DSCN3447-1Author Russell Rose has been writing on fashion for over fifteen years. In co-writing the book series Fashion Fabulous London, more than a thousand men’s and women’s fashion shops are looked at then the top 200 picked and reviewed in detail. Famed for its bespoke tailoring, Savile Row stretches from Conduit Street to Burlington Gardens and is one of the most historic retail districts in the world. Here’s an excerpt from the current edition of Fashion Fabulous London of one of the tailoring greats.

Huntsman, 11 Savile Row, London W1S 3PS | t: 020 7734 7441| Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5.30pm, Sat, 10am-5pm | Nearest Tube Piccadilly LU, 6 min walk | http://www.h-huntsman.com                                                                 

Category: Classic, Bespoke, Made to Measure, Ready to Wear | TOP 200 Shop | Menswear & Womenswear |Own label | Sizes: Men: 34-48

The impressive selection of in-house limited edition tweed designs, named after British Dukes from their archives is just one great reason to visit this venerable tailoring establishment. Being particularly interested in a tweed jacket, I found the Blue Norfolk sourced from the Inner Hebrides in Scotland was very attractive. You’ll definitely need to come down to the tailors here to see the material as the colours that you see online bear no relationship to the real thing. Made to measure is £1,854, ready to wear £1400, whilst bespoke is £3616. Matching tweed berets at £95 are available.

Huntsman interior-1The focus at Huntsman is still the perfectly balanced bespoke single buttoned jacket or suit. Established in 1849, Huntsman remains a place of anecdotes. At the front, an immaculate gentleman’s bicycle with basket, a horse saddle, a grand old fireplace and two stag heads said to have been left behind by a customer on his way to lunch create a timeless ambience. At the back, clearly visible are the cutting rooms, where they work on measurements, patterns and the long mahogany tables This is where as tradition has it your “sales advisor” will unroll the cloths for you to choose materials. The main work room is below ground and should you declare to go bespoke you will be invited for a full tour and an insight into the intricacies of their skilled techniques. Here too is the Patterns Room with its historical fascinating archive of five thousand patterns of the great and the good.

Huntsman is perfect for men who are looking for a quietly reassured timeless look, while the ready to wear makes fine every day wear. The ready to wear is very conservative still maintaining their legendary style of single button, well balanced and their signature waistband adjusters or side straps. The fitters are adept at explaining, charmingly, a garment’s shortcomings such as the trousers being too tight and explained how they could be let out. For a small alteration expect to be about £50.Made to measure suits are £2406 and there is flexibility to move to 2 or 3 button jackets and takes about 6-8 weeks to finish. Bespoke takes 3-4 fittings over a minimum of 12 weeks. A two piece is from about £4,608.

Huntsman also has hand-made shirts including those made from West Indian Sea Island cotton of outstanding quality, plus ties, handkerchiefs and braces. A valeting service is available where the resident presser spends over an hour re-shaping a jacket or coat virtually restoring it back to its original appearance when it was first made. A Women’s bespoke service is available by appointment Mon-Fri 10am-3pm.

Ratings: Wow factor: 5 Shopping Bags; Choice: 5 Shopping Bags; Service: 5 Shopping Bags; Price: £££££   5 Shopping Bags = Excellent     

Fashion Fabulous 3rd Edition coverFor the most fashionable places to shop in London, see our latest book Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition available now from all good bookshops including Waterstones, Harrods, Selfridges, Foyles, Stanfords Travel, Rizzoli Bookshop at Somerset House, Daunt, Easons, Wall & Jones, Bohemia Road, and Present-London. Internationally, it’s at Barnes & Noble in NY and bookshops in Italy, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, and throughout the world and on Amazon and many independent bookshop websites priced £12.99.

It reviews in detail the Top 200 fashion shops and 130 great venues where fashionistas eat and drink in London. Fashion Fabulous London 3rd Edition can also be ordered from our international distributor, Kuperard, telephone +44 (0) 0208 446 2440




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