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. This year, the program has expanded to feature international talent from Paris, Tokyo and Brooklyn. For the first time, the program is including international designers to create a collection that will reach a global audience.g program led by GQ and Gap.
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 the magazine and Gap.
The collection consists of a variety of pieces including outerwear, knits, sweaters, denim, T-shirts, button down shirts and accessories from three designers, Paris-based Ami, United Arrows and Sons from Tokyo and Brooklyn’s Kinfolk.
Ami’s Alexandre Mattiussi, draws inspiration from the streets of Paris, turning sportswear and streetwear on its head. The result is the definition of modern French style. United Arrows and Sons, the brainchild of Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, brings together tailoring and cutting-edge casual-wear to create an entirely original attitude. Kinfolk, founded by Jey Perie, creates streetwise clothes with an edgy sensibility and workwear vibe.
The collection is available at select Gap stores in more than seven countries including the U.S., Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe. It will also be available online at www.gap.com. The collection prices range from $29 to $299.