Originally it was a camouflage corduroy sport coat that made me love Hickey. That was a few years back when they started the brand, back when Tommy Fazio (who is now the men’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman) was involved with the line. When Aaron Levine took over as design director for the SS08 season things only got better. I should point out that Aaron and I are friends, but that isn’t why I’m posting about Hickey. I genuinely like the clothes and I like that the company makes their suits in Rochester. With all that is going on with the brand, I hope that continues.
The AW09 line is everything I have come to expect from Hickey, nice looking outerwear, knits and of course the great selection of union made suiting. If you are wondering about the model, that would be very kind and earnest looking fashion editor Kevin Stewart. More looks from the collection and a little Q&A with Aaron Levine after the jump.
ACL: What is the inspiration for this collection?
Aaron Levine: Man, the inspiration comes from the honor of working for one of the best clothing manufacturers sprung from this wonderful country’s loins. I mean, the Hickey Freeman factory is an institution. My inspiration comes from trying to humbly and faithfully represent Hickey Freeman while at the same time challenging the consumer to reject any negative preconceived notions they may have about a century old tailored clothing company. This company has been producing amazing clothing for over a century. I just consider myself lucky to be able to carry the torch for a bit and show people how cool this stuff really is.
ACL: What would be the automobile pairing for Kevin Stewart as seen in Hickey AW09?
AL: You’re a bastard. You know this question sent me into cold sweats. That’s like asking, what’s your favorite album of all time. Anyway, here’s a shot, but you gotta give me three.
1. 1982 Jeep CJ-8 Scrambler Laredo. Soundtrack: The Band’s Last Waltz. Done and done.
2. 1970 Dodge Charger R/T with a copy of the Mopar Collectors Guide on the front seat with skull shift knob. Soundtrack: The Cult, Electric. I mean, come on Love Removal Machine…get out of here.
3. One import, for good measure: 1971 Porsche Carrera RS. Soundtrack: The Clash, London Calling. Starting with Death or Glory, then whole album on repeat.
And his commuting vehicle would be a blacked-out P-51 Mustang piping Metallica’s Kill ‘Em All through side-mounted loudspeakers. Think The Ride of the Valkyries scene from Apocalypse Now.
ACL: You are a true American hero Mr. Levine.