ABOUT RORY HUTTON
Rory Hutton is an award-winning, Cambridge-based artist, print maker, and historian. Drawing upon his many inspirations, including architecture, theatre, opera, and dance, his collections of luxury silk scarves - featuring lively lino cuts and bold block designs - are testament to the strength of his passion for beautiful things and creative flair.
Since 2018, Rory Hutton has designed over 100 silk scarves for many of the UK’s most prestigious arts and heritage institutions, including the Royal Opera House, The Royal Collection, British Museum, Westminster Abbey, and Victoria & Albert Museum, in response to their collections, performances, and exhibitions.
Rory was commissioned by Westminster Abbey in 2022 to create a scarf to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee; and in the same year, Rory designed scarves for The World of Stonehenge exhibition at the British Museum; Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace; a range of merchandise for Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, which has reopened its doors after a six-year refurbishment project; inspired! at Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London; and a scarf for Kew Gardens, inspired by their Victorian Lily House, a collaboration with Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.
In the run-up to the 2022 festive season, Rory has designed Christmas cards for Highgrove House, the private residence of King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort; Dumfries House, The Noel Coward Archive, and the Royal Opera House.
His most recent collection has been inspired by the 400th anniversary in 2023 of the publication of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, widely regarded as one of the most significant literary treasures in the world. The range will be stocked by the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Westminster Abbey and British Museum.
Rory enjoys reinterpreting historical themes and imbuing them with a contemporary twist. Many of his favourite historical and literary figures, including Louis XIV (‘The Sun King’), Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Queen Elizabeth I, Vita Sackville-West, and Noel Coward, have provided the inspiration for some of his scarves.
Rory’s collections include ties, pocket squares, socks, and his signature bow ties. His prints have been licensed by museums and galleries for use on a number of complementary products, including tote bags, ceramics, stationery, greetings cards, and soap.
Rory’s work and career have been featured in many leading publications, including Tatler, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, House & Garden, Country Life, Homes & Antiques, The Irish Times, Men’s Health, Savile Row Style Magazine, Attitude, and Time Out (London).
In the January 2023 issue of The English Home, Rory Hutton was awarded a New Year Honours in the category 'Rising Stars'.
Rory Hutton is a Scottish Edge winner; Ion Magazine Breakthrough Awards winner; runner-up in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, and nominated for the ACE (Association of Cultural Enterprises) Awards.
Rory Hutton has worked with a number of charities, including the Art Fund to design rewards for its crowdfunding campaign, ‘Conserve Canaletto’, and the Hands Up Foundation for Syria. Rory is currently embarking upon a fundraising campaign, in partnership with Pushkin House to support humanitarian work and creatives in Ukraine.
MAJOR COMMISSIONS AND PROJECTS
- 1623 First Folio Collection stocked by the National Theatre, Royal Opera House, Westminster Abbey and British Museum.
- The Prince’s Foundation commissions Christmas cards for Highgrove House and Dumfries House.
- Westminster Abbey commissions a Queen Elizabeth II commemorative scarf.
- Kew Gardens commissions a scarf inspired by its Victorian Lily House.
- Kettle’s Yard commissions a series of prints inspired by brown furniture for use on silk scarves, wrapping paper, and stationery.
- British Museum commissions a scarf for its exhibition, Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic.
- Pushkin House commissions notebooks and greetings cards to raise funds for Ukrainian cultural workers and their families.
- The Burrell Collection commissions a range of scarves, bow ties, ties, tote bags, and stationery inspired by the museum’s collection of Iznik ceramics.
- British Museum commissions a silk scarf for its exhibition, The World of Stonehenge.
- Westminster Abbey commissions a Platinum Jubilee-themed scarf.
- The Royal Collection commissions a range inspired by Japanese decorative, Arts for Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace.
- Guildhall Art Gallery commissions a range of products for their Inspired! Exhibition. This includes stationary and tote bags.
- ACE (Association of Cultural Enterprises) Awards Nominated, Best Supplier Initiative.
- The Royal Collection commissions a series of prints inspired by Royal Animals to be used on a range of dog beds and pet accessories, in collaboration with Buckingham Palace.
- The Victoria & Albert Museum commissions a scarf inspired by its exhibition, Faberge in London: Romance to Revolution.
- Compton Verney commissions a range of prints inspired by its Capability Brown landscape. These prints were used for a range of products including silk scarves, ties, tote bags, homeware, and stationery.
- The French Porcelain Society commissions a scarf to mark the 300th anniversary of Madame de Pompadour's birth.
- Rory designs Christmas cards for The Royal Opera House, The Whitworth Art Gallery, and The Hands Up Foundation.
- Rory designs a limited edition art print for Charleston for its Charleston Appeal to raise funds for the house during the pandemic.
- The Royal Opera House commissions a collection of scarves for its production of Madama Butterfly.
- Rory is appointed an ambassador of The Hands up Foundation and designs its charity Christmas card to raise funds for medical centres and schools in Syria and Lebanon.
- The Noel Coward Foundation commissions Rory to design a range of merchandise for its Noel Coward Art & Style exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London.
- The British Museum commissions scarves inspired by its exhibition, I am Ashurbanipal, I am King of the World.
- The Royal Ballet commissions a collection of six scarves to commemorate the centenary of Dame Margot Fonteyn’s birth.
- Westminster Abbey commissions a range of scarves inspired by the Abbey’s architecture and the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I.
- The Wallace Collection commissions a Marie Antoinette scarf.
- The British Museum commissions scarves inspired by its exhibition, Troy; Myth and Reality.
- The Royal Collection stocks Rory’s Scottish themed scarves at The Palace of Holyrood House.
- The British Museum commissions a range of silk scarves inspired by its Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece exhibition.
- The Royal Opera House commissions Rory to design ranges of fashion accessories and stationery inspired by Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
- The Art Fund engages Rory to design the rewards for its Conserve Canaletto crowdfunding campaign.
- The Wallace Collection commissions a range of scarves and ties inspired by Louis XIV and the museum's impressive gold box collection.
- Presents accessories collection at London Fashion Week’s Official Showroom.
- Awarded Designer of the Year at the Ion Magazine Breakthrough Awards.
- Creative Entrepreneur of the Year Runner Up, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
- Registers Rory Hutton Ltd. specialising in men’s accessories.
- Designs a collection of bow ties and pocket squares for Brown Thomas in Dublin.
- Scottish Edge winner, Young Category (under 30), awarded a £10,000 business grant.
- Designs collection of Irish linen bow ties stocked at Fortnum & Mason of Piccadilly in London and Brown Thomas in Dublin.