Savile Row tailor Huntsman has long stood at the forefront of British bespoke menswear – it was launched in 1849 and soon producing equestrian wear for British royalty. Its subsequent fashion offerings drew an illustrious roll call of clients, ranging from Winston Churchill to Clark Gable, and in 2016 it became the first Savile Row tailor to take up permanent residence in New York. Now it’s upping its suiting game once again: its Bespoke 100 service has been launched to coincide with the company’s centenary on Savile Row, and is designed to offer a time-efficient, more affordable approach to custom tailoring, in response to growing demand – and a waiting list that can be around a fortnight.
The service (from £3,500) starts with the creation of a fully bespoke baste, in the same way as the traditional Huntsman Bespoke 1849 version: clients are measured and fitted, patterns are drawn and the cloth is cut from classic British wool. Where the Bespoke 100 process differs, however, is in the sewing of the garments: instead of everything being stitched in-house by its tailors in Savile Row, some are created at Huntsman’s certified collaborators – either China’s Ningbo Atelier, where staff have been trained by Huntsman “star tailor” Dennis Cooper, or at its Italian atelier, where ex-Savile Row star Jonathan Clay and his Italian counterpart Alberto Caruso have identified the country’s finest tailoring talent.
The resulting two-piece suit is delivered in just six to eight weeks, as opposed to the 12 weeks of the full Bespoke 1849 version (for which prices start at £5,800). Final fittings are done in-house to allow for the quintessential Huntsman experience.