It’s that time of the year again, when GQ Magazine announces the winners of their Best New Menswear Designers in America project. Having recognised the most brilliant new menswear makers in the country for eight years, the designers are handpicked by GQ‘s Editor-in-Chief himself Jim Nelson, Creative Director Jim Moore, and the magazine’s Fashion Editors. Four winning designers picked get to work with GAP on a limited edition collection.
This year, Brooklyn Tailors, (Designer Daniel Lewis, far left of pic), leads the sartorial pack with its classic suiting and high end fabrics for the rapidly growing Williamsburg hipster. Bold plaid shirts, patterned ties and eye-popping outerwear complements the modern menswear essentials for an office appropriate ensemble that’s plenty cool too.
Next up is the dark lord of streetwear, En Noir, (Designer Rob Garcia, second from right in pic), as his cutting edge designs blend high fashion influences with street culture, and reimagined basics as broody leather goods. Don’t let the monochromatic minimalism style fool you; En Noir has Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, and Pusha T as some of his few loyal customers!
Without light, there can be no darkness, and John Elliot + Co. (second from left in pic) is the Yang to En Noir’s Yin. Inspired by the skateboarding culture, Kurt Cobain, and modern achitecture, this LA brand offers a new breed of West Coast style with a new wardrobe of basics for the modern man.
Last but not least, Hawaiian tailor shop M.Nii (Designer John Moore, far right of pic) pays tribute to the brand’s rich history in custom surf shorts of the early ’50s, with a retro-inspired collection of striped t-shirts, washed flannels, broken-in chinos, and of course, perfect tailored surf shorts.
The limited edition GAP for GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America 2014 collection will be available exclusively at the GAP outlet in KLCC.