Every year (since 2007), fashion magazine GQ has joined forces with fashion brand Gap and their selection of the “Best New Menswear Designers in America” to create one incredible collection. It is an incredible, positive, project which gives recognition to some of America’s most talented up-and-coming designers. Plus … the “Gap x GQ Collections” is always a constant source for getting great designers products significantly cheaper!
Last year, John Elliot’s hoodies sold out within hours and we can no doubt expect similar pandemonium this year. Each of the selected designers offers a unique take on what’s ‘new and now’ for men, channelling styles and influences from both coasts.
Now in its fourth iteration, GQ and Gap have teamed up with David Hart, Stampd, NSF and The Hill-Side.
The collection includes tailored blazers and trousers, overcoats, leather jackets, graphic and classic tees, sweatshirts, sweatpants, denim, and field jackets, along with accessories — including shoes, hats, bags, socks, and ties.
I’ve had a look at the collection and it is very, very, good. It’s everything you need to look shap and styled this Autumn/Winter, all sold in the one collection.
Here are my highlights from the collection:
David Hart – Tweed Blazer
David Hart designs sophisticated clothing with a nod to the past. Inspired by the classic mid century American uniform, Hart updates the impeccable tailoring of the 50s and 60s with modern fabrics and colors. Think suits, topcoats, sweaters, and polos that are retro (without living in the past) and razor sharp (yet easy to pull off).
David Hart Tweed Pants
Fantastic partner to the Jacket above.
David Hart Windowpane Wool Pants
I love these. They stand out without being too flashy. Pair these with a crisp white shirt and a pair of brogues and you are winning.
The Hill-Side Plaid Tie
The only accessory on my list. The Hill-Side are brooklyn-based brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo who have traveled far and wide on a quest to find the world’s most unique textiles. Selvedge denim, authentic indigo, and unlikely camos have all made their way into a collection that’s influenced in equal measure by Japanese street style and American vintage.
STAMPD Long Striped T-Shirt
Forget color and logos. Instead, mix athletic gear with streetwear—and focus on how it all fits. That’s the formula for Stampd, Chris Stamp’s mashup of West Coast surf culture with East Coast street attitude. The result is a line of futuristic sportswear with a gloriously simple color palette (black, white, repeat).