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Last year, GQ rolled out its annual "Best New Menswear Designers in America" list, showing loving to two local talents M.Nii and John Elliott + Co. The magazine's latest roster has just been revealed, and two more LA designers have made the cut. First up is four-year-old Stampd, a favorite of Miley Cyrus who also dreams up clean, minimalist looks for guys. Founder Chris Stamp tells GQ: "I don't like to use the word streetwear, ever. But at the core I make luxury streetwear. It's something casual and modern. There's an understated arrogance about the line. Things aren't crazily overdone, but when you look at the details and you look at the cut and you look at the color palette, it feels elevated."
The second is NSF Clothing, a Racked favorite for its stylish androgyny and, now, a GQ favorite because it "destroys your clothes before you even by them (and that's good)." Founded in 2005 by Nick Freidberg and Jamie Haller, the designers credit Los Angeles for their authentically laid-back vibe. "I think we have the ability—living here, working here—to constantly be in a more casual environment," Friedberg tells the mag. "Versus New York, where there are certain environments where you still have to wear a suit or tuck your shirt in."