165 years creating impeccable bespoke suiting for the most discerning clientele that includes nobility, royalty, statesmen and iconic Hollywood stars. The house has always prided itself on its rich heritage and built a reputation as one of the finest and most innovative long-standing bespoke tailors on Savile Row. Huntsman also offers a made-to-measure tailoring service and a ready-to-wear and accessories collection. Integrity, excellence, craftsmanship and style has defined the Huntsman suit for generations; standards of which are still maintained today. Offering the finest level of service, Huntsman’s staff receive exceptional training and have decades of experience. With an uncompromising commitment to excellence, Huntsman’s unique legacy encompasses an impressive list of patrons renowned for their sartorial style such as Clark Gable, Cecil Beaton, Winston Churchill, Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn, Lucian Freud and Alexander McQueen. Huntsman’s 11 Savile Row house served as the inspiration and backdrop for Matthew Vaughn’s 2015 blockbuster movie, Kingsman: The Secret Service. In June 2017, Huntsman moved to their larger New York pied-a- terre, Huntsman on 57th, the brand’s first permanent residence outside of the UK, located at 130 West 57th Street, 9th floor, to serve the expanding loyal US customer base.
About Campbell Carey: Campbell Carey was named Creative Director and co-Head Cutter of Huntsman in April 2015. He brings to the house 20 years of experience on Savile Row, evident in his intuitive understanding of cut and styling. Working on new collections in Huntsman’s ready to wear and sourcing the very best British suppliers from the sensibility of a bespoke cutter with such a strong Savile Row and menswear background mean that his approach is one of vigour and a good dose of gravitas.
About campaign model, Zack Peck: Zack is the grandson of Gregory Peck, one of their most esteemed clients who commissioned over 150 bespoke suits, many of which appeared in his films. We make our garments not just for now, but for the future. And Zack perfectly embodies this belief. From generation to generation, Huntsman always looks stylish.
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