The elegantly sprawling Texas home of Anne and Steve Stodghill played host to a lawn party earlier this month, to celebrate Huntsman’s very British tailoring on southern American soil. The Stodghills, together with Liz and Scott Kimple – both couples are cherished customers and long-time friends of Huntsman – threw the party on a balmy April evening, bringing a taste of Savile Row to Dallas’s Preston Hollow neighbourhood.
The Dallas crowd were invited to taste Balvenie scotch whiskies as they meandered around the estate, while nibbling on British afternoon tea staples of mini sandwiches and quiches. And alongside taking in the Stodghills’ eclectic modern art collection, guests got a glimpse of Huntsman’s distinguished tailoring, set up on mannequins around the residence. Among the Dallas society crowd were Rhonda and Fraser Marcus, Stephanie Seay, Lisa and Marvin Singleton, Maxine and Ben Trowbridge, Jenna Alexander, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Diane and Mark Laroe, Jonika Nix, and Kara and Randall Goss.
At the entrance to the Stodghills’ home, Huntsman had set up its gleaming Airstream trailer, which houses a mobile Huntsman tailoring studio within its all-American exterior. Marking the first time that the tailoring studio has travelled to Texas, guests stepped into the cosy space to get a first-hand experience of Huntsman’s bespoke tweeds, which upholster the sofas, cushions, and curtains in the trailer. And with a fitting room in the Airstream’s bedroom, the studio gives customers around the US the opportunity to experience Huntsman’s bespoke tailoring process, akin to that offered in its Savile Row headquarters or New York pied-à-terre.
As bagpipe player Lorne Cousin – one of Balvenie’s US brand ambassadors – serenaded the crowd, Pierre Lagrange, Huntsman’s chairman, and Steve Stodghill both addressed the gathering, giving an insight into the perennial appeal of Huntsman’s tailoring.
And while Texas might boast warmer climes than Huntsman’s London home, the house managed to bring a touch of England to the event, as brooding clouds gathered over the Texas skies – adding an unmistakably British mood to the proceedings.