GQ magazine partners with Gap each year to provide a platform for new American menswear talents and give them the opportunity to create a capsule collection for the popular retailer. This year marks the fifth collaboration between the San Francisco-based apparel company and the leading men’s style mag. Up-and-coming American designers like John Elliot, Saturday NYC and Michael Bastian have all participated in the GQ Gap collaboration in the past, designing stylish everyday wear under their own points of view.
This year, GQ expanded its talent search globally and chose three new design teams to join Gap for the campaign.
United Arrows, Ami and Kinfolk got the chance this year to showcase their talents and incorporate their design aesthetics into the all-American brand. The designers gave us a collection of street wear: stylish and functional outerwear, fleece and sweaters, plus T-shirts, pants and accessories to complete your wardrobe within a budget.
With an extensive selection of apparels and accessories, we’ve narrowed down our 10 favorite pieces from this newly unveiled GQ x Gap collection.
Our 10 favorite pieces from the GQ x Gap collaboration:
Alexandre Mattiussi, the Parisian founder and creative director of AMI, gave his collaboration a quintessential French touch. The clothes are chic without trying, comfortable and stylish. His wool and cashmere stripe sweater, for example, is a timeless piece.
Ami is bringing the sexy lumberjack look back. This boxy wool check-print parka is the perfect outerwear piece to keep you warm on a winter day. And its knit spread collar is detachable, making the parka equally functional.
If you love logos on your apparel, this pullover fleece is perfect for you. It’s an easy-fit piece with a cozy feel, and the pullover is great for lounging around the house or running errands on a chilly day.
A timeless denim jacket is a great piece to have. Using Gap’s premium 1969 denim fabric, Ami adds details like the corduroy spread collar for a modern touch.
For guys who love to collect baseball caps, this classic piece from Gap is updated with a new logo and style.
Kinfolk as a brand is about modern American streetwear. Jey Perie, the creative director of the line, focuses on fabrics, silhouettes and graphics as his key inspirations when he creates clothes. The brand’s collaboration with Gap is about effortlessness. From a parka to a pull-over sweatshirt, the name of the game is casual style, with Perie’s signature graphics (the double-rabbit design) as a nod to Kinfolk’s aesthetic.
A bomber jacket is modern and current, and so is a must-have for the stylish guy. This Kinfolk for GQ x Gap piece, is fashion-forward while maintaining streetwear credibility thanks to details like its faux-fur stand collar.
The guy of today needs a sturdy tote to carry things around town, and this tote has smooth weaves and webbed handles. Plus it has a zipper to conceal its contents. The graphic on the side is a nod to Kinfolk’s design inspiration.
If you’re looking to add some flair to the everyday trouser, cargo pants are now the go-to style. (Yep, they’re back.) Kinfolk’s moleskin weave cargo pants are slim fit with pockets on the side for a polished look.
Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, brand director for this Japanese label, describes United Arrows as “Patch Yourself Up the Japanese Way.” The brand is about updating traditional Japanese sewing techniques with a modern twist. You can spot their signature look, patchwork, throughout their collection.
Why not add a houndstooth wool coat like this one into your fall wardrobe to spice up your look? This straight tailored coat with raglan sleeves drapes elegantly on the body, and it’s the perfect piece to add to your fall closet.
A sweater vest is a good investment piece and layering item for your closet. This plaid crewneck wool vest has a sporty feel to it, and it works nicely over a crisp white shirt or under a tailored sports jacket.
Finally, we are obsessed with these palazzo pant-inspired khakis. The wide-leg width adds an effortless look to it, and it has both button closure and zip fly details. The pant comes in two color options, Mojave and True Indigo.
For the full GQ Gap Collaboration, go to gap.com.
Photos courtesy GQ x Gap