David Hart, Stampd, NSF, and The Hill-Side Create Limited-Edition Menswear Collection, Available at Select Gap Stores and Gap.com
Today, 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.
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.
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 four designers, GQ’s 2015 Best New Menswear Designers in America, 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) – 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, earlier this year at the initial announcement. “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.”
“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,” adds GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson, with today’s launch. “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 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.