NEW YORK – September 26, 2017 – Gap is pleased to release the new exclusive menswear collection of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers now featuring the ‘Coolest Designers on the Planet.’ The program, which recognizes young menswear designers, 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.
“Gap is thrilled to be representing men’s fashion on a global scale with our GQ partnership this year,” says Wendi Goldman, Gap executive vice president and chief product officer. “By tapping into the ‘Coolest Designers on the Planet’ from Paris, Tokyo and Brooklyn, we’re able to bring our customers a fresh perspective on style from these emerging talents who are playing an important role in the future of menswear.”
"We knew expanding this collaboration and taking it international would add vibrancy to the program, and this year’s amazing designers certainly brought it,” says GQ editor in chief Jim Nelson. “Now comes the best part: We can't wait to see the clothes hit Gap stores, because this year feels very special."
The collection consists of a variety of pieces including outerwear, knits, sweaters, denim, tee shirts, button down shirts and accessories. The collection is available starting September 26th, at select Gap stores in more than seven countries including the United States, 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.
The three designers below, along with the pieces from their limited-edition Gap capsule collections, will be featured in a special advertising insert in the October 2017 issue of GQ magazine.
- Ami (Paris, France)— 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 (Tokyo, Japan) — United Arrows and Sons, the brainchild of Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, is the driving force behind Japanese fashion, bringing together refined tailoring and cutting-edge casual-wear to create an entirely original attitude.
- Kinfolk (Brooklyn, New York) — Founded by Jey Perie, Kinfolk is the heart and soul of the Brooklyn creative class, creating streetwise clothes with an edgy sensibility. Inspired by workwear and urbane archetypes, their clothes are easy and relaxed and coveted by those in the know.
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.
For more information on ‘The Coolest Designers on the Planet,' visit www.gap.com.
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 1,600 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, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.
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 Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications. Condé Nast operates in twenty-five countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation.