The British designer Tuesday announced a deal with the venerable Savile Row tailors H. Huntsman and Sons to launch his first bespoke men’s wear collection for next fall. The line will be made up of 12 individual styles a year designed by McQueen but made in the workrooms of Huntsman, which was founded in 1849.
“This is an important move for my men’s wear and a direction that I have wanted to pursue for a long time,” McQueen said in a statement.
The styles will focus on McQueen’s typical sharp tailoring but with more luxe fabrics that McQueen will develop himself. It will include day and evening wear in suits, jackets and coats. Fabrics for fall will include wool, cashmere and cashmere blends, including one with a subtle gold thread woven through.
Asked if McQueen and Huntsman might make bespoke suits for women, a McQueen spokeswoman said: “It’s a possibility. Cathy Horyn [fashion editor of the New York Times] has already asked [Alexander] if he’d make her one.”
The suits will take about five months to complete and involve four to six fittings. They will sell for $4,200 to $7,000, depending on fabric and style. All the suits will be lined with McQueen’s signature arctic white silk-satin.
The collection will be sold exclusively at Huntsman as well as at McQueen’s New York flagship on West 14th Street, which is due to open in July. McQueen said his future stores in Milan, Paris and Los Angeles also will carry the bespoke line.
McQueen got his start in fashion on Savile Row as an apprentice at, among others, Anderson & Shepard. He launched a men’s ready-to-wear collection at the same time that he introduced his women’s line but, in the last 18 months, has de-emphasized it to focus on his women’s collection. A McQueen spokeswoman said Tuesday that the designer eventually will relaunch his men’s rtw, but not for the foreseeable future.