Gap launches Fourth Limited-Edition Collection with best new menswear designers in America
U.S. Gap released 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 channelling the new energy coming from both coasts — whether it is 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 29(th), 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.
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 (Los Angeles, 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 (Los Angeles., 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.
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 Conde Nast, a division of Advance Publications. Conde Nast operates in twenty-five countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation.
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.