Allen Ginsberg’s poem Howl hits you like a concussive hollow-point double-tap to the soul. This is his paean and plea, his discourse and dogma cry out for insurrection and revolution, and it is set — and could only be set — in the greatest of all cities, the churning crucible of music, art, film and literature known as New York. Like Ginsberg, who commemorates this ultimate collision between high and low with, “angel-headed hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of the night”, a slew of literary greats have selected the throbbing concrete metropolis as their muse. From Fitzgerald to Anne Ryan to Salinger, Hubert Selby, Jr. to Mario Puzo, from Mark Helprin’s A Winter’s Tale to McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City, New York has inspired innumerable efforts to perfectly encapsulate its eternal dynamism, its inimitable vibrancy and its extraordinary resilience. It is to New York that Savile Row tailors H. Huntsman — the legendary firm that has clothed the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Gianni Agnelli and Gregory Peck — and The Rake dedicate their latest collaboration, in the form of a capsule collection inspired by the city’s unmistakable, dazzling nocturnal skyline.
Campbell Carey, Huntsman’s Head Cutter and Creative Director, says: “Such is the vibrancy of New York and the multi-watt energy its night-time skyline emits that you can see it from space. And that gave us the inspiration for the centrepiece of our collection, a very special hacking jacket.” The idea was to take the traditional Huntsman tweed hacking jacket and transform it from something you’d wear in the country into the sexiest, louchest, boulevard prowling jacket that would be equally at home at a gallery opening or an elegant dinner.