Hackett was founded in 1979 by Jeremy Hackett and Ashley Lloyd-Jennings from a stall on
's London Portobello Road. The first shop, on the
"wrong end" of King's Road, in London Chelsea district, was selling
only used clothes.
The company gradually expanded over several years, increasing the number of branches and moving from acquiring and selling second-hand clothing to designing and selling its own items. International expansion began with the 1989 opening of a Spanish branch in
Alfred Dunhill bought a majority stake in the company in 1992. This cash injection facilitated the opening of the flagship store in Sloane Street the same year. This branch remains the largest and most comprehensive of the
In June 2005, Richemont sold Hackett Limited to the Spanish investment company Torreal S.C.R., S.A..Since then, Hackett has continued to expand internationally and now operates from 77 stores in sixteen countries across the globe.
As well as expanding geographically, the company has increased its range of services. As well as manufacturing and selling clothing items, Hackett offers personal and bespoke tailoring, a range of spectacles, grooming products, and a barbers in their flagship store in