Robert Geller was born 1976 in Hamburg, Germany and trained at the Rhode Island School of Design. Robert drew his inspiration for his winning collection by researching Prague of the 20's and 30's and combining the concepts of masculinity with sensitivity and romance with strength.
André Lauren Benjamin, aka André 3000 in the hip hop duo OutKast, is a 33-year-old Afro-American from Atlanta, Georgia. As a man of many aliases, careers, and talents, André looks to old-time sports uniforms, preppy styles, and hip hop for his inspiration.
When Alex Carleton launched Rogues Gallery in Portland, Maine, he envisioned the pre-colonial times of New England's seafaring past. His collections vividly embody the ruggedness, adventure, and toughness of Maine's historic cod fishermen, lobster trappers, and loggers.
David Mullen of Save Khaki believes that men's clothing should strive to be "comfortable with a modern fit" and, if it happens, stylish. David is a true utilitarian at heart!
Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos are two Californian friends that launched their first fashion line in their senior year of college. Now at age 29, they love to dream up fanciful tales to accompany their new collections. Their menswear lines are unique in that they are targeted at guy's who know how to embrace their guy-ness!
Yigal Azrouël, the youngest of eight children, was born and raised in Israel and is of French-Moroccan descent. Yigal is a free-spirited designer who draws his inspiration from everything around him: art, nature, architecture, and culture.
So just how creative and talented are these GQ 2009 winners? Well, you be the judge! Slide show by men.style.com.
Photo Yigal Azrael s/s 2009 collection by Imaxtree Copyright NYmag.com.