Gap & GQ Magazine team up for designer menswear line
By Brittany Anas
What do you get when you cross Gap and GQ Magazine? A dapper man, that’s what.
Coming off the heels of New York Fashion Week, the brand and the magazine have teamed up for an exclusive menswear collection that is designed by GQ’s four “Best New Menswear Designers in America for 2013.” This is part 2 to a successful collaboration last year.
Gap debuted the collaboration Tuesday, saying it includes accessories and outerwear that showcase up-and-coming designers and their takes on iconic menswear pieces. Prices begin at $30 for a Gap x GQ Aviator Nation pom beanie and climb up to $348 for a luxe Gap x GQ Bespoken suede jacket.
“We were very excited to collaborate with such a bright group of emerging designers,” says Tony Kretten, Gap Vice President of Global Menswear Design. “Their unique points of view really complement Gap’s casual American style, and we look forward to sharing this collection with our customers across the globe.”
GQ creative director Jim Moore said the collection celebrates each designer’s individual spirit.
You can shop the collection online now. The four designers — along with the pieces from their limited-edition Gap collection — will be featured in a 10-page advertising insert in GQ’s October 2013 issue.
Here’s the 411 on the designers in the collection, plus our favorite pieces from each designer.
- Aviator Nation: Surfs up. Founder Paige Mycoskie channels a cool ’70s California vibe with her designs. Her collection has a “lived-in” vintage feel. She’s the master of mixing primary colors with neutrals. We’re digging the reversible puffer vest in her collection that is made with corduroy.
- Baldwin: The collection is described by Gap as “minimal, modern, and decidedly masculine.” Matt Baldwin, a Kansas City-based designer, pays homage to his hometown with a “KC” logo on a baseball cap. But, a standout in the collection to us is the gray ribbed sweater that is made with lambs wool and has a shawl collar. It’s the coolest grandpa-ish sweater we’ve ever seen.
- Bespoken: It’s a little bit of rock n’ roll and a little bit of Savile Row tradition. Designing brothers Liam and Sammy Fayed’s designs are classic and sharp — with a youthful spin. Case in point: This Bespoken tweed jacket. We’re also loving the twill tie.
- Ernest Alexander: The accessories stand out in this collection, with versatile pieces that could work at the office or on the weekend. For the commuter, this orange and leather rucksack is just right.
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