Savile Row Tailor Huntsman Curated the Ultimate Sotheby’s Auction
The collection includes bespoke pieces of the brand’s eccentric owner, Pierre Lagrange.
Not even James Bond can count some of these near-priceless wares as apart of his arsenal of luxuries. Instead, they come by way of one real-life, Bond-esque bon vivant. Financier-turned-owner of storied English suiting house Huntsman Savile Row, Pierre LaGrange, has teamed up with the equally revered auction house, Sotheby’s to bring us an assortment of never-before-seen goods.
“This sale will see the legacies of two historic Mayfair institutions collide in what will be an exceptional opportunity to acquire bespoke creations from the most exclusive tailor on Savile Row,” said Sotheby’s UK Chairman Harry Dalmeny, referring the London’s most tony neighborhood. “Appearing in an unprecedented online lifestyle auction, each lot will embody the integrity, craftsmanship and contemporary elegance which has come to define Huntsman, and the style and sophistication sought by our clients. Our online-only sales have soared in popularity over the past year and we’re tremendously excited to inaugurate our first online lifestyle sale with such an esteemed partner.”
Running from May 22 to June 1, the curated collection of luxe items will kick off with a viewing at Sotheby’s New Bond Street location, giving shoppers first-hand looks at these no-reserve items. Among them, you’ll find an array of bespoke pieces from the LaGrange’s private collection, alongside commissioned new works that bring the well-heeled Huntsman ideals to life. So what, exactly, does that entail? A lot of beautiful, expensive things, naturally.
“From the clubroom and dressing room to the garage and the grounds, a Huntsman lifestyle can extend to each element of the home,” LaGrange explained in a statement. “Since its beginnings in 1849, Huntsman has developed an unparalleled understanding of sartorial elegance, and a supreme knowledge of, and appreciation for, the world’s leading craftsmen. Indeed, our clients appreciate the best of everything. For this sale at Sotheby’s we have teamed up with the very finest artisans across Great Britain, France, Italy and the USA to fashion a selection of entirely unique Huntsman creations.”
On the auction block, these unique creations are shown in spaces. They include a pair of cashmere-lined cowboy boots, a tweed-accented Harley Davidson Crossbone 1600cc, and, in keeping with the tweed theme, a vintage oak pool table covered in the same fabric. For city dwellers who may not have the space to spare, there are also Foster & Sons red tassel loafers housed in a matching red leather briefcase, a pair of solid gold, spider-accented Givenchy cufflinks, and, for the first time, sunglasses made in collaboration with Sea2see Eyewear. In all, it shows a clear step toward modernity for the Savile Row house, but they certainly won’t be abandoning one core value: Luxury. “Each item in the sale has been hand-crafted with the discerning gentleman’s lifestyle in mind,” Lagrange added. “They’re meant to be enjoyed across business, leisure and social pursuits.”Marc Newson hourglass from the collection of Huntsman’s chairman. (Huntsman)
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