Just when you thought awards season was over…
GQ has just announced this year’s crop of Best New Menswear Designers—a coveted honor they’ve been bestowing upon the young Billy Reids and Thom Brownes of the menswear world for the past decade now—and this year’s four winners run the gamut from laid-back surfer chic (Aviator Nation) to tailored gear with Savile Row lineage (Bespoken) to Jay-Z’s favorite chino maker (Baldwin) and menswear’s newest favorite bag maker (Ernest Alexander).
If you recall, last year GQ upped the stakes by having each winner design a small capsule collection sold exclusively at Gap across the nation. You’ll have to wait until fall to get your hands on this year’s batch of well-priced handsomeness, so to tide you over, take a look at our favorites from the inaugural collaborations.
Turnbull & Asser has been making custom shirts for over a century now, for everyone from Prince Charles to Jay Gatsby (at least in the ’74 version). So naturally, they’ve built up quite an archive…and we’ve got a peek inside.
It comes by way of Bespoken, a more modern shirting brand that uses Turnbull & Asser’s factory for their made-to-measure business. When they’re in need of inspiration, they’ve been known to stop through Turnbull’s archive of swatches in Italy. It’s a room full of old, dusty books, holding some of the best-loved shirting fabrics in menswear history—and since we asked nicely, they decided to pass along a few pics…
When Turnbull & Asser makes a shirt, no fewer than 16 people are involved in the process, from cutting the fabric to pressing the final article. And now, you know their names. This tag comes from Bespoken’s new made-to-measure shirting line, currently available from our brothers-in-arms at UD Perks and made with a little help from the Turnbull factory in Gloucestershire. Like true factory men, they decided to let you know who was involved. Here’s hoping T. Walsh did a good job.
We try to steer clear of anything that isn’t hitting stores in the near future—but there’s more impressive gear on the docket for Spring/Summer ’12 than we could keep to ourselves, so we’ve put together some detail shots and some well-chosen info to whet your appetite. The bad news: you won’t be able to get your mitts on any of it until February. The good news: you’re in for quite a February.
They throw in a few spread collars and cufflink-style buttons too—and naturally the suits themselves are pretty impeccable—but the short club collar is starting to be a necessity for more adventurous menswear labels…which usually means its time to add one to your closet.
If you’re really inspired, you can even skip the tie.
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