We caught up with senior cutter Rob Bailey of Huntsman, who heads the tailor’s trunk shows at Colony Clothing, and found out about an exclusive new summer cloth soon to be offered in Singapore
Holding frequent trunk shows at Colony Clothing for a number of years, storied Savile Row tailor Huntsman – founded in 1849, and famed for outfitting countless British royals – has had to tweak its traditionally tweedy, architecturally robust wares to suit clientele in the tropics.
Senior cutter Rob Bailey, who helms Huntsman’s Singapore trunk shows, explains, “The Huntsman ideal has always been country wear and well-structured business suits. To come to Singapore and be successful, we’ve had to adapt a little. Although we see clients here who travel a lot to cooler climes and still order our house tweeds or even 30-ounce overcoats, we must also cater to clients who want something practical in the heat and humidity of Southeast Asia.”
To do this, Bailey says, “We not only bring with us a large selection of the lighter cloths and the standard linens and cottons, but we’ve also been working on some ‘Huntsman own’ cloths so that our clients can still get that exclusive Huntsman tailored suit but from a fabric that’s ideal for the Singapore climate. At the moment that offering includes business suiting and jacketings, but soon we’ll be introducing some Huntsman exclusive sports jacketings, too.”
Bailey reckons the secret of Huntsman’s success in Singapore is not only the house’s willingness to adapt, but the frequency with which it holds trunk shows and one-on-one client servicing. “We visit four times a year, which means we are in Singapore every 12 weeks and can offer a start-to-finish turnaround of a garment in approximately six months. Considering everything is still made within 11 Savile Row, that’s a proposition too tempting for a Huntsman customer to resist!”