GQ has announced its eighth annual Best New Menswear Designers in America.
GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson and Creative Director Jim Moore chose the four designers, who will be featured in the magazine’s April issue and will collaborate with Gap on a limited-edition capsule collection.
Every member of GQ‘s Best New Menswear Designers class of 2014 represents an individual aesthetic that celebrates their unique talent, bringing to the mix a strong point of view and a bold statement,” Moore said in a release. “While they are each very different, they have striking similarities that mesh well to create what will be a truly groundbreaking limited edition collection. In this third year partnering with Gap, we are excited to work closely with these designers to create a collection that will speak to men everywhere.”
1. Brooklyn Tailors – Designer Daniel Lewis designs for the quintessential Williamsburg hipster “who is rapidly growing up” with his brand, Brooklyn Tailors. Classic suiting sets the foundation for bold plaid shirts, patterned ties and eye-catching outerwear fashioned from high-end fabrics.
2. En Noir – Rob Garcia masters the high-low blend of high fashion and street culture in his line, En Noir. Garcia reworks classic basics with his self-described “monochromatic minimalism.” Musicians like Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and Pusha T are loyal fans.
3. John Elliot + Co. – Inspired by skateboard culture, Kurt Cobain and modern architecture, the Los Angeles-based John Elliot reimagines basics for the modern man with a laidback West Coast vibe.
4. M.Nii – M.Nii was originally a Hawaiian tailor shop known for creating custom surf shorts in the early ‘50s. Designer John Moore draws inspiration from the brand’s rich history when designing his retro-inspired collection of striped T-shirts, washed flannels and tailored surf shorts.