Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Jeremy Hackett, founder of the quintessential British menswear store, Hackett, is a true gentleman icon. Mr. Hackett not only embodies style and grace, he’s quite a handsome chap too. He was adopted at age six and as a child wasn’t a very good student. By age 16, he began working at a tailor’s shop, dreaming of having his own store one day. In 1983, he opened his first Hackett shop in England. The first shop sold second-hand clothes, and eventually sold his namesake apparel label, Hackett. My favorite pair of khakis I’ve ever owned were from Hackett! By 1992 the store had become a must-stop shop for classic menswear and Mr. Hackett sold it to the luxury goods group Richemont. He’s still the chairman of Hackett and wrote a column called, Mr. Classic, for The Independent, and is considered an authority on menswear. The book, Mr. Classic, came out a couple years ago, it's a collection of his best newspaper columns, which were all about Mr. Hackett's take on mens' style. The book is chock full of beautifully styled photographs epitomizing Mr. Hackett's taste.