This spring and summer we’re partnering with neo soul singer/producer Mayer Hawthorne for styld.by, a new online platform showcasing items from Gap’s Summer 2012 collection.

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Ann Arbor native Hawthorne has made a name for himself by tapping deep into the soul-music history of the neighboring Detroit, absorbing a few decades of influences and turning them all into something smooth and seamless. He started out his career on Stones Throw, the California hip-hop indie that specializes in weed-headed crate-digging producers. Hawthorne made sense there, but he makes even more sense in his new home at the major label Universal Republic. Like his old Stones Throw labelmates, he’s a pastiche artist, but he also brings a sense of slickness and professionalism to what he does. And appropriately enough, Hawthorne’s been singled out by style sites for his sartorial sense. Click on the photo above for info on his threads, and visit styld-by.com for more looks.

Here’s where you can catch Mayer Hawthorne on tour:
05/09/12 Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Theatre
05/11/12 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
05/12/12 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
05/14/12 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
05/15/12 Detroit, MI @ The Majestic
05/17/12 Chicago, IL @ Park West
05/18/12 Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
05/21/12 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
05/22/12 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
05/23/12 Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
05/25/12 Toronto, ON @ Opera House Concert Venue
05/26/12 Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
06/13/12 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
06/25/12 Burnaby, BC @ Deer Lake Park
06/26/12 Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
06/27/12 Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
06/29/12 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
06/30/12 Universal City, CA @ Gibson Amph. At Univ. CityWalk
07/01/12 Milwaukee, WI @ Summer Music Festival
07/03/12 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
07/04/12 Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
07/05/12 Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
07/06/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre

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