“Tough beat, boys.” That’s what I had to say to Joe Sadler, Greg Ullery and Derek Buse, the trio behind Riviera Club, who were recently nominated for GQ and the CFDA’s New Menswear Designer of the Year award. Riviera Club lost out to Alexander Wang, but I can see why they were nominated in the first place. They say their collection is “nestled at the intersection of blue collar chic and polished dishevelment,” and I’ll buy it. This is a coherent, handsome collection, punctuated by sparks of color, work wear and Americana.
May the best menswear designer win. GQ has unveiled the finalists for its annual Best New Menswear Designer in America competition, and the list is distinguished: · Warriors of Radness designer Rick Klotz · Patrik Ervell · Riviera Club designers Joe Sadler, Derek Buse, and Greg Ullery · Gant by Michael Bastian · Miller’s Oath designer Kirk Miller · T by Alexander Wang