By the late eighties, Hackett is attracting considerable interest from anglophile Europeans and in particular Spanish customers. Capitalising on this interest, Hackett opens its first shop in Madrid with Spanish partners. This provides the foundation for a very successful Spanish business which includes concessions with the Spanish department store group, El Corte Ingles.
Following on from the Polo association Hackett take on the promising 3 Day Eventer, William Fox-Pitt and so began one of the longest associations in the sport with William going on to take part in 3 Olympiads for Great Britain while winning all of the classics on the way. The home of the phrase, “Le style anglais”, becomes the next step in the expansion of Hackett with the opening of a shop on the Left Bank in Paris.
In recognition of international growth, Hackett was awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2012 by Queen Elizabeth the II. Hackett, with an established reputation for its Tweeds, launches its most enduring one in conjunction with “Horse and Hound” magazine, a bold and colourful tweed with a green base and red overcheck.The international audience was yet again wowed at London Collections: Men, where Hackett’s debut catwalk show was one of the highlights at the first London fashion week dedicated to menswear.
The focus on innovation continued online with the launch of a new look website in August 2012, allowing UK customers to view interactive brochures, shop from video and get style advice from Jeremy himself.