We may have all seen the Armadillo shoes and feathered frocks at first hand… but what of the cloth that clothed the man himself? Well, there’s a new stop on Pilgrim’s Progress for Alexander’s acolytes… and it’s a Savile Row tailor’s shop. The former Row apprentice presented his very first menswear collection in collaboration with Huntsman back in 2002… and had his very own houndstooth two-piece made while he was at it – which, 13 years later, has finally found its way home.
Huntsman, who paid a record price at auction to reclaim the bespoke beauty, now holds the suit in its in-store archive collection, and welcomes McQueen’s admirers “to visit and remember his many years of brilliance”. If you do venture into the tailor’s shop which inspired this year’s smash-hit spy spoof “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (the idea struck writer-director Matthew Vaughn during a suit fitting), you’ll also be rewarded with a peek at the McQueen at Huntsman coat designed for David Bowie – and cut by Huntsman’s very own Gordon (who, if you ask very nicely and cross his palm with quite a lot of silver, will cut a bespoke something-something especially for you). You can even visit the cutting room in which Huntsman’s tailors have tirelessly toiled over patterns for everyone from Queen Victoria and Winston Churchill to Mark Strong and Charlotte Stockdale (sporting Huntsman in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair) over the past 166 years. Just watch out for secret buttons.
Visit H. Huntsman & Sons at 11 Savile Row, London W1S 3PS: 9am-5.30pm Monday-Friday; 10am-3pm Saturday