1969: A Very Good Year for Gap

1969: A Very Good Year for Gap

SAN FRANCISCO & DALLAS, Aug 3, 2010 / — In 1969, Doris and Don Fisher founded Gap in San Francisco, California. In honor of the year of its founding, Gap launched the premium jeans line “1969”.

Celebrating the one-year success of 1969 Jeans, Gap today announced it will open a new creative design office in Los Angeles – a first for Gap, introduce a new fall collection of jeans ‘with attitude’ and launch an immersive digital hub on jeans curated by designers, fashion experts and musicians at Gap1969.com.

Since the collection’s debut last August, when Gap jeans were reinvented on every level including fit, fabric, wash and technical details – customers have delighted in the jeans which fit and feel like premium-priced denim but start at $59.50.

Gap has since expanded the 1969 Premium Jeans collection to babyGap, GapKids and GapMaternity so that every Gap customer can enjoy styles like women’s Always Skinny, men’s Authentic or a kid’s Playdate Straight.

For fall 2010, Gap will continue to grow the line and is introducing new jeans styles featuring details like hardware, zippers and artwork including the Zip Crop Always Skinny, Wing Graffiti Always Skinny, Graphic Cuffed Real Straight and the New Stretch Legging Jean for women, all starting at $69.50.

For men, Gap is introducing black coated and extreme washes in the Boot, Straight and Skinny fits, as well as adding back pocket details to select men’s styles, all starting at $59.50. Each month throughout the fall, Gap will add new styles to the 1969 line highlighting extreme leg shapes – from the legging jean to wide leg styles.

To continue to inspire creativity, in mid-August Gap will open its 5,400 square foot 1969 office in downtown Los Angeles, the heart of the denim industry.

The new location, on Olive and Pico, will house everything from design and merchandising to tech services, wash development and production and will be run by Rosella Giuliani, newly appointed 1969 creative director.

By opening this office, Gap will be able to offer innovative new styles and washes more quickly, ensuring customers can always find the latest trends.

Building on the momentum of 1969’s success, over the past year Gap has opened dedicated 1969 stores in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, which are anchored in 1969 jeans and feature a hand-selected assortment of fashion-forward pieces from Gap’s seasonal collections, including a denim table where customers can touch and feel every fit, wash and size.

Gap has also updated almost 200 of its stores across the US to feature a dedicated 1969 destination with styles in one place, merchandised with tops and key accessories that complement 1969 jeans.