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SUIT YOURSELF: In his lifetime, Gregory Peck commissioned Savile Row tailor Huntsman more than 160 times to create suits and coats for both his private and professional wardrobes. Until mid-July, 14 of these outfits are on display at the Huntsman store on Savile Row.
“My dad didn’t own a pair of jeans in his life,” said Peck’s son Anthony at the exhibition’s private view on Monday evening. “When I was around 18, I thought it would be a cool to give him a pair. He tried them on, but that was the end of it. He would wear his tweeds to pick us up from school, to visit us at college, in Central Park, on the Champs-Élysées, to read through scripts. He wore them till the elbows needed patching and now I wear them with elbow patches.”
On display alongside the original order books is the tweed coat worn by Peck in “The Omen” in 1976, the sports coat he wore as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962, the morning suit worn in “The Million Pound Note” in 1954, the dinner jacket he wore to collect his Oscar in 1963, and the suit he wore to receive his Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor, awarded to him by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1969.
In recognition of Peck and his fondness of tweed, Huntsman is re-creating two tweeds. The first tweed, based on a 1961 design, will emulate a jacket Peck owned dating back to 1965, while the second will replicate the tweed of the coat worn in “The Omen.”