Presenting the latest in our series of artist collaborations. For this collection of pocket squares, we teamed with London-based experimental painter, Filippo Caramazza.
Over the course of the last decade, London-based artist Filippo Caramazza has established himself as a singular presence, working in a field more-or-less of his own making. His painting style is a bold synthesis of classical brushwork and experimental thinking, drawing inspiration from a remarkable breadth of sources, from European Old Masters, to early 20th century poets, to the pioneers of American jazz. We are excited to present a collection of pocket squares made in collaboration with Filippo. Entitled Harlem Air Shaft, after the Duke Ellington composition, the collection comprises four pocket squares, each of which is printed with one of Filippo’s distinctive ‘folded’ paintings, that make use of negative space and decorative borders. Allow Filippo to reveal his thinking behind the collection:
‘I was introduced to Michael and Drake’s through a friend. There’s such a rich history of artist-designed textiles, so I was excited to be asked to take part. In the ‘40s, manufacturers such as Wesley Simpson and Zika Ascher worked with all the important artists of the time - Matisse, Braque Delaunay; and in Britain, Hepworth, Moore and Nash, to name just a few. Picasso even designed sportswear. It’s lovely to see Drake’s continuing with that idea. A square is so simple and versatile, and an inexpensive way to own a work of art - hung on a wall, or as part of an outfit. When Michael visited the studio, he was very open minded about things so the whole process was very straightforward. We decided on a number of existing folded paintings. The paintings in this series often consist of a central motif along with a decorative border, so stylistically they seemed to lend themselves to pocket squares.