You may recall that famous line from the 1979 Remington microscreen commercial: “I liked the shaver so much, I bought the company.”
Well, in 2016, Belgian-born British hedge-fund titan Pierre Lagrange bought his favourite bespoke tailor, Huntsman of Savile Row. And now, he’s curated an 86-lot online auction from his own collection of bespoke pieces and new works that are perfect for the dad who has everything.
Everything except cashmere-lined cowboy boots, a tweed billiards table, tweed skis, or a customised Burning Man onesie.
Founded in 1849, Huntsman moved to 11 Savile Row in 1919. Shortly after, the store came to be recognised for its stately stags heads overlooking the shopfront. You can tap into the luxe buck life via Lot 19, a Stag Horn walking stick with a hole for your cigar. Very practical. Just remind Pops of classic cane manners: “Walking sticks are to be carried, not used as mashies.” – Victor H. Diescher, The Book of Good Manners, 1923.
Lots have reserves but there is no buyer’s premium.
With Lot 5, you can nab the reversible backgammon jacket once owned by Mick Jagger’s teenage granddaughter, Amba Jackson. On the outside, it’s a classic four-pocket morning coat. But flip it inside out, and there’s a full-scale backgammon board complete with secret inside pockets for checkers and dice. Backgammon is having a resurgence, after all, and you wouldn’t want Dad to ever be without.
Should his opponent get careless with the doubling cube and rack up an unpayable debt, perhaps Lot 16, a set of four silver bullets, is a wise investment. Vintage ’70s Cartier meets Lone Ranger? They’ll pay up.
If dear Papa is more of the craft beer than game-playing type, Lot 78, a George III silver tankard once owned by actor Gregory Peck should do the trick. For harder hooch, a VIP GlenDronach whisky experience has room for two. Because nothing says family like shared experiences, especially if said experience is a sporty day on a mahogany paddle board or a very strange overnight in a fitting room in a pair of cashmere sleeping bags.
This auction may be a first for Huntsman of Savile Row, but Sotheby’s has been down this Daddy’s Day road before. If you need more ideas, hearken back to 2016 and their penny-pinching 15 Father’s Day Gifts Under US$15,000.