Bespoke tailoring is about more than clothes: it is an entire culture of which the best garments that money can buy and the human hand can make are the tangible product.
Inspired by an appointment with his cutter, film director Matthew Vaughn turned the fitting rooms of Huntsman into the premises for his dapper team of spies, the Kingsmen. Vaughn, who was taken to the infamous tailor by his mother for his first bespoke suit upon reaching the milestone age of 18, has had a long-standing relationship with Huntsman. While in the real atelier coat hangers don’t transform into concealed weapons, the tailor’s needles and scissors work true magic. Conversations about fabrics, linings and other details can be as wide-ranging or as simple as you like. Many clients enjoy making their garments uniquely suited to their lifestyle, with hidden pockets for a cigar, phone, loose change or even an iPad. As many as 80 hours are dedicated to each garment over a period of 8-10 weeks. Huntsman will even replace missing buttons. Something they did recently for a jacket originally ordered by Lord Cawdor in 1925, and now worn by one of his grandchildren. “Your suits make me very elegant,” master couturier Hubert de Givenchy once said. High praise that is well deserved.