Gap unveils its 4th exclusive menswear collection designed by GQ’s four Best New Menswear Designers in America for 2015

David Hart, Stampd, NSF, and The Hill-Side Create Limited-Edition Menswear Collection, Available at Select Gap Stores and Gap.com

NEW YORK, 2015-9-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Gap is pleased to release its fourth exclusive menswear collection designed by GQ’s four Best New Menswear Designers in America for 2015. Following three previous seasons’ successful collaborations, this year’s collection highlights each designer’s perspective on classic menswear pieces.

“This year’s designers all bring something totally new to Gap stores around the world,” said Steven Sare, Gap’s SVP of Merchandising.   “Each designer offers a unique take on what’s ‘new and now’ for men.  We’re really excited to play a role in bringing this exclusive collection to our customers who’ve come to anticipate and covet these limited edition pieces each year.”

“There’s a great story about the state of American fashion happening in this year’s collaboration,” says GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson. “One, that it’s thriving. Two, where it’s thriving. These incredibly talented designers are channeling the new energy coming from both coasts — whether its the LA vibe of the streetwear-meets-sportswear looks from Stampd, the perfectly distressed and lived-in staples from NSF, fanatically detail oriented accessories from Hill-Side, or the refined take on 50’s cool that David Hart has perfected. I feel confident that together they represent not just what men want to wear these days, but what they truly want to live in.”

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.  The collection is available starting September 29th, at select Gap stores in more than seven countries, including the USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe.  It will also be available online at www.gap.com with prices ranging from $14 to $460.

The four designers below, along with the pieces from their limited-edition Gap capsule collections, will be featured in a special advertising insert in the October 2015 issue of GQ magazine.

  • David Hart (Brooklyn, established 2009) – Designer David Hart has always had an affinity for tailored clothes, so six years ago he launched a small tie line that spawned a full men’s collection primarily inspired by the fashion of the 1950s and ’60s.
  • Stampd  (L.A., established 2011) – Designer Chris Stamp combines West Coast street and surf cultures with a bit of East Coast flair to convey a unique vision of sportswear with an edgy twist.
  • NSF (L.A., established 2005) – Designers Nick Friedberg and Jamie Haller, both vintage enthusiasts, make clothes that are meant to be and look lived in— whether it be sun-faded or paint-spattered.
  • The Hill-Side (Brooklyn, established 2009) – Brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo share a love for textiles.  Their approach to design is simple:  make the same object every season but offer it in a wide variety of high-quality fabrications.

GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America project, which was established in 2007, works to advance and bring attention to emerging American menswear designers. The recognized designers were selected by GQ’s editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, creative director Jim Moore, and the magazine’s fashion editors, and took part in a mentoring program led by GQ and Gap.

About GQ
GQ is the leading men’s general-interest magazine, with a monthly readership of 7 million readers. It is available in print, online at GQ.com, and as an app at iTunes.com. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications. Condé Nast operates in twenty-five countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation.

About Gap
Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and Intermix. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

GQ Partners with Gap and Selects Young Designers to Create Fourth Limited-Edition Collection

SAN FRANCISCO, 2015-3-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — GQ announced today the return of the Best New Menswear Designers in America program. The project, established in 2007, recognizes the best young menswear designers in the country and works to advance the talented up-and-comers. The designers were selected by GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and creative director Jim Moore, along with the magazine’s fashion editors. As part of the project, the four designers will be featured in the April 2015 issue of GQ, on national newsstands March 31, and will collaborate with Gap on a limited-edition collection, to be sold in the fall exclusively at Gap stores.

GQ’s 2015 Best New Menswear Designers in America are:

  • David Hart (Brooklyn, established 2009) Ever since he showed up to elementary school wearing a bow tie, designer David Hart has had an affinity for tailored clothes. Six years ago Hart launched a small tie line that spawned a full men’s collection. Inspired by the fashion of the 1950s and ’60s, he designs with one foot in the past and one in the future bringing classically tailored techniques into the 21st century with updated fits, modern combinations, and a sophisticated color palette. Wool and silk ties, colorful donegal tweed suiting, and trim banlon polo shirts have all become David Hart classics that bring a bit of crooner cool to the modern man.
  • Stampd  (L.A., established 2011)Stampd combines West Coast street and surf cultures with a little bit of East Coast edge. Designer Chris Stamp has a unique vision in a limited color palette: using mainly black and white, he takes classic athletic and streetwear silhouettes and executes them in stark greyscale contrasts. Bold graphic tees, nylon flight jackets, snapback caps, and leather accessories all work together to create a simple yet complex look and gives sportswear an edgy, progressive twist.
  • NSF (L.A., established 2005) NSF’s clothes are distressed from day one, handshredded and dyed so many times that they look as if you’ve had them for years. Designers Nick Friedberg and Jamie Haller are vintage enthusiasts that aren’t concerned with simplicity; they look for pieces that are sun-faded or paint-spattered or holey. They are the epitome of the West Coast cool, focused on comfort, realism and a touch of grunge. Inspired by musicians, skateboarders and artists, NSF makes clothes that are meant to be lived in, and look the part.
  • The Hill-Side (Brooklyn, established 2009) Brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo are textile nerds at heart. Inspired by a mutual obsession with vintage denim and Japanese fabrics, they started The Hill-Side doing square-bottom ties in rare textiles, which quickly grew into a full accessories line, and now they can dress a man head to toe. Their approach to making garments is simple: make the same object every season but offer it in a wide variety of high-quality fabrications.

“The most exciting part about this program is the strength and speed with which it continues to grow —and the way it helps support the growing menswear movement in America,” says GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson. “The goal has always been to offer a launchpad for young talent, and I was thrilled to see our designers’ clothes selling out in Gap stores across the country last year. The 2015 designers are impressive, fresh, and most importantly bring unique perspectives to the world of men’s fashion. I can’t wait to see what hits the shelves in the fall.”

“We are thrilled with this year’s selection of designers, and the Gap team can’t wait to bring their vision to life,” said Tony Kretten, Vice President of Men’s Design for Gap. “Jim Moore and Jim Nelson have made another amazing selection of menswear designers to add to the alumnae of this program.  Each designer has their own unique and signature style from LA surf/street, NYC retro chic, Japanese inspired American craft and west coast personal DIY style.  I love this group – can’t wait until October.”

As part of the Best New Menswear Designers in America project, GQ will mentor each designer as they create an affordable capsule line that will be available this fall at select Gap stores in more than 7 countries, as well as at www.gap.com. Additionally, pieces from the collection will be featured in the October 2015 issue of GQ.

Meijer partnered with GE Lighting to help shoppers navigate the many options on switching to energy-efficient lighting

Meijer partners with GE Lighting to educate customers, provide solutions as traditional bulbs begin disappearing from retail shelves

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-10-31— /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers who get ready for their annual trip to buy light bulbs due to the end of daylight saving time may be in for a surprise this year as traditional incandescent light bulbs begin to disappear. To help its customers through this transition, Meijer has partnered with GE Lighting, America’s most trusted lighting brand, to create a new shopping experience to help its shoppers navigate the many options as they prepare for the longer winter nights.

“Even though we’ve known for a while that incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, customers have been lulled into thinking the old school bulbs are not going away because they have remained on shelves,” said David Hart, electrical, plumbing and home environment buyer for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer. “We’re now approaching the point where the supply is disappearing, so we’re trying to help our shoppers understand the multiple new options in a category that’s become much more technologically advanced.”

Meijer is the first retailer in the country to partner with GE on this type of program, which required a complete remodel of the retailers lighting aisle. Not only can customers choose between Halogen, CFL, Covered CFL and LED, they will also have access to detailed information through displays and TV monitors to help them make a decision on what’s best for them. It may seem like a lot for something as simple as light bulbs, but light bulbs have changed.

“We know the light consumers love, and we’ve reinvented and perfected energy-efficient lighting, like CFL and LED light bulbs, to emulate incandescent light,” said John Strainic, general manager, consumer lighting for GE in North America. “By collaborating with Meijer, we are able to make the lighting aisle experience simpler and more intuitive.

Switching to energy-efficient lighting, like LEDs, requires consumers to change the way they’ve lit their home for more than 100 years, and we need to help guide them to better understand why LED lighting is the best lighting option; and, ultimately, help them grasp that LED is where lighting is headed.”

Light bulbs are a popular item with Meijer customers this time of year. Meijer traditionally sees light bulbs sales increase by up to 40% in the weeks surrounding the end of daylight saving time.

GE Lighting launched 31 new LED bulbs at Meijer to meet consumer demand to fill every socket in their homes withenergy-efficient LED lighting. These GE LED options include:

  • ENERGY STAR®- qualified LED bulbs for general purpose lighting, such as floor and table lamps, engineered to look like traditional 100-watt bulbs.
  • Indoor floodlight LED bulbs, used in recessed ceiling lighting,  available in soft, warm white and GE reveal® bulbs, which filter out the yellow rays – making colors pop.
  • Decorative LED lighting, like candelabras used in chandeliers and globe lighting used for bathroom vanity lighting.
  • Indoor/Outdoor-rated LED spotlights.

To calculate a home’s energy-saving potential by switching to LED lighting, GE Lighting has developed a GE LED energy-savings calculator. This tool translates energy savings into relatable terms for consumers, making the switch to GE LED a no-brainer.

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 213 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, garden centers and electronics offerings. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/meijer and @twitter.com/meijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact: Joseph Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer partnered with GE Lighting to help shoppers navigate the many options on switching to energy-efficient lighting

Meijer partnered with GE Lighting to help shoppers navigate the many options on switching to energy-efficient lighting