Q&A: Campbell Carey of Huntsman, Savile Row

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Carey at work on Savile Row

As head cutter and creative director of Huntsman, Campbell Carey is a firmly established figure on Savile Row and considered one of the finest cutters in the trade.

Carey carries almost two decades of experience under his belt and a deep-seated love for the “rules and discipline of the trade”. Here he shares his opinions on what makes the best-dressed gentleman.

Who is the ultimate Huntsman gentleman?

As with the rest of Savile Row, discretion is key and it’s impossible to choose an ultimate customer. The ‘Huntsman Gentleman’ comes from all walks of life.

Who is the most stylish man in London? Our very own Johnny Allen [Bespoke manager at Huntsman]

What constitutes a stylish man?

Someone who dresses for himself.

What are three items every gentleman should own?

A Huntsman house checked sports coat, George Cleverley shoes and a plain white Turnbull and Asser shirt.

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Huntman’s timeless designs

Why are well-made clothes so important?

To stand the test of time, if well cared for, a Huntsman garment can transcend generations.

What is the ultimate gentlemanly investment?

A one button navy blue bespoke suit.

What is the first thing you notice about another gentleman’s outfit?

Fit.

What makes London the fashion capital of the world?

Having worked on Savile Row for nearly twenty years, it’s easy to see how it has driven and inspired the world’s designers and fashion houses alike.

If you were to wear one item for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My Huntsman tweed coat. It just keeps getting better with age

If there was to be one message translated across all Huntsman clothes, what would it be?

Heritage and craft.

Who, or what, is your inspiration?

The team here at Huntsman and our 160-year heritage.

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The Huntsman team

If you could have dinner with three stylish gentlemen, dead or alive, who would they be?

Looking through our customer order books, it would be so fun to have a Huntsman dinner with the likes of Sir Charles Darwin, Paul Newman and Sir Harry Secombe.

If you could have any gentleman’s wardrobe, whose would it be and why?

Gregory Peck, a long standing customer of Huntsman. He had such amazing taste.

What is your number one style rule?

To always try to look one’s best, unless I’m chasing around after my two daughters.

Is there one particular detail you try and continue through every collection?

That every piece must be timeless and remain a wardrobe staple.

What key essentials should any discerning gentleman have in their wardrobe?

A Huntsman three-piece, one button suit in navy or charcoal – its simplicity makes it completely versatile for any business or formal occasion. A hopsack blazer and separate grey trousers are a must for business travel. Our Mac is ideal from spring to autumn and back again.

How about smart casual for the summer months?

Be ever hopeful of a hot summer’s day then think practically with a loose weave or light-coloured jacket. A lightweight shirt in voile or linen makes for total comfort.

Finally, how should a gentleman approach a black tie affair?

Ultimately, make an effort and do not improvise, no fuss and remember less is more. The suit should be black, midnight blue or white jacket and black trousers, nothing else. A classic collared white shirt and bow tie. No cummerbunds, unless you have something to hide. No belts, they interrupt the line of the suit. No contrasting socks. Black shoes only, with no broguing.