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
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