H is for Hickey. And happiness. For happily, upscale menswear retailers finally have a quality counterpart to Suitsupply, something that will bring in younger (25-35-year-old) clothing customers, something cool but beautifully constructed that they can sell without apologies at retails under $1,000.
The concept is modern American fashion with authenticity. And what’s more authentic than Hickey Freeman, established in 1899 and produced in Rochester, New York for all these years. All fabrics for the fall ’15 collection are either made in America (by American Woolen Company), the mill that formerly made Loro Piana fabrics and that was also founded in 1899) or else are from the finest mills in Italy. The details and nuances are exceptional: leather loops, subtle camouflage linings, fabrics made with natural vegetable dyes, sophisticated stripes and plaids, double-faced fabrics, quilted knits, great DB’s and some fabulous peacoats. A must-have item for every order: the navy shawl-collar tuxedo!
Most styles are available in three fits, but president and creative director Arnold Brant Silverstone says he’s encouraging merchants to buy the more aggressive styles in the slimmest fits. “In our slim fits, the wearer has total movement. Unlike some contemporary makers that don’t quite understand the technical aspects of producing slim fits, we are clothing experts and know how to provide some extra room under the sleeves and near the shoulder blades.”
And in fact, this fabulous clothing collection combines fit and quality with comfort and cool, a hard to find combination. Until now.