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Material gain: Huntsman's new ready-to-wear tweed coat

The Savile Row tailor has created a versatile sports jacket suited to all manner of occasions, explains creative director Campbell Carey

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At Huntsman, one of the things we're most renowned for is bespoke. When we use tweed, it's normally destined for our bespoke customers, but for this season we've created a ready-to-wear piece in the material for the first time. It's a versatile cloth that can be worn both casually and formally, so we wanted to introduce it in a younger, more accessible style.

The Machir is loosely based on a hunting jacket – it has all the same elements, but slightly pared down so it's more wearable. We've designed it with comfort and practicality in mind – pinched pleats under the half-belt at the back ensure ease of movement, while the bellows pockets allow you to carry a large amount of things inside without distorting the line of the garment.

We've always been known for our exclusive, one-off bold checks and the one we've used here is a distilled version of these. It was important that we came up with something that felt quite modern – as well as shrinking the check pattern down, we've sharpened the herringbone and made it more monochromatic. It still very much has the Huntsman DNA, but in a new interpretation.

It's an adaptable piece that can be dressed up with a shirt and tie, or worn at the weekend with jeans or corduroy. At the end of the day, we just wanted to create a jacket that's great to wear – and we hope our customers agree.

CAMPBELL CAREY is the creative director and co-head cutter of tailoring specialist Huntsman, and has more than two decades of experience on Savile Row; huntsmansavilerow.com

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