In case you haven’t seen an issue of GQ for the last five years, Michael Bastian started his eponymous label in 2006 and since then has emerged as one of the key members in the new American menswear establishment by creating classic clothes that are tailored, literally, to the needs of modern men. Critical acclaim and a cult following soon gave way to a collaboration with Gant, Gant by Michael Bastian, which has been equally successful. We sat down with the designer prior to the Fall 2012 Gant by Michael Bastian presentation to find out why he’s going back to school this season, and what he simply can’t live without. Also, we managed to snag his college ID card. Blackmail.