Gap & CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund launch 2009 Gap Design Editions featuring new Khaki Collection



    
    Emerging American designers/2008 Fashion Fund Winners Albertus Swanepoel,
    Alexander Wang and Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock & Sophie Buhai create a
    limited edition collection inspired by classic Gap Khakis
    

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - On June 16th, Gap will debut the third
consecutive collection of Gap Design Editions, a limited edition collection
designed exclusively for Gap by this year's CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners
Albertus Swanepoel, Alexander Wang and Vena Cava's Lisa Mayock & Sophie Buhai
- some of the most celebrated, emerging American designers in the industry
today. This year's Gap Design Editions presents an exciting new twist,
offering designers the opportunity to re-interpret a different Gap classic -
the Khaki. The resulting collection offers a variety of Khaki pieces ranging
from jackets to dresses to hats. Each piece reflects the designers' creative
visions while still retaining Gap's classic, yet casual aesthetic.
    As part of Gap's partnership with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (CVFF), the
Gap Design Editions initiative was established to support and encourage new
design talent. This marks the third year of Gap Design Editions, a limited
edition collection specially designed for Gap by the winners of the annual
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund competition. In 2007 Gap announced a partnership with
the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund to introduce up-and-coming young designers to a
broader audience by partnering with winners from the annual Fashion Fund
competition. The past two years introduced unique designer interpretations of
the classic white shirt - an iconic item that has been part of Gap's heritage
for more than 35 years. Past designers have included 2007 designers Doo-Ri
Chung (Doo.Ri), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte) and Thakoon Panichgul
(Thakoon), and 2007 designers Phillip Lim (3.1 Phillip Lim), Scott Sternberg
(Band of Outsiders), Michael Bastian, Philip Crangi and threeASFOUR's Gabi
Asfour, Adi Gil & Angela Donhauser.
    "We're thrilled to have the opportunity to offer a platform to our next
generation of American design talent, raising awareness of their work around
the world, while offering our customers access to their designs at an
affordable price," said Gap's Executive Vice President of Design, Patrick
Robinson. "I was particularly excited by the prospect of adding a new
dimension to the project this year, by inviting the designers to work with
khakis that are at the very heart of Gap. I love the way they've all
successfully captured the spirit of Gap's casual ease, while staying true to
their own aesthetic, creating three super-desirable collections."
    The collection will be available exclusively in flagship and top Gap
adult stores in Canada, US, UK, France, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia,
Philippines, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Turkey, Saudi Arabia,
Greece, Russia as well as online in the U.S. at Gap.com.
    Beginning June 16, the collection will be available in Canada in Toronto
(Toronto Eaton Centre, 60 Bloor St. W. and Yorkdale Mall) and Montreal
(Montreal Eaton Centre). The collection will be available June 18 in Alberta
(Chinook Centre and West Edmonton Mall) and Vancouver at 1121 Robson St.
    Albertus Swanepoel's designs are: Knot Hat ($44.50), Tuck Hat ($44.50),
Wide Brim Hat ($44.50), Button Trim Hat ($44.50), and Fedora ($44.50).
Alexander Wang's designs are: Slouchy Chino ($74.50), A-line Short ($54.50),
Double Breasted Long Jacket ($94) and Moto Trench ($94). Vena Cava's designs
are: Short Sleeve Dress ($94), Sleeveless Zip Dress ($94), Boyfriend Khaki
($74.50) and Highwaisted Khaki ($74.50). All prices in Canadian dollars.
    "Now more then ever Gap's partnership with the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is
critical as we continue to support the next generation of American designers
via mentoring and business grants. In addition, our three winning designers
were given the opportunity to work directly within Gap on the Design Editions
new Khaki Collection. This experience not only helps further their design
talent and production skills, but also provides exposure to Gap customers
around the world," said CFDA Executive Director Steven Kolb.
    Gap is also introducing a print campaign developed by Laird+Partners,
styled by Karl Templer and shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Craig
McDean. The black and white photos capture the designers in intimate portraits
alongside models Raquel Zimmerman, Anna J, Arlenis & Coco Rocha. Each model is
featured in one of Gap's limited edition khaki designs. The portraits will be
featured in select Gap stores nationwide, as well as in print and outdoor ads
in select markets.

    
    About The Designers
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    ALBERTUS SWANEPOEL
    

    Born in Pretoria, South Africa, Albertus Swanepoel moved to New York City
after a seven year career as a critically acclaimed fashion designer in
Johannesburg under his Quartus Manna label. In 1987 he won the Coty Award as
top designer in his country. Albertus trained as a milliner under Janine
Galimard, and assisted well known hat designers Lola and also Lynne Mackey, a
theatrical milliner where he constructed hats for Broadway shows. In 2004
Albertus began collaborating with several top New York designers for their
runway shows. In 2006 Albertus launched his namesake label, Albertus
Swanepoel. Albertus was a 2008 runner up for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award
and is nominated in 2009 for the Swarovski CFDA Accessory Award.
    "I am so fortunate to do this exciting project for Gap. They represent a
storied aesthetic and tradition. It was exciting to work creatively on such a
big scale and they executed my designs to a T."

    ALEXANDER WANG

    Alex was born and raised in San Francisco and has a Chinese-American
family heritage. At the age of 18, he moved to New York City to attend Parsons
Design School and partook in a variety of internships. By his sophomore year,
Alex was already designing the first collection of his label Alexander Wang,
which was predominately knits. He launched his full womens collection in 2007,
selling internationally to over 150 boutiques and retail stores. Alex now
resides in New York City's Lower Eastside, where there is never a shortage of
inspiration in music, life, reality and culture. In 2008, Alexander Wang
received top honors from the Vogue/CFDA Fund; and earlier in the year was
recognized by his peers with a nomination for the 2008 CFDA Swarovski Womens
Wear Designer of the Year Award.
    "Being an American designer, I am always coming back to the classics, so
it was a great honor to collaborate with the Gap because it's iconic to
American culture. Not to mention, home of khakis and the white tee," said
Wang.

    VENA CAVA

    Brooklyn-based designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai have been designing
together since their graduation from Parsons School of Design in the Spring of
2003. Their inspirations come from their own vintage collections, found
objects, and art history. The classic silhouettes reflect a timeless design
that appears to a mentality rather than an age. Unique, hand drawn prints are
Vena Cava's signature. Throughout their five years in business, Vena Cava has
been awarded many honors and accolades, including: Ecco Domani Emerging
Designer Award (2006), UPS Young Designer Award (2006), and nomination for the
Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award (2007 and 2008). Vena Cava was awarded the
Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund runner-up prize in 2008.
    "We are thrilled to be reinterpreting the all American 'khaki' for the
GAP. Translating our aesthetic through GAP's classic lens has been an exciting
design exercise. We love the idea of bringing Vena Cava to a larger group of
Americans who appreciate hand drawn prints and re-interpreted casual
classics."

    
    About Gap Inc.
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    Gap Inc. is a leading international specialty retailer offering clothing,
accessories and personal care products for men, women, children and babies
under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, and Piperlime brand names. Fiscal
2007 sales were $15.8 billion. Gap Inc. operates more than 3,100 stores in the
United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Ireland and Japan. In
addition, Gap Inc. is expanding its international presence with franchise
agreements for Gap and Banana Republic in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
For more information, please visit gapinc.com.

    
    About CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund
    -----------------------------
    

    The CFDA/VOGUE Fashion Fund was established in 2003 to help emerging
American design talent find continued success in the business of fashion. In
addition to cash prizes of $200,000 to the winner and $50,000 each to the two
runners-up, the award includes mentorship from a panel of industry
professionals whose expertise is tailored to the award recipients' specific
needs and future goals.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Victoria Kirk, Gap PR, (416) 355-2321,
victoria_kirk@gap.com; Jessica Cherkewich, Gap PR, (416) 355-2308,
jessica_cherkewich@gap.com

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