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post #1 of 77
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Huntsman, one of the most conservative tailors on Savile Row has been sold
(and is set to go all trendy and designer-ish).

Oh dear, oh dear…..!


http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/downton-tailor-sold-to-hedge-fund-star-and-his-couture-partner-8444461.html

http://www.drapersonline.com/news/huntsman-to-focus-on-womenswear-under-new-owners/5044593.article
post #2 of 77
Change is already underway on the webpage.
Edited by bboysdontcryy - 1/9/13 at 11:30am
post #3 of 77
Womenswear...
Roubi L’Roubi...
"Designer"...

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post #4 of 77
Though the company has been sold a few times, as is detailed in Richard Anderson's book. There's no saying that there will be a monumental change to the structure of its men's bespoke operation.

I, however, am not optimistic about the prospective success of the women's line.
Edited by bboysdontcryy - 1/9/13 at 12:10pm
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post #6 of 77
Richard Anderson is about to gain some new clients.
post #7 of 77
Here they are at the Venice Biennale:

Tycoon Pierre Lagrange, pictured right with Roubi L'Roubi, has sold his house to help pay for Britain's biggest divorce settlement

If personal style is any indication, RIP Huntsman.
post #8 of 77
I had a vintage Huntsman tux briefly before I decided not to get it altered, and that was an amazing piece. However some of the stuff from Huntsman over the past few years hasn't really been all that impressive, of course, my sample size is very small.
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post #10 of 77

Bah, RIP I guess...

 

I have an older huntsman overcoat that I got a year ago from ebay, wasn't that expensive either, but its really quality design and the tough wool keeps me warm throughout the season; have a feeling it will last on years to come. Haven't checked any of their recent stuff, but its still painful to see this kind of thing happening :(

post #11 of 77
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Originally Posted by bourbonbasted View Post

Womenswear...
Roubi L’Roubi...
"Designer"...

uhoh.gif

Tom Ford
post #12 of 77
I am very curious about this. So far, the Huntsman site is unchanged except for a new section on L'Roubi. L'Roubi's own site says similar things as the Huntsman site and the intention seems to be to fold his business into Huntsman rather than the other way around. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Smith and Murphy (main manager and cutter) seem to not only be remaining but also featured, which is important. I found Huntsman's workmanship to be first rate and among the best on the Row (Sedwell and RA being the other two that may be equal or better) and I like their look. They are also very attentive to detail and do not follow the one fitting and done model that most travelling tailors employ. If that doesn't change and if their already high prices don't rise, I don't know why this would be a bad thing. I can certainly see how L'Roubi will attract female clients and even some male clients who want to feel like they are getting something more individualized than simply the bespoke fit - like what Taube was doing at Sedwell and now Gieves & Hawkes.
post #13 of 77
Well said, Dopey. The workmanship is impeccable as is the service. Hard to imagine that the Huntsman house style will change for those who want no change, and Peter and Patrick are still front and center. Based on the website, there don't appear to be any other personnel changes. David Ward is still listed as a senior cutter. Even David Coleridge, who I believe was one of the many owners before the sale, is still listed as managing director. I can't imagine moving to a different tailor simply because of a change in ownership. A
post #14 of 77
Well . . . I only have one thing in process with them at the moment and I wasn't planning on ordering anything new (from them or anyone else) for a while. But every time I wear the tweed sportcoat they made for me, I want to get another one. Certainly, if I were to want something new, the ownership change would not make a difference to me at the moment.
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

I am very curious about this. So far, the Huntsman site is unchanged except for a new section on L'Roubi. L'Roubi's own site says similar things as the Huntsman site and the intention seems to be to fold his business into Huntsman rather than the other way around. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Smith and Murphy (main manager and cutter) seem to not only be remaining but also featured, which is important. I found Huntsman's workmanship to be first rate and among the best on the Row (Sedwell and RA being the other two that may be equal or better) and I like their look. They are also very attentive to detail and do not follow the one fitting and done model that most travelling tailors employ. If that doesn't change and if their already high prices don't rise, I don't know why this would be a bad thing. I can certainly see how L'Roubi will attract female clients and even some male clients who want to feel like they are getting something more individualized than simply the bespoke fit - like what Taube was doing at Sedwell and now Gieves & Hawkes.

Have you tried Poole? How do you think they compare with Huntsman?
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