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Throughout its 167 year legacy, Huntsman garments have decorated the biggest names in its extraordinary client list that the world has to offer, regularly meeting the fashion requirements of kings, queens, designers, actors and rock stars alike, all seeking out the finest bespoke tailored pieces, deeming Huntsman as the only option, crafting their own take on the traditional well-dressed image, all of which are well documented in the London and New York branches. These include;
Queen Victoria (1819 – 1901)
One of the most iconic figures in history, Queen Victoria held the throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from her coronation in 1838, which took place at Westminster Abbey, up until her death in 1901. This iconic 63 year period was known as ‘The Victorian Era’ and included monumental advances in industry, culture, politics, science and military, and was a groundbreaking expansion of the British Empire. It’s documented that Queen Victoria utilized Huntsman’s bespoke tailoring services in 1888.
Winston Churchill (1908 - 1965)
A man who needs no introduction, Winston Churchill has been described as ‘the greatest Briton who ever lived’ by scholars and historians alike, and like Queen Victoria, is another of the most iconic British figures in history. During his reigns as Prime Minister, Churchill pushed Great Britain through The Second World War between 1940 and 1945, and then again between 1951 and 1955. The man behind motivational phrases such as ‘If you’re going through hell, keep going’ and ‘success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’ Huntsman’sarchives cite that Churchill was dressed by their well experienced hand in 1920.
Peter Sellers (1925 – 1980)
A man so involved in his art that he has been quoted as saying “If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am”, Sellers was a much loved to this day British actor, comedian and singer (who worked with ‘The Fifth Beatle’ George Martin in his early days), who rose to fame in 1955 comedy ‘The Ladykillers’, before securing his legacy in the film industry for his portrayal of bumbling fool Inspector Clouseau in 1963’s ‘The Pink Panther’, which spawned a sequel in 1975, ‘The Return of the Pink Panther’. Sellers was dressed by Huntsman’s hand in 1951.
Elizabeth Taylor (1932 – 2011)“Big girls need big diamonds.” A woman of the utmost luxury, Taylor was known for her portrayal as the Egyptian queen in 1963 historical epic, ‘Cleopatra’, alongside husband Richard Burton, a megastar marriage for their time. The duo also starred alongside each other in 1966’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ The pair made headlines worldwide in 1969, when Burton purchased a 68 carat diamond known as The Taylor Burton Diamond. Burton was initially outbid by infamous diamond company Cartier, before Burton was able to finally negotiate the diamond out of their hands for a breath-taking $1.1 million dollars (approximately £5million pounds today.) Elizabeth Taylor visited Huntsman in 1953.
Sir Laurence Olivier
Sir Laurence Olivier (1907 – 1989)
Laurence Olivier dominated British stages up and down the country throughout the 20th century as a classically trained actor, giving striking performances in a number of performances including 1944’s ‘Henry V’, a 1948 adaptation of Shakespeare tragedy ‘Hamlet’, 1955’s ‘Richard III’, and starred alongside Kirk Douglas in 1960’s historical epic ‘Spartacus’, directed by ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ director Stanley Kubrick. A regular performer of Shakespeare’s plays, Olivier took the title role in 1965’s ‘Othello’. Olivier visited Huntsman in 1954.
In recent years, Huntsman has continued to dress the biggest names in music and film, including;
A jack of all trades across the entertainment industry, Laurie is an actor, author and passionate musician to name just three traits he dabbles in. Rising to fame working alongside Stephen Fry in ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’ and playing lovable idiot George in the infamous ‘Blackadder’ series, Laurie achieved super stardom playing troubled genius Dr Gregory House, whose portrayal awarded him a pair of Golden Globe Awards and a duo of Screen Actors Guild Awards. In 2011, Laurie earned his way into the Guinness World Records as the most watched leading man on television and as one of the highest paid actors in a television drama, earning a startling £250,000 per episode as House. Laurie visited Huntsman in 2005.
One of the most iconic figures in the British music industry, Paul Weller rose to fame with The Jam, and also led an equally successful solo career. One of the most stylishly dressed men in the industry, Weller carries a quartet of Brit Awards under his belt, one of which was the Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2006. ‘The Modfather’, as he’s often known, stepped away from the Union Jack and wrapped himself in Huntsman’s bespoke garments in 2013.
Last but by no means least is acclaimed British actor, Damian Lewis, who can currently be seen in Showtime drama ‘Homeland’, a performance which earned him an invite to dinner with Barack Obama at The White House in March 2012. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Lewis has had a vast career in film and theatre, including various performances with The Royal Shakespeare Company and in HBO/BBC mini series, ‘Band of Brothers.’ Instantly recognisable by his red hair, Lewis received an OBE in 2014 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to drama. Lewis stepped through the doors of Huntsman in 2015.
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