The legendary, the great H. Hunstman & Sons. Founded in 1919, Huntsman rounds out what I would call the big three of Savile Row, along with Anderson & Sheppard and Henry Poole.
If Anderson & Sheppard is distinct for their softly tailored silhouette and Henry Poole is middle of the road between soft and rigid, then Huntsman is on the other side of the spectrum. Huntsman is as English as it gets. A little more rigid, more structured. A more fitted torso, with a higher armhole and a slightly flaired skirt, and their signature single button closure on the single breasted model. Huntsman dress clothes evolved from their famous hunting garments.
They are legendary for turning out magnificent hacking jackets and splendid breeches. They make the best corduroy and moleskin trousers one will ever see.
Because I like to keep things formal this Huntsman tuxedo is a superb example of Huntsman at their best. Bespoken in 1972, this is pure Huntsman. A sinlge breasted, single button with side vents. A super high gorge that is as visually fresh as the day delivery was taken. The shoulder on this dinner jacket is sort of a misnomer to the Huntsman ethos. A less rigid, more natural shoulder, but never the less always elegant.
Vanderbilt heir Carter Burden once said “You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many books.” Well this elegant Huntsman customer was spot on. When it comes to Huntsman pleanty of cash, and being tall and thin, well that’s what Huntsman’s all about. And plenty of great books doesn’t hurt.
Other Huntsman hall of famers include Hubert de Givenchy, Bill Blass and even L’ avocatto Gianni Agnelli, who took an occasional break from Domenico Caraceni to bespeak some Huntsman. Enough said.
My goodness, a notched lapel on a TUX? Simply not done, must be a mistake. Well it’s not a mistake. In fact it is brilliant. What makes it all the more elegant is the super high gorge and the fish mouth notch.
Huntsman is always perfect.