The Earl & Countess of Mornington and the Hunter Directors hosted a cocktail party to launch the new collection: Duke of Wellington by Hunter Field. The all-purpose equestrian collection, set to launch in Spring 2016, is the first collaboration within Hunter’s new brand category, Hunter Field. The event was held at Apsley House, the home of the first Duke of Wellington, in the same week as the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Working with the Duke of Wellington’s family, Hunter has reinforced historic pieces to create a collection that fuses technological advances with heritage design.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by 4 horses, with riders each wearing key pieces from the collection, before entering the house to see an installation of the collection made entirely of green bespoke hedging. In the upstairs floor of Apsley House, guests were served Nyetimber British sparkling wine and Gilpin’s gin, alongside a selection of British canapés from caterers Cellar Society. Music was provided by cellist, Ben Davies
Granted exclusive access to the family archive to create the pieces and working in conjunction with the Earl and Countess of Mornington, the collection for men and women features Hunter signatures alongside details of the Duke’s original riding boots. Dating back to 1814, the Duke’s boots have evolved to become the iconic Wellington of today.
Developed with our technical experts in the equestrian field, the collection comprises men’s and women’s leather and rubber boots including riding and jodhpur styles, all with scarlet red heel features inspired by the Duke’s original Wellington Boot, and discreet Duke of Wellington x Hunter Field branding. These sit alongside weather-protective technical outerwear featuring a cavalry coat, field jackets, mid-layers and a gilet.
The future of Hunter Field will see the continued development of footwear and outerwear that challenges the current notions of performance designs.