Jo Malone and Huntsman Collab | Makes Scents I Suppose

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This week I attended a dinner with some handsome souls to witness the release of the new fragrance collaboration between Jo Malone and Huntsman Savile Row. I'm a huge fan of each of these quintessentially British brands and it's great seeing these two juggernauts within their respected industries join forces. 

I've mentioned it countless times before, but I love it when the right people come together and make things happen. One of the biggest crimes of the last century is that Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren never had any kids. Those two were specimens, in their peak the best athletes on the face of the earth had they borne a child, it would be flying around right now catching planes falling out the sky. 

I digress. 

The bottles are beautifully appointed, dressed for success in a distinctive bottle, decorated with Huntsman's gold typography and a matte burgundy cap.

The four refined fragrances are as follows. 

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AMBER & PATCHOULI COLOGNE

For lavish evenings, entombed with the presence of amber. A scintillating pairing, blended measurably with deep, characterful patchouli.

ASSAM & GRAPEFRUIT COLOGNE

The luring smokiness of guaiacwood. Like Mariella Frostrup's voice, late 90's. (I've not heard it for the past 20 years as she's not been on the telly as much. I can only imagine it's got smokier but I can't attest to that). It's lively, full bodied and seductive. (The scent, not Mariella Frostrup. Although I bet Mariella is also those things, but having never met the lady, I can't attest to that either). 

BIRCH & BLACK PEPPER COLOGNE

The initial notes will project a citrus burst of grapefruit. As it settles, the  black tea note of Assam simmer through seamlessly, unfolding like the last ten minutes of an Agatha Christie Murder Mystery. 

It has a herbal, forest-floor vibe and would is on the crest of being intrusive, yet shows restraint just at the last. 

WHISKY & CEDARWOOD COLOGNE

Anything with Cedarwood gets my spider-senses tingling. Wait, no wrong way round. Anything with Whisky in I should say. (But spray responsibly).  Fused with the cool spiciness of black pepper and cardamom, juxtaposed with smoky birch and an accord of magnetic ink. 

 

The new collection is available at jomalone.co.uk, select Jo Malone London Boutiques and Huntsman, Savile Row from October 2018.

Photo Credit @archiebrooksbank

Sotheby’s Partner with Savile Row Tailor Huntsman & Sons

This May, Sotheby’s will partner with esteemed Savile Row tailor Huntsman & Sons to stage its first online-only luxury lifestyle sale.

Featuring an array of bespoke pieces from the private collection of Huntsman owner and financier, Pierre Lagrange, alongside commissioned new works that exemplify the Huntsman lifestyle, this collection reflects Lagrange’s expert knowledge and appreciation of exquisite objects.

The sale will offer a view into the life and passions of Pierre Lagrange as a custodian to Huntsman’s unique heritage, which has attracted discerning patrons throughout the ages. 

Was this the best bloggers breakfast of the year?

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It was right up there. Many looking transfixed as they ogled the fine artisan pieces from Pierre Lagrange's collection, who by the way was impeccably turned out in a traditional pin stripe suit, elongated jacket. He spoke eloquently about his collection, always wanting to impart traditional heritage yet move the idea of tradition into new contemporary areas. (I'm not saying tradition with a modern twist. I REFUSE!)

Of course I have compiled a wish list of my favourite pieces, slightly out of my price bracket unfortunately.

The Huntsman x Sotheby’s auction will run exclusively online from Tuesday 22nd May to Friday 1st June, 2018

Lot 72: HUNTSMAN BESPOKE TANGERINE SMOKING JACKET | Matthew Vaughn

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Yes sir! I'd like the now famous Tangerine Velvet Smoking Jacket worn by lead actor Taron Egerton in the movie 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'. This isn't the original one, but perhaps one better would be to have this prototype jacket recreated to my measurements by Huntsman's Head Cutter Campbell Carey. ESTIMATE: £7,000 - £10,000

 

Lot 77: THE GLENDRONACH KINGSMAN EXPERIENCE | Brown Forman

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I actually got close to this tipple of GlenDronach Kingsman Edition 1991 Vintage during the films promotion and it was just an awesome blend. As well as a tasty souvenir the bidder will also receive a VIP tour of the GlenDronach distillery in the Scottish Highlands for two people, along with one night's accommodation at Glen House, dinner and breakfast. 

If you'd like to know a little more about how Brown Forman got involved with the franchise you can check out this interview with ambassador Nate BookerESTIMATE: £1,500 - £2,000

 

Lot 5: HUNTSMAN BESPOKE BACKGAMMON JACKET | Amba Jackson

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I'd possibly say this is something I'd not only consider bidding on, but something I'd consider masterminding some elaborate heist for. Designed by Amba Jackson the rock and roll star’s granddaughter and designer and a keen amateur of the board game in her own right.

No one wants to schlepp a backgammon board game around whilst on set. Amba worked with Huntsman's creative team to produce a unique board design printed on the inside lining of creative director Campbell Carey’s black linen travel jacket, transforming it into a wearable backgammon set. 

The prototype offered to the winner of this lot is available in size 36, however the buyer's size can be accommodated upon request. ESTIMATE:  £2,000 - £3,000

 

Lot 43: THE HOURGLASS BY MARC NEWSON FROM THE COLLECTION OF HUNTSMAN'S CHAIRMAN

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Pierre spoke very elegantly about this this extraordinary hand-blown hourglass. It was the first thing he mentioned when doing the talk and I got the feeling he didn't really want to see it go. 

The design features contain a narrow waist, reminiscent of Huntsman's iconic one-button silhouette. ESTIMATE: £35,000 - £40,000

 

Lot 56: WORK AT HUNTSMAN WITH HEAD CUTTER, LUNCH AT ANNABEL'S WITH HUNTSMAN'S CHAIRMAN

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Ok lastly but not leastly, and this one resonates with me truly, a chance to cut my own Huntsman suit with those big Huntsman tailor shears. It would be an absolute dream to not only own a bespoke Huntsman suit, but to be able to make one also under the careful eye of Huntsman's Head Cutter Dario Carnera. 

Get this at a snip, pun intended. ESTIMATE: £8,000 - £12,000

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Lagrange comments, Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman, says, “From the clubroom and dressing room, to the garage and grounds, a Huntsman lifestyle can extend to each element of the home. I invite you to discover them in our exclusive online sale, where we celebrate the pieces that form the overall experience of the brand.”

Who is Pierre Lagrange? 

Pierre Lagrange is the owner and executive chairman of Huntsman & Sons, one of the world’s oldest and most sought after names in bespoke tailoring, and custodians of a craft dating back to 1849 when the store was established on Bond Street in London. Lagrange acquired Huntsman in 2014 with a view towards growing the 169 year old bespoke business globally.

All lots will be offered without buyer’s premium, and will be on exhibition in the Wemyss Gallery at Sotheby’s New Bond Street. Visit sothebys.com/huntsman for more details on to find out how to bid.

 

HUNTSMAN QUINTESSENTIALLY BRITISH

Huntsman are a Savile Row success story, founded in 1849 by Henry Huntsman and a brand I have admired for a very long time. The name Huntsman would suggest dapper country gentlemen and a large part of their collection is tweed and targeted to that market although looking further into their work; they have some incredible tailored suits.

Huntsman, the quintessential British Luxury Brand, project a timeless, sharp look in a thoroughly modern fashion. The brand have a rich history and proud traditions, with strong values of quality and craftsmanship. Over 80 hours of workmanship go into creating each garment. The high end bespoke suit manufacturer also sell accessories such as stylish umbrellas (From £155), overcoats well worth the investment (from £1950), cashmere scarves (from £225) and knitwear (from £125). 

Huntsman have a history of exceptional bespoke tailoring but also have a relatively small collection of suits, shirts and knitwear that you can purchase online.

Here are my picks from their online collection...

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