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In mid-February, GQ will crown the best new menswear designer in America. For now, the magazine has released a list of six finalists: Doug and Ben Burkman of Burkman Bros, Richard Chai, Vincent Flumiani of Caulfield Preparatory, Frank Muytjens of J.Crew, Billy Reid, and Eunice Lee of Unis. The Choosy Beggar explains why this group fills him with optimism:
Any FIT dropout can turn heads with decadent diamond-encrusted Day-Glo man-dresses, but it takes talent to do inspiring work within the limits of reality—and the male version of reality in particular. Based on these six standouts, men's wear is heading in the right direction. A few years ago, for example, who'd have predicted that J. Crew would be leading a style revolution driven by a confident return to quality, value, and age-spanning design. My hat goes off.Guys, the future is bright—and also very dapper.
· The Nominees: GQ's Best New Menswear Designers in America [GQ]
· The Age of Reason [The Choosy Beggar]