GQ Names Robert Geller 2009 Best New Menswear Designer in America 2009: New York

GQ Names Robert Geller 2009 Best New Menswear Designer in America

NEW YORK, Feb.

12 /PRNewswire/ -- GQ today announced Robert Geller as winner of the Second Annual "Best New Menswear Designers in America" project. This competitive initiative, established in 2008 in collaboration with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), was created to recognize the rising stars of American men's fashion design. The magazine selected six finalists for the 2009 competition, and they were each featured in the February issue. A panel of industry experts -- Thom Browne, American menswear designer Steve Evans, the Levi's(R) brand vice president of merchandising Kevin Harter, Bloomingdale's vice president of fashion direction Steven Kolb, CFDA executive director Jim Moore, GQ creative director and Jim Nelson, GQ editor-in-chief -- gathered to select the winner at the conclusion of a presentation event for the designer's fall 2009 collections on Wednesday, February 11, in New York City. "It was by no means an easy decision -- this is an extremely talented Gang of Six," said Jim Nelson. "All the designers impressed us tremendously with the strength and breadth of their collections, as well as the seriousness with which they approach their work. It's also true that we were wowed by the singularity of Robert Geller's vision, and we think he's a significant -- and welcome -- new force in the American men's fashion scene." As the winner, Robert Geller will receive a $50,000 cash prize and the opportunity to create a limited-edition collection for the Levi's brand. Geller's collection will debut at Levi.com and be available for a month-long exclusive in all major Bloomingdale's locations at the start of New York Fashion Week in September. He will take part in a mentoring program led by GQ, the Levi's brand, and Bloomingdale's. A select item or outfit from the Robert Geller collection for Levi's will be featured in the September 2009 issue of GQ.

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