Gant by Michael Bastian
September 12, 2012 New York
Bastian dreamed up a pair of young backpackers making their way through the islands, dressed in a combination of their preppy best, their new island finds, and the technical gear necessary to weather the clime. That new technical gear, in the form of nylon windbreakers with Aertex linings, represented the newest category addition to the label. As for the rest, it was the better-than-basics it has been for several collections, with highlights including the camouflage cargo pants, knits (like a reversed Fair Isle), and Baja hoodies with South American motifs. Bastian has been designing the line for several seasons now—seven, precisely—he said as he surveyed the scene. It was meant to be one or two. That's a measure of the sweet spot he's hitting, as well as the good time he's having doing it. No wonder he chose a voyager theme. "Gant's like my vacation," he said. "There's never a very heavy emotional subtext to it; it's just cool clothes."