Where the runway meets the street

Yesterday, men’s lifestyle magazine GQ named the Best New Menswear Designers in America for 2014. Established in 2007, the project recognizes the country’s most talented and promising up-and-coming new designers and helps them to further their careers. All designers are selected by GQ Editor-in-Chief Jim Nelson and Creative Director Jim Moore, along with the magazine’s fashion editors. Besides a thorough editorial feature in the upcoming April 2014 issue, the designers will have the unique opportunity to collaborate with Gap on a limited edition collection.

This year’s GQ Best New Menswear Designers in America are:

Brooklyn Tailors – Suitmaker to the creative class, Daniel Lewis, designs for the Williamsburg hipster who is rapidly growing up. The brand, grounded in classic suiting, sets itself apart with high-end fabrics. Bold plaid shirts, patterned ties, and eye-popping outerwear compliment the modern menswear essentials, creating a unique look that’s office appropriate but plenty cool.

En Noir – Designer Rob Garcia’s cutting edge designs effortlessly blend high-fashion influences with street culture. His self-described “monochromatic minimalism” is avant-gard personified and makes En Noir the dark lord of streetwear. En Noir reimagines basics as broody leather goods and is firmly rooted in music, with loyal customers like Kanye West, A$AP Rocky and Pusha T.

John Elliot + Co. – Los Angeles designer John Elliot started his namesake line with the intent of creating a new wardrobe of basics for the modern man, from slim jeans to an everyday hoodie. Inspired by skateboarding culture, Kurt Cobain, and modern architecture, Elliott offers a new breed of West Coast style.

M.Nii – The original M.Nii was a Hawaiian tailor shop known for creating custom surf shorts for locals and surf enthusiasts in the early1950’s. It’s this rich history that designer John Moore draws on when designing his retro-inspired collection. M.Nii’s legacy lives on in his striped t-shirts, washed flannels, broken-in chinos and, of course, perfect tailored surf shorts.

Look for the limited edition collection to drop at select Gap retail stores, as well as online this coming fall.

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