Menswear Curated by British GQ
"An incredible way to celebrate some of the best new British menswear designers"
Opening with a launch event on 18 September, the boutique will feature the work of designers including Jonathan Saunders, Agi & Sam, Lou Dalton, James Long, Oliver Spencer, Kit Neale, Christopher Raeburn, Katie Eary, Casely-Hayford, Sibling, A Sauvage, Hentsch Man, U-Clothing, Hunter Gather and Alan Taylor, along with shoe designers Nicholas Kirkwood, Mr Hare and Grenson. This spectacular line-up has been curated by Robert Johnston, Associate Editor and Style Shrink of British GQ.
The British Designers’ Collective provides emerging talent with a unique opportunity to retail their work alongside internationally renowned luxury brands in Bicester Village. While the boutique always showcases womenswear designers, this year the British Designers’ Collective will also be presenting menswear for the first time in two years.
Following on from a successful collaboration with the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts for the women’s boutique, which was open in Bicester Village from 21 May to 17 August, the menswear boutique will also feature the work of artists from the Academy alongside the fashion collections. Exclusively for the menswear boutique, a new range of limited edition prints by Royal Academicians Mali Morris, Humphrey Ocean, Chris Orr and Bob & Roberta Smith, as well as artists Guler Ates, Derek Boshier, Blue Firth, Liane Lang, Simon Lawson, Danny Rolph and Prem Sahib will be available for guests to purchase. The Keeper’s House is the new home for artists and art lovers in the heart of Mayfair, and provided inspiration for this year’s boutique.
Guests to the boutique can become a Friend of the RA for only £97 and enjoy a year of free entry to RA exhibitions, including Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album, Anselm Kiefer and Rubens and his Legacy: Van Gogh to Cézanne. Friends can take an adult family guest to each exhibition for free, and have all day access to the Keeper’s House lounges, restaurant, cocktail bar and garden.
The British Designers’ Collective Menswear Curated by British GQ launched at Bicester Village and will run until 21 October.
“Bicester Village is a phenomenon. Not only can it boast to being host to almost every big name in luxury retail but it has become a huge tourist attraction, making it one of this country’s best shop windows. The British Designers’ Collective curated by GQ, is an incredible way to celebrate some of the best new British menswear designers and it gives these designers a unique chance to show international visitors the amazing talent that London Collections: Men is encouraging to flourish in the UK.”
- Robert Johnston, Associate Editor British GQ
“The British Designers’ Collective has been celebrating and nurturing home-grown talent in collaboration with the British Fashion Council for the past five years. We are now delighted to showcase British men’s fashion for the first time in two years, which is more exciting than ever thanks to London Collections: Men, the new fashion week dedicated to men. The British GQ team has personally and expertly curated the boutique with some great finds and unique iconic pieces. Based on our successful summer collaboration with the Royal Academy of Art, guests will have the opportunity to discover and purchase the work of up-and-coming British artists, as British art and fashion are celebrated again at Bicester Village.”
- Desirée Bollier, Chief Executive Value Retail Management