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Welcome to the Worldwide Era of GQ • THIS ISSUE MARKS a new beginning for the global GQ brand. ¶ You may not know that there are 21 unique editions of GQ around the world. The original was established in the U.S. in 1957. Some three decades later, the spawning commenced, first with British GQ in 1988, continuing through a period of rapid expansion in the aughts (including GQ Japan, GQ France, GQ China, and more), and leading up to the 2018 launch of our newest title, GQ Middle East.
The 33 Biggest Fits and Flyest Pieces of Fall • Starting with chart-topping Brooklyn songwriter SAINt JHN and a paradigmshifting purse.
BLOWING UP BIG
Joe Keery Levels Up • What makes the Stranger Things actor and budding movie star one of the most likable guys in Hollywood? We tried to get him to explain. (Operative word: tried.)
Where in the World Is Your Suit From? • A generation of designers and craftsmen from around the globe are turning the suit into the ultimate emblem of expressive personal style.
The Ultimate Flex? A Watch That Makes You Happy • After over a decade buying drool-worthy watches, Hodinkee founder Benjamin Clymer discovered the most important pieces in his collection are a destroyed Seamaster and a watch made for children.
Generation LaMelo • To everyone’s surprise except his own, LaMelo Ball is the best young player in the NBA—and the avatar of its future.
THE WEEKND VS. ABEL TESFAYE • With an instantly recognizable voice and songs that have been streamed several billion times, he’s one of the most ubiquitous pop stars in the world. But where does Abel Tesfaye end and his dark, grimy public persona begin? MARK ANTHONY GREEN finally gets the artist to explain.
ADULT MOVIES. COLOR TV. WATERBED. • These are three amenities that the Harvard House, an hourly motel tucked away on Hollywood Boulevard, still proudly advertises in 2021. When a Yelp user wrote a one-star review that concluded with the line “Definitely AVOID this shithole,” I doubt they foresaw it being the temporary lair for one of the biggest global pop stars of our time. ¶ He’s leaning against a wall, wearing a pinstripe Louis Vuitton suit and Celine Cuban heels that are so tall they look like you need a safety permit to wear them. Styling assistants and groomers buzz around him, primping and tweaking. Today his hair, a celebrity in its own right, consists of tiny curls perfectly cascading out of an Afro. Each rogue coil attracts light from the sun, creating something like a halo. Despite the current heat advisory in L.A., there isn’t a single bead of sweat on his brow. No sheen. Nothing.
FUTURE OF THE VOICES
POLOG • The Melodic Prince of American Hip-Hop
ISRAEL FERNANDEZ • The Man Sparking Flamenco’s New Energy
GLORIA GROOVE • The Chameleonic Queen of São Paulo
FOCALISTIC • The Pied Piper of Pretoria’s Amapiano Movement
FUJII KAZE • A Genre-Melding Force in J-Pop
GRIFF • The Fearless Reboot of Bedroom Pop
EMIR TAHA • R&B’s Link From East to West
ZIGGY RAMO • GQ AUSTRALIA NOMINATES
NATALIA LAFOURCADE • Mexico’s Bridge From Past to Future
DIVINE • The Rapper Who Bridged Mumbai and Crown Heights
OZUNA • The Island’s Heir to the Reggaeton Throne
EDDY DE PRETTO • France’s Flyest Chanteur Is a Weirdo for All
AKNI JING • A Cyborg Making Pop Human Again
ZOE WEES • An Honest Voice Out of...