By Punch Correspondent Mallory Sofastaii
Georgetown’s GANT celebrated its Spring/Summer 2013 collection last night with a viewing party hosted by the “GANT Guys”: Chris Pontius of DC United, Bibiana executive chef Nick Stefanelli, Thrillist.com DC editor Leo Schmid, 94.7 FRESH FM radio host Tommy McFly and SUSTG International Trade Group’s Lucien Zeigler.
There was a great showing at the event that included an open bar featuring DC Brau Brewing Company wine and champagne, hors d’oeuvres, the lovely GANT men, and hunky sales associates. The staff were not only dapper but also helpful and accommodating. I walked away with my new favorite button-down GANT men’s shirt, a pair of polarized glasses and a sample of the coastal smelling GANT Pour Homme men’s fragrance.
GANT originated in New Haven, CT, and certainly has the New England flair. Owned by Maus Frères S.A. of Switzerland, the American branded line is Euro-infused. Some pieces like the tight men’s slacks and small swim trunks were very European. And others epitomized Ivy League prep featuring rugby sweaters, varsity cardigans, and polos galore. While GANT’s website advertises “All American Icon Since 1949,” I felt at times the brand wasn’t consistent with its American heritage by including overtly European-themed pieces.
Some of my favorites from the newest collection include the women’s trench (pricey at $995), classic quilted jacket (love!), and men’s Rugger Weeds jacket, specifically for the fun floral lining. Another notable ‘must have’ for those summers in the Hamptons or spring weekend mornings is the men’s Sunset Madras or Dreamy Oxford Stripe Robe.
GANT opened its doors last November, remodeling what used to be the old jazz bar, Saloun. The space was updated with oak floors, industrial lights, and modern fixtures, but kept some of the old bar’s character through several exposed brick walls (you can never go wrong with exposed brick).
I must admit the party invite was the first time I had ever heard of GANT, but it will definitely be on my shopping radar now. If I had to put it in a genre of other popular stores, it would be a mix of J. Crew + AllSaints Spitalfields + Club Monaco. Some pieces are on the higher end of the price spectrum but I would recommend splurging on some of the basics here due to the high quality of the fabric and the always-in-style wardrobe staples.
You can visit GANT at 3239 M St., NW or online at GANT.com.
Mallory Sofastaii is an aspiring Multimedia Journalist. In addition to following domestic and international news stories, Mallory loves connecting with people, eating & drinking, trying out the latest fitness craze, traveling, and obsessing over her two cats. Follow her on Twitter @mallorybrookes and on her personal blog . Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org