Though they cater to different audiences, the tailoring, fabrics, and color stories of all these brands are linked by some form of American sentiment, which is necessary in the search for the next best American designer. When I say "American" I mean more than just the references to military looks. There are also nods to both American sportswear and the industrial revolution. Watching this video is very insightful. I think it shows what the fashion industry is looking for in the menswear market, which is proving to be more relevant to a majority of men rather than just those interested in style.
First, the brothers slash
The winner of the 2010 GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer in America Award is Billy Reid. I think he was deserving for multiple reasons: 1)he presented a strong, cohesive collection 2) his designs are on trend and 3) the quality and authenticity behind his work screams Made in the U.S.A.
This may be old news, but seeing this behind the scenes footage struck a cord with me. Hearing the discussion from a panel of editorial and creative heavyweights inspires me... especially when most professional opinions seen in mainstream media are from bitchy women and overly-tanned queens sitting on the side of a runway no one cares about.