The Gap's limited-edition capsule collection with GQ magazine's 2014 best new menswear designers in America -- including three brands with L.A. ties, is set to hit shelves Tuesday, Sept. 30.
It's the third season that the San Francisco-based retailer has collaborated on a capsule collection with the winners of GQ's Best New Menswear Designers in America project, an annual roundup of up-and-coming design talent that began in 2007 and this year includes M. Nii's John Moore and John Elliot + Co.'s John Elliot (both based here in So Cal), En Noir's Rob Garcia (a bicoastal brand) and Brooklyn Tailors' Daniel Lewis who hails from New York City.
The collection includes a range of pieces from super-casual T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants and denim to such slightly dressier pieces as tailored blazers, trousers and tweed neckties as well as outerwear offerings such as leather jackets, hoodies, field jackets and a bonded mac overcoat. Prices will start at $34.95 (for a classic T-shirt) and go as high as $400 (for a black leather hoodie)
Although we have yet to see the clothes close up, based on the inspiration and fabrication notes and photos included in today's announcement, pieces of particular interest include Rob Garcia's leather take on tank T-shirts and sweatpants and Daniel Lewis' Rolling Stones inspired tailored pieces in luxe fabrications that include Donegal wool, cashmere and hemp.
"This year's group of Best New Menswear Designers in America represent the four tribes of modern American style today," said GQ creative director Jim Moore in the news release announcing the collection. "It is our most diverse group of designers to date, drawing influences from street culture, surf style, sartorial tradition and athletic wear with an edge. We are proud to be partnering once again with the Gap to bring these talented and inspiring designs to cities all over the world."
The collection will be available starting Sept. 30 at select Gap stores worldwide (including the Grove at Farmers Market, Beverly Hills and Century City locations locally) as well as online through www.gap.com.
The four designers, along with the pieces from their limited-edition Gap capsule collections, will be showcased in GQ's October issue.