Huntsman, the legendary Savile Row tailoring house that inspired Kingsman: The Secret Service, one of our favorite flicks in recent memory, has just launched a new ready-to-wear collection along with some accompanying shirting from the equally famed firm Turnbull & Asser, a favorite of Sean Connery-as-James Bond.
Hand-crafted in England, the impeccably tailored suiting will appeal to gents who are either working their way up to full bespoke or looking for a more versatile alternative.
The spring collection incorporates the brand's signature one-button silhouette, with cuts in lightweight fabric that "combine a traditional bespoke character with high-performance precision."
Huntsman, founded in 1849, has been the tailor of choice for many high-profile clients including the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Winston Churchill, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, Paul Newman, and Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn.
Also launching within the SS17 ready-to-wear range is a new collection of Huntsman shirting made in partnership with Turnbull & Asser, founded in 1885, who's notable clients include Prince Charles and Picasso in addition to Connery. The crisp shirts are made from handpicked 100% Egyptian cotton, woven in Italy and hand-dyed in Europe. Both the ready-to-wear and shirting options can be adapted to Huntsman made-to-measure service, one more level closer to full-bespoke, with thousands of different fabrics available.
Huntsman Creative Director Campbell Carey is behind the vision for the ready-to-wear collections, which feature the house's signature proportioned notched lapels and slanted flap pockets, with trousers cut with a flat front and side-tabs for a true custom touch.
Carey has introduced a number of timeless designs with a focus on high-performing natural fibers, including an innovative sports jacket which uses a new sustainable 100% bamboo cloth (above), priced at about $2,700. The rare and precious fiber "behaves like silk and is just as breathable, yet more durable," Huntsman notes.
Sounds like just the thing for the well-dressed secret agent...