by John Russel Jones

This spring, Gap partners with Ouigi Theodore, founder and creative director of The Brooklyn Circus, on a limited-edition capsule launching today on both brands’ websites, in select Gap stores, as well as at The Brooklyn Circus flagship store in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Merging The Brooklyn Circus’ take on fashion throughout American history with Gap icons that have defined style standards and dressed generations since 1969, the new collection explores the concepts of individuality, movement, and modern prep – blending academia, music and Black culture and street style from the 1960s through today. The release looks to celebrate The Brooklyn Circus’ community and the efforts that the brand has put into threading together the Global Village over the last 16 years.

“Style is an opportunity for us to be honest. Classics are the foundation of what we do at The Brooklyn Circus and Gap is so known for that classic Americana style,” says The Brooklyn Circus Founder and Creative Director, Ouigi Theodore. “Gap has always been in my history, which is where I find inspiration for our designs. We took our graphic elements and brought that explosion of energy and culture to iconic Gap styles. I’m proud of what we’ve put together and honored to launch a campaign with Gap that highlights various communities.”

Javon Walton

Designed to close style, gender, and generational gaps, the Gap × The Brooklyn Circus collection includes product icons from each brand, including the varsity jacket and Gap’s classic arch logo hoodie. Street-style separates including chinos, basketball shorts, sweatpants, an Oxford popover, rugby, chore jacket and a crewneck sweatshirt round out the capsule, styled back to Gap’s iconic denim. Select styles are also available for kids — minis of the logo hoodie, varsity jacket, tees and sweatpants are prime for twinning. Hats, tote bags, pins, bandanas and socks complete the look.

Concepted by Gap Global Creative Director Len Peltier, the campaign was captured by photographer John Midgley, beautifully highlighting individuality through the lens of culture and American style. The imagery magnificently conveys the diversity of The Brooklyn Circus’ Global Village and the different cultural connectors that exist within its powerful web.

Individuals featured in the campaign include Theodore, as well as actor and boxer Javon Walton (“Euphoria”), editor, writer, and founder of Literaryswag Book Club Yahdon Israel, Malik Tate (Operations Manager at The Brooklyn Circus), as well as Indya Moore (“Queen & Slim,” “Pose,”  iconic model Bethann Hardison, and more.

The Brooklyn Circus and Gap share in the heartbreaking loss of beloved icon Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who was a longtime supporter of The Brooklyn Circus community, Ouigi’s work and a core part of this campaign thanks to his personal friendship with Ouigi Theodore.

“When Stephen and I first saw his images from the campaign, it brought tears to our eyes. He was so moved by how they captured his true essence, and he was excited for the world to see them,” says his wife, Allison Holker Boss. “We pay tribute to Stephen’s life by sharing these images in homage to the joy and light he brought to everyone around him.”

In honor of Stephen, Gap is supporting The 988 Lifeline by donating to Vibrant Emotional Health. Vibrant administers the 988 Lifeline, which provides free and confidential emotional support and counseling to people in crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, across the United States.