Legendary actor Jason Robards’ portrayal of Ben Bradlee in, “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN” was without question brilliant. His performance won him an Oscar at a time when they actually meant something. There’s a scene in which Bob Woodward tells Bradlee, “we haven’t had any luck yet” in which he replies, “GET SOME.”
In my hands I hold the most prodigious H. Huntsman & Sons house tweed sport coat, bespoken by Mr. Robards himself. I can’t help but think he would tell Woodward and Bernstein to get some. Get over to a tailor and, “GET SOME.” Get some style, get some beautiful clothes and don’t succumb to the ghastly 70’s. Get some H. Huntsman and don’t look back.
Mr. Robards was a gentleman actor, who in some ways bridged the gap of golden age actors that went to the market for groceries probably wearing a Caraceni or Kilgour, just because…. to actors today who couldn’t care less. Perhaps they’re better off. The world of bespoke can be all consuming. I suspect for Mr. Robards, putting a Huntsman jacket on was like putting on a Hanes t-shirt. No big deal, natural, easy.
But who told Jason Robards to go to Huntsman? Mr. Robards would never be mistaken for being overly stylish, or the proverbial “STYLE ICON,” a term that I could do without. Nor was he a dandy like those golden age actors who were “forced” to go to Savile Row. In Mr. Robards later years he was obviously sporting off the peg clothing, nothing distinct. So there was a point in time when Robards made the decision to go to Savile Row’s benchmark Huntsman. Perhaps his buddy and fellow actor Christopher Plummer, who resides in a neighboring Connecticut town where Robards once lived, inspired him. For Mr. Plummer, an Anglophile, is the only living actor I know of, who lives the bespoke life in it’s natural form. Bringing this up in 2016 is pointless. If you happen to stumble upon this jibber, who cares, what’s the point. Well there is no point, except for the fact that I am holding this glorious jacket, and it evokes the spirit of Savile Row. This garment personifies H. Huntsman & Sons, how great it can be, and the cast of characters that have gone through the doors, and yet the garments live on. Just look at this 47 year old jacket.
One look at this jacket is a reminder of why Huntsman was Huntsman. The sport coat is a signature house tweed. It stands fresh and alive today, just as it did the day Mr. Robards took delivery in 1969. Full of life and in perfect condition, this jacket is ready to be worn 100 more years, and it will never be dated. Timeless clothing, timeless style, timeless Robards.
This Huntsman signature house tweed is a bulletproof Scottish cheviot. The general House style for the Huntsman house tweeds would be the single button. However, they’ve done two as well as three button models. Generally the Huntsman jacket is cut slightly longer, giving proper skirting and balance. In 2016, the quintessential house tweed does not succumb the abominable lengths that are “IN,” and soon to fade away. The shoulder pitch for Huntsman changed trough the years. In this example, there is minimal padding, with not much slope, and nonexistent roping on the sleeve head. Huntsman has always been the master of the cheviot tweed. Regardless of the decade, the examples are always balanced and well executed to what can be a tricky fabric to tailor. There is essentially no drape so the cut has to be precise and balanced. A roped shoulder in cheviot is aesthetically difficult. Huntsman’s restraint is why one makes the trip.