Clothing doesn't appear in guys' closets out of nowhere. There's always a conscious decision and certain level of influence (online and offline) that makes dudes want to pull the trigger on the gear they want to wear in public. With so many labels to drop dough on, brands matter more than ever—not just because of the product they make, but the values and lifestyle they represent.

Making things that don't fall apart isn't enough, neither is seeding pieces to certain celebs in hopes that buyers will follow suit. Consumers are smarter than that, and some of this year's coolest clothes aren't necessarily revolutionizing the industry, but they've certainly hit a chord with the right crowd. From upstarts to seasoned vets, these are The Best Men's Style Brands of 2014.

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