Jeremy Hackett & Ashley Lloyd-Jennings
Pepe London Group
Hackett is an upmarket, British Gentlemen's clothing company founded and headed by noted classic menswear designer Jeremy Hackett.
Clothing ranges and styles on offer include polo shirts, rugby shirts and formal/dress clothing for men and children. In September 2009, Esquire magazine featured a Hackett tie as one of its top 5 knitted ties. Ranges are also offered in conjunction with sponsorships and partners such as Aston Martin Racing, the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, and the British Army Polo Team.
More recently, Hackett has branched out into other, more diverse areas, offering bespoke men's tailoring, hairdressing, and tax-free shopping in selected stores in London.
Hackett now operates from a total of thirteen UK locations with its flagship store in Sloane Street, London. Branches are established in five cities across Great Britain, including London, York and Edinburgh.
Sixty-four Hackett branches have been opened outside the UK, mainly in Europe and Asia but also in Mexico and Japan.
Hackett capitalised on Spanish interest in British fashion by opening a shop in Madrid in 1989, quickly followed by a business partnership with Spanish department store chain El Corte Inglï¿½s. This initial collection of stores has since grown to a total of 31 stores in Spain, outnumbering the total number currently in the UK.
Hackett now has a presence in thirty countries worldwide. In December 2009 a new flagship store was opened on the Boulevard des Capucines, Paris.
In 1983 Jeremy Hackett and Ashley Lloyd-Jennings met at the Portobello market where they were both looking for secondhand clothes. They decided to open a store in New Kings Road, London where they sold selected secondhand garments. This store became famous in a short space of time. From this success the idea was born to produce a line with traditionally English images.
International expansion began with the 1989 opening of a Spanish branch in Madrid. Branches in the UK include Jermyn Street, Regent Street, Eastcheap, Covent Garden and Hackett has expanded to include several prime cities in Europe.
In 1991, with seven stores in London and good export, the majority share of the company was acquired by Dunhill Holdings. This cash injection facilitated the opening of the flagship store in Sloane Street the same year. This branch remains the largest and most comprehensive of the UK shops.
In 2005 the Pepe London Group acquires Hackett from Richemont and invests heavily in the development of the brand with the aim of reinforcing its position as the best in British style in the UK and abroad. Since then, Hackett has continued to expand internationally and now operates from 77 stores in sixteen countries across the globe.
As well as expanding geographically, the company has increased its range of services. As well as manufacturing and selling clothing items, Hackett now offers personal and bespoke tailoring, a range of spectacles, grooming products, and a barbers in their flagship store in Sloane Street, London.
Hackett appointed American creative director Michael Sondag, who joined Hackett from Tommy Hilfiger in 2005.
No Hackett stores have yet been opened in the US but company founder, Jeremy Hackett, commented in a 2009 interview: "Yes, we looked at the US and got very close to opening on Madison [Avenue, New York] last autumn but we decided the time was not quite right"
The Hackett style is inspired by traditional British men's clothing. Founder Jeremy Hackett describes this approach to design as "our clothes wear in, not out".