Hunter is a British heritage brand renowned for its iconic Original boot. Founded in Scotland in 1856 by American entrepreneur Henry Lee Norris as the North British Rubber Company, the brand has a history of innovation and pioneering design. Headquartered today in Edinburgh, Scotland with offices in London, New York and Düsseldorf, the brand builds on its heritage of almost 160 years, creating footwear and outerwear to protect from the weather and perform across all terrains. The Original boot is at the heart of this. Introduced in 1956, the design is still made using many of the same heritage techniques and is handcrafted from 28 parts. Hunter holds two Royal Warrants by Appointment to HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as suppliers of waterproof footwear. An accolade awarded to those who have provided products to the royal households for at least 5 years, Hunter received the first in 1977 from the Duke of Edinburgh and the second from HM The Queen in 1986. In 2011, UK-based Searchlight Capital Partners L.P. became majority shareholders in the company. Signalling the start of a new path for the brand, James Seuss was appointed CEO in 2012, followed by Alasdhair Willis as Creative Director in 2013. Under Alasdhair Willis's creative direction, Hunter launched Hunter Original with a runway show at London Fashion Week, showcasing new footwear, outerwear and knitwear, alongside the iconic Original boot. Hunter Field, a new brand category, will be unveiled for spring/summer 2015. This specialist performance collection will deliver technical products, born from the development of pioneering techniques in manufacturing and materials.
Hunter was honoured to win Scottish Accessory Designer of the Year 2015 at the Scottish Fashion Awards. The judging panel included lead names in the fashion industry including Caroline Rush, CBE, Chief Executive of The British Fashion Council, Katie Grand, Stella Tennant and Rankin, alongside the Editors-in-Chief of The Gentlewoman, Grazia, Telegraph Fashion, Glamour, Paper, Harper
Lauded for the quality of its footwear, Hunter was awarded a Royal Warrant by Appointment to HRH Duke of Edinburgh in 1977 and later to HM The Queen in 1986, an accolade of the highest order.