Ivy Style had the somber privilege of sharing the news of Norman Hilton‘s death last year, and now, as a follow-up to the acknowledging of his superb taste by one of his peers and a gallery of vintage advertising images, we offer this remembrance from the menswear trade.
Above is a shot of Hilton that ran with his obituary in the magazine MR (Menswear Retailing), while below is a highlight with quotes from Hilton’s son Nick:
“Perhaps the best word to describe my dad is ‘uncompromising.’ In every aspect of his life, he never settled: it had to be hand-sewn button-through throat latches on his sportcoats, gold-stamped Tiffany stationery, John Lobb shoes. When he wanted to add neckwear to his collection, he hired Ralph Lauren. Nothing but the best: every detail perfect.
“Norman Hilton was a visionary. Hired to build the Burberry brand in America, he didn’t sell raincoats; he sold British heritage. He had an amazing ability to see the bigger picture.
“From my dad, I learned everything about piece goods, about why two-ply English cloth works better for tailored clothing than flimsy Italian fabrics. He was never afraid of high prices: his clothing was for customers who wanted the best and that’s what he gave them. But more than any of this, my father was an incredibly generous man. The outpouring of love and affection at his funeral will stay with me always.”