Each year I wait with great anticipation GQ’s top menswear designer picks—and the verdict is out for 2013:

Aviator Nation

Paige Mycoskie founded Aviator Nation in 2006, in Venice Beach, California. The collection embodies the casualness of the California surfer with graphic t-shirts and sweats. Paige draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape of mountains, rainbows, and ocean. The name derives from a pair of aviator sunglasses that Paige obtained after watching “Top Gun.” A cool brand for those who don’t want to try to hard at being cool!


Two brothers, Liam and Sammy Fayed, founded Bespoken in 2008, in New York City, despite the fact they are from British descent—hence the nod to Savile Row and attention to detailed men’s tailoring with a fitted look. For spring/summer 2013, the brothers drew their inspiration from a bar in Tokyo called Grandfather’s, in which a well-dressed man spun Seventies’ music.


Matt Baldwin founded his label in 2009, in Kansas City, starting with denim and expanding to t-shirts, chinos, and more. Donned by Jay-Z, the camo pant drew a particular following as it comes in khaki and navy.

Ernest Alexander

Ernest Alexander Sabine founded his label in 2009, in New York City, as he aimed for an “engineered prep” look, combining summer vacations in Cape Cod with Bob Vila.

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