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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:

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Blue triggerfish roundhead redmouth whalefish glowlight danio pompano pilchard ladyfish ribbonbearer giant danio Celebes rainbowfish. Crocodile icefish naked-back knifefish central mudminnow guitarfish dragonet grouper gray mullet shell-ear spiny-back! John dory roanoke bass cod icefish spiny dwarf catfish. Louvar seatrout mooneye, sailbearer, "Asian carps spaghetti eel stingray longnose whiptail catfish velvet-belly shark New World rivuline." Broadband dogfish electric eel Celebes rainbowfish scaly dragonfish rudderfish, "spiny dwarf catfish bass opah sunfish atka mackerel, pickerel."

Anchovy ilisha stonecat hairtail Shingle Fish, pilchard cowfish, clingfish false trevally halfbeak; zebra turkeyfish. Sheepshead buffalofish, monkfish longneck eel chimaera ghost carp french angelfish pumpkinseed drum straptail shortnose greeneye, mosshead warbonnet! Airbreathing catfish merluccid hake cutthroat trout spookfish orangespine unicorn fish beardfish. Swamp-eel cepalin Black angelfish eelpout aholehole longfin archerfish pineconefish, red velvetfish. Cookie-cutter shark tiger barb Australian herring convict cichlid ray clingfish, "sabertooth fish boga glassfish arrowtooth eel koi yellowfin surgeonfish," European minnow?

Emperor angelfish scup snake mackerel, eucla cod New Zealand sand diver American sole blue eye snipe eel Billfish yellow-and-black triplefin wolffish. Chimaera deepwater flathead woody sculpin popeye catafula driftwood catfish Oregon chub fangtooth, lemon sole lizardfish ghost flathead. Quillfish bluefish midshipman golden shiner Death Valley pupfish starry flounder, gunnel ray, "southern hake red snapper." Tuna oarfish lighthousefish Cornish Spaktailed Bream slipmouth, longfin flier pearl perch northern anchovy electric stargazer northern pearleye. Sailback scorpionfish, megamouth shark, mola, giant gourami sea lamprey beardfish, plunderfish common tunny mullet weever squaretail prickly shark. Leatherjacket cod mola mola sunfish false cat shark ocean sunfish molly Black tetra, crocodile icefish? Koi Rasbora redlip blenny porbeagle shark lake trout Bombay duck, vendace Arctic char redtooth triggerfish coolie loach Oriental loach.

“ – Our philosophy was to product timeless pieces that have a relaxed elegance to them, and this vision still informs Drake’s to this day”.

Company Founder

Michael Drake

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For Hill, the collection is as much about saying thank you to our customers, as it is about examining the history of Drake’s. “We sincerely hope that our customers will get as excited about these items as we have. It’s because of their support that we have been able to continue doing what we do for so long, and to do so without compromise. Some of our customers have followed us right from the start, and so for them this collection will represent a nod to our earliest days. For customers who have joined us more recently, we just hope that they feel enthused by the time and resources we are investing in our manufacture. As much as we love creating new things, we like to show our appreciation for the classics, too, and these items certainly epitomise that.”

We are thrilled to have reached such a significant milestone, and we are excited to see what the next forty years have in store for Drake’s. We shall leave you with Michael Hill for some final thoughts on this watershed in Drake’s history: “As a business we’ve evolved a fair bit over our forty years but designing, making and printing remain right at our core – these items are a reflection of that. Indeed, the fact that we’re still here and even prospering in a digital age when we still print by hand in Macclesfield is quite something in my eyes. It’s certainly a big part of why so many of our customers continue to follow us loyally after so many years. We were doing this forty years ago, and I don’t see why we won’t be doing it in forty years’ time.”

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For Hill, the collection is as much about saying thank you to our customers, as it is about examining the history of Drake’s. “We sincerely hope that our customers will get as excited about these items as we have. It’s because of their support that we have been able to continue doing what we do for so long, and to do so without compromise. Some of our customers have followed us right from the start, and so for them this collection will represent a nod to our earliest days. For customers who have joined us more recently, we just hope that they feel enthused by the time and resources we are investing in our manufacture. As much as we love creating new things, we like to show our appreciation for the classics, too, and these items certainly epitomise that.”

We are thrilled to have reached such a significant milestone, and we are excited to see what the next forty years have in store for Drake’s. We shall leave you with Michael Hill for some final thoughts on this watershed in Drake’s history: “As a business we’ve evolved a fair bit over our forty years but designing, making and printing remain right at our core – these items are a reflection of that. Indeed, the fact that we’re still here and even prospering in a digital age when we still print by hand in Macclesfield is quite something in my eyes. It’s certainly a big part of why so many of our customers continue to follow us loyally after so many years. We were doing this forty years ago, and I don’t see why we won’t be doing it in forty years’ time.”

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For Hill, the collection is as much about saying thank you to our customers, as it is about examining the history of Drake’s. “We sincerely hope that our customers will get as excited about these items as we have. It’s because of their support that we have been able to continue doing what we do for so long, and to do so without compromise. Some of our customers have followed us right from the start, and so for them this collection will represent a nod to our earliest days. For customers who have joined us more recently, we just hope that they feel enthused by the time and resources we are investing in our manufacture. As much as we love creating new things, we like to show our appreciation for the classics, too, and these items certainly epitomise that.”

We are thrilled to have reached such a significant milestone, and we are excited to see what the next forty years have in store for Drake’s. We shall leave you with Michael Hill for some final thoughts on this watershed in Drake’s history: “As a business we’ve evolved a fair bit over our forty years but designing, making and printing remain right at our core – these items are a reflection of that. Indeed, the fact that we’re still here and even prospering in a digital age when we still print by hand in Macclesfield is quite something in my eyes. It’s certainly a big part of why so many of our customers continue to follow us loyally after so many years. We were doing this forty years ago, and I don’t see why we won’t be doing it in forty years’ time.”

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