Veteran designer Jose Abellar recently left his post at Gap to put his own spin on classic American style, creating Gilbert & Lewis, where high fashion meets functional plaids. An expression of Abellar’s favorite fashion components, Gilbert & Lewis is an evolved view of sportswear boasting bold colors, great patterns and slim fits.
The inaugural Spring/Summer collection (above) features a fresh color scheme inspired by the vibrantly colored lifeguard stands on Miami’s South Beach. A matching tie compliments each of the button downs, adding to the label’s slightly nerdy aesthetic while offering a “confidently off-center” base for the label’s tailored suits.
Artist Carlos Aponte, who designed the cover of the look book, served as both inspiration and an illustrator for the forthcoming Autumn/Winter collection (at top and below). A hybrid of “English professor and the great outdoorsman,” the fall collection teems with velvety corduroys, tweed blazers and chunky sweaters all deconstructed or pre-washed for a cozy, lived-in feel.
Named after Abellar’s and his longtime partner and collaborator David Ayala’s alter egos, Gilbert & Lewis is a decidedly modern approach with a genuine vintage twist, referencing great cinematic characters like those found in John Hughes movies.
See more of the Spring/Summer collection in the gallery.