Justin Timberlake in a Gilt exclusive, with Trace Ayala


Want a take home a little bit of Justin Timberlake for the holidays?

Gilt is teaming with the singer and his longtime friend and business partner Trace Ayala on a dedicated shop for their William Rast line on its web site.

The shop, which launches Thursday at 9 p.m., will feature a curated assortment of the William Rast collection including some styles that are exclusive to Gilt. These include a suede jacket in caramel, sunglasses and footwear and the first access — for one week — on a collection of relaxed chinos, denim jackets and an embroidered bomber jacket. The collection will range in price from $69 for accessories to $369 for outerwear.  

Timberlake, who considers himself more of a “curator of culture” than a designer, said his style in influenced by everything from “cities, landscapes, textures, music and people like Sinatra, Johnny Cash, James Dean.” His favorite style in denim — a hallmark of the William Rast label — is a “relaxed fit with a slim leg” that he often pairs with his favorite accessory, “a good hat,” he said.

Ayala said the William Rast collection was inspired by “Hollywood, Tennessee, New York,” and he is especially enamored with the denim jackets as well as the outerwear. “Everyone loves a good piece of outerwear that you can throw on whether you’re dressing up or dressing down,” Ayala said.

This season also offers some key footwear models, notably sneakers — another favorite of Timberlake’s. “Collecting sneakers has always been a hobby of mine, so it was a natural fit for us,” he said. Ayala added that the collection “has a little something for all occasions. We focused on great basics that work whether you’re going out in the city or hanging out in the woods.”

William Rast was founded in Los Angeles in 2005 by Timberlake and Ayala. It offers denim, sportswear, tailored pieces, footwear and accessories for men and women and is sold in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Gilt is a division of the Hudson Bay Co.

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