In case you missed it — because somehow I almost did — one of my favorite designers, Greg Lauren (nephew of Ralph Lauren) designed a 16-piece capsule collection with retail powerhouse Banana Republic and, for lack of sophisticated “fashion” nomenclature because let’s get to the point (hello?) this is Greg Lauren we’re talking about, it’s fucking fantastic. This will be the second time that Banana Republic has partnered with an emerging designer through the CFDA. The best part? It isn’t dumbed down, as is the case when most designers try to appeal to a mass audience through these kinds of collaborations. It still speaks and looks very Greg Lauren with it’s laid-back approach to menswear classics, raggedy yet sophisticated appeal, raw edges, and neutral tones. I even went to the store to check it out for myself and the quality is superb. This is a huge win for Banana Republic in my book for supporting small designers and granting such exposure to artists whom I truly feel drive men’s fashion forward. With prices starting at $178, they aren’t typically Banana Republic, but they’re also not typically Greg Lauren; however, with a cashmere top coat from the collection retailing for $3,000, you might as well consider investing into something solely his — you’re call, but whichever way you go, it’ll be good. Nonetheless, the pieces will be unique and you’d be buying into 100% made-in-LA garments (again, very Greg Lauren). It’s only available in Los Angeles and New York City at select brick-and-mortar, so for those of you in the area, use my favorites from their look book as inspiration to get out of your chair and treat yourself to a souvenir of 2016 (there aren’t many).

The Greg Lauren for Banana Republic Capsule Collection is available at the following stores:

New York
550 Broadway
New York, NY 100012
(212) 925-0308

105 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10001
(212) 524-9050

California
198 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 692-5020

1202 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-7740

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Images c/o Greg Lauren for Banana Republic