If the suit is the most favoured of all bespoke choices then, for the most classic of looks, 11 Savile Row’s Huntsman is the tailor of choice. With more than a century and a half of history, its address was recently cemented within contemporary culture when it was used as the headquarters in the blockbuster Kingsman films. For sure, there’s no greater reputation for bespoke than that earned by Huntsman. Read on. 

H. Huntsman & Sons has always striven to uphold the most prestigious standards of Savile Row bespoke tailoring. Founded in 1849 and patronised by high society from the outset, the house has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the most exclusive tailors in London. 

Favoured by Hollywood’s elite, the likes of Clarke Gable, Marlene Dietrich and Lawrence Olivier all called themselves clients, as did Gregory Peck, who ordered over 160 suits and enjoyed a lifelong relationship with the house. Other notable customers include statesmen such as Lord Louis Mountbatten, and fashion designers like Alexander McQueen or Sir Hardy Amies to name but a few. 

The house’s iconic style, known simply as the ‘Huntsman cut’, is inextricably linked with this glamorous heritage. Characterised by a long coat with cut with strong shoulders and a perfectly poised single button fastening, it’s a timelessly elegant silhouette that lends itself to a comfortable, yet sophisticated look – perfect for those in the public eye, professional arena or under the spotlight’s glare. 

Though the house prides itself on its remarkable history, it is also one of the most forward-thinking tailors on Savile Row. In 2017 a new pied-à-terre in New York on 57th street was opened, allowing Huntsman’s American clientele a permanent home in the States, with antique house-tweed covered furnishings and remarkable photographs from Huntsman’s past adorning the walls. 

Also innovatory are the overseas trunk shows that the house is pioneering. These include regular visits to nine of Asia’s major cities, as well as trips down both the East and West Coasts of the United States, through Europe and the Middle East, all of which allows overseas clients access to the Huntsman bespoke team at least three to four times a year. 

In addition to its bespoke offering, Huntsman has also taken steps to provide clients with a carefully curated collection of luxury ready-to-wear clothing, all of which is beautifully handmade in England. From exquisite navy blazers to the perfect grey flannel suit or technically correct morning dress, the collection exists to provide luxurious wardrobe staples for Huntsman’s clientele, without compromising on the quality associated with the house’s bespoke craftsmanship. 

With so much to its name, the Huntsman of today is determined to be not just a Savile Row tailor, but also a British luxury institution, as ambitious and uncompromising now as it was over 100 years ago. Catering to gentlemen and ladies who understand that a beautifully cut suit is not just a piece of clothing, but a lifestyle choice that informs who they are and how they present themselves, Huntsman aspires simply to be the ultimate in luxury British tailoring. 

Huntsman in the movies 

Huntsman served as the inspiration for Matthew Vaughn’s blockbuster movie Kingsman: The Secret Service. During an appointment with his cutter, Vaughn, taken by the history on display at 11 Savile Row, imagined moving beyond the walls of the fitting room, with the legendary premises acting as a smokescreen for his team of spies, the Kingsmen. September 2017 saw their 11 Savile Row headquarters return to the silver screen for Vaughn’s thrilling sequel: Kingsman: The Golden Circle. 

Vaughn, who first visited the fitting rooms at 18 years of age, has a long relationship with Huntsman. Upon reaching that milestone age, his mother brought him in for his first bespoke outfit, urging her son to consider only Huntsman for proper suits! The experience made a lasting impression on Vaughn, and he has built an enduring sartorial rapport with the Huntsman team over the years. When Huntsman was acquired by Pierre Lagrange, executive producer of Vaughn’s movies since Stardust, the story of Kingsman at Huntsman gathered momentum and never looked back! Very alert viewers will recognise Huntsman’s Creative Director and Head Cutter Campbell Carey in a cameo role in the movie’s tailoring rooms. 

The action-packed and hilarious spy caper plays tongue-in-cheek homage to other “secret service” films but stands head and shoulders above them in its close attention to sartorial elegance. James Bond may have cut a dash, but Colin Firth, in his role as dapper Harry Hart, and Taron Egerton, his protégé Eggsy, really up the ante in the style stakes. 

Viewers will recognise the shop front, iconic stags’ heads and fitting room, with its familiar wood panelling, coat hooks and three-ways mirror – now called the Kingsman fitting room. Become a Kingsman yourself and be transported by this iconic fitting room. 

The action-packed and hilarious spy caper plays tongue-in-cheek homage to other “secret service” films but stands head and shoulders above them in its close attention to sartorial elegance. James Bond may have cut a dash, but Colin Firth, in his role as dapper Harry Hart, and Taron Egerton, his protégé Eggsy, really up the ante in the style stakes. 

Viewers will recognise our shop front, iconic stags’ heads and fitting room, with its familiar wood panelling, coat hooks and three-ways mirror – now called the Kingsman fitting room. Become a Kingsman yourself and be transported by this iconic fitting room. 

Visitors to Savile Row in October 2015 and February 2017 may have found the street closed and the surrounding area chock-a-block with production trucks. This was for the filming of director Matthew Vaughn’s two Kingsman movies. Huntsman leant its services as a key location for the production, our premises proving the perfect setting and the opening sequence for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. 

Based on the comic books by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar, the fun and action-packed spy film stars Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson and rising star Taron Egerton. It was fascinating to see how promptly and deftly the set designer and props team (assisted by Huntsman’s Johnny and Paul) transformed the shop and its frontage for the production before restoring it back to its original self, all within 48 hours.