About Rory

Rory Hutton by Kris Kesiak

ABOUT RORY HUTTON

 

Rory Hutton is a Cambridge based artist, designer and historian. Inspired by history, art, architecture, theatre, opera and dance, his designs are most elegantly displayed through his highly coveted collections of luxury, silk scarves.

 

Since 2018 Rory Hutton has designed over 100 silk scarves for many of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious arts and heritage institutions, responding to their collections, performances and exhibitions. Known for his lively linocut illustrations and bold block colours, Rory Hutton delights in reinterpreting historical themes and imbuing them with a contemporary twist.


To date the designer has collaborated with The Royal Opera House, The Royal Collection, The British Museum, Westminster Abbey and The Victoria & Albert Museum to name but a few.


Notable commissions have included a collaboration with the Royal Ballet to celebrate the centenary of Dame Margot Fonteyn’s birth in 2019 and a current collaboration with Westminster Abbey to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022.


Already in 2022 Rory Hutton has designed scarves for The World of Stonehenge exhibition at The British Museum, Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery, Inspired! at Guildhall Art Gallery, as well as a range for Glasgow’s Burrell Collection which has reopened its doors after a six year refurbishment project.

 

Fascinated by history the designer has been honored to create scarves inspired by many of his favorite historical figures including The Sun King: Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette, Elizabeth I, Vita Sackville-West and Noel Coward.

 

Not limited to silk scarves, his collections have also included ties, pocket squares, bow ties and socks. Rory’s prints have also been licensed by museums and galleries for use on a number of complementary products including tote bags, greetings cards, stationary, ceramics and even soap.

 

Rory’s work has been featured in numerous publications including House & Garden, Country Life, Homes & Antiques, The English Home, Tatler, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, The Irish Times, Men’s Health, Savile Row Style Magazine and Time Out London.


CHARITY WORK

 

Rory Hutton has worked with a number of charities including the Art Fund, designing rewards for their crowdfunding campaign Conserve Canaletto and the Hands Up Foundation for Syria. Rory is currently embarking on a fundraising campaign in partnership with Pushkin House to raise funds for humanitarian work and creatives in Ukraine.


AWARDS


Rory Hutton is a Scottish Edge winner, Ion Magazine Breakthrough Awards winner, runner up in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards and ACE (Association of Cultural Enterprises) Awards Nominated.


TIMELINE


2022


  • The Burrell Collection commissioned a range of scarves, bow ties, ties, tote bags and stationary inspired by the museum’s collection of Iznik ceramics.
  • The British Museum commissioned a silk scarf for their exhibition, The World of Stonehenge.
  • Westminster Abbey commissioned a Platinum Jubilee themed scarf.
  • The Royal Collection commissioned a range inspired by Japanese decorative Arts for Japan: Courts and Culture at The Queen’s Gallery.
  • Guildhall Art Gallery commissioned Rory to design a range of products for their Inspired! Exhibition. This includes stationary and tote bags.
  • ACE (Association of Cultural Enterprises) Awards Nominated, Best Supplier Initiative. 

2021


  • The Royal Collection commissioned 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 commissioned a scarf inspired by their exhibition, Faberge in London: Romance to Revolution.
  • Compton Verney commissioned a range of prints inspired by their Capability Brown landscape. These prints were used for a range of products including silk scarves, ties, tote bags, homeware and stationary.
  • The French Porcelain Society commissioned 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.

2020


  • Charleston, Rory designs a limited edition art print for the Charleston Appeal to raise funds for the house during the pandemic.
  • The Royal Opera House commissioned a collection of scarves for their production of Madama Butterfly.
  • The Hands Up Foundation, Rory is appointed an ambassador of this charity and designs their charity Christmas card to raise funds for medical centers and schools in Syria and Lebanon.
  • The Noel Coward Foundation commissioned Rory to design a range of merchandise for their Noel Coward Art & Style exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery.

2019


  • The British Museum commissioned scarves inspired by their exhibition I am Ashurbanipal, I am King of the World.
  • The Royal Ballet commissioned a collection of six scarves to commemorate the centenary of Dame Margot Fonteyn’s birth.
  • Westminster Abbey commissioned a range of scarves inspired by the Abbey’s architecture and the tomb of Queen Elizabeth I.
  • The Wallace Collection commissioned a Marie Antoinette scarf.
  • The British Museum commissioned scarves inspired by the exhibition, Troy; Myth and Reality.
  • The Royal Collection stocks Rory’s Scottish themed scarves at The Palace of Holyrood House.

2018


  • The British Museum commissioned a range of silk scarves inspired by their Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece exhibition.
  • The Royal Opera House commissioned Rory to design ranges of fashion accessories and stationary inspired by Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
  • The Art Fund engaged Rory to design the rewards for their Conserve Canaletto crowdfunding campaign.
  • The Wallace Collection commissioned a range of scarves and ties inspired by Louis XIV and the museum's impressive gold box collection.

2017


  • 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.

2016


  • Launches Rory Hutton Ltd. specialising in men’s accessories.
  • Designs a collection of bow ties and pocket squares for Brown Thomas, Dublin.
  • Scottish Edge winner, Young Category (under 30), awarded a £10,000 business grant.

 

Rory Hutton Collaborations