GQ announces the return of the Best New Menswear Designers in America program for the tenth year

GQ Partners with Gap for the Fifth Year to Create Limited-Edition Collections

New York, N.Y., 2016-Mar-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — GQ announced today the return of the Best New Menswear Designers in America program for the tenth year, celebrating some of the top designer alumni from the past decade. The project, established in 2007, recognizes the best young menswear designers in the country and works to advance the talented up-and-comers. This year, GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and creative director Jim Moore invited back four of the program’s all-stars to create capsule collections in celebration of the past decade of talent. The four designers will be featured in the April 2016 issue of GQ, on national newsstands March 29, and will collaborate with Gap on a limited-edition collection, to be sold in the fall exclusively at select Gap stores around the world.

GQ’s 2016 Best New Menswear Designers in America, All-Star Edition:

Michael Bastian (New York, established 2006, GQ Class of ‘07, ‘11)—The beauty of Bastian’s clothes is that they can be remixed a hundred different ways. “It’s a great challenge,” Bastian tells GQ of creating his capsule collection. “It’s the difference between a novel and a good short story. They’re equally powerful.” But as the only designer to ever be given repeat recognition in the program (he participated in both 2007 and 2011), he was top of the list for this year’s All-Star roster.

Steven Alan (New York, established 1994, GQ Class of ’08)—Most designers build their collections and work their way up to opening a storefront. Steven Alan did it backward. The clothes he did make (shirts, mostly) were basically private-label pieces to fill his own shelves. He opened a showroom in 1997 and gradually diversified: a striped tie here, a polo there, until he was a capital-F fashion designer. Today he’s a one stop shop with everything from shirts and shoes to sunglasses and watches, all stocked next to those under-the-radar brands he’s found through his travels. That collection-curation combo is a move many major menswear retailers have since borrowed—but nobody ever nails it quite as well as Steven Alan.

Saturdays NYC (New York, established 2009, GQ Class of ‘12)Founded by Morgan Collett, Colin Tunstall, and Josh Rosen, Saturdays showed up out of nowhere, a magpie line that fathered all the style touch points of the moment: the surf-culture explosion, the shrunk-in-the-wash fit, and the crisp graphic designers aimed at city kids partying on the tiki-torched decks in Montauk and Malibu. What Saturdays does best, is make the brand feel like a way of life. From publishing their own in-house magazine to developing a coffee blend, their shops (now in New York, Japan, and Australia) feel like your most stylish buddy’s weekend home.

John Elliot (Los Angeles, established 2012, GQ Class of ‘14)—When Elliot first participated in the program just two years ago, he was working out of an apartment with three other guys, and the quartet has since revolutionized menswear with their side zip hoodies and tapered sweatpants. “One of the most incredible experiences of my life was going to the Gap near where I live in L.A. to look at my first GQ collection, and they didn’t have anything left,” reflects Elliot. He has since ascended to street wear-demigod status with his signature layered look, creating a style movement that is still gathering steam.

“We’re in a celebratory mood—ten years is a good chunk of time, enough for this program to have introduced an impressive array of talented designers to a wider audience, and to establish itself as part of the fashion world’s creative support system,” says editor-in-chief Jim Nelson. “So we wanted to go big this year, to revisit some of our most significant alumni over the decade. We’re calling them our All-Stars. Together, they show the breadth, growth and promise of American men’s fashion.”

“Gap is thrilled to continue our partnership with GQ and celebrate the All-Stars that are redefining American menswear,” says Wendi Goldman, Gap’s EVP of Product Design and Development. “We’re excited to toast ten years of this incredible initiative with a group of designers that have left a lasting impact on the program. We can’t wait to bring their unique vision to our customers, who eagerly anticipate these exclusive collections every season.”

As part of the Best New Menswear Designers in America project, GQ will work with each All-Star designer as they create an affordable exclusive line that will be available this fall at select Gap stores in more than seven countries, as well as at www.gap.com. Additionally, pieces from the collection will be featured in the October 2016 issue of GQ.

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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.

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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.