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rbiters of cool — that’s what the menswear shop is at its best. Locations, brick and mortar and/or online, where your cache of style knowledge is expanded and challenged. Like the older cousin bestowing new knowledge on the sapling sartorialist, the good menswear shop is in the business of convivial education, brand discovery, style chutzpah experimentation.

And like memories of a favorite gradeschool teacher, a menswear shop holds distinct markers in time. I remember the search for Clae shoes, a rare commodity in Orange County in the ’00s, and the thrill of finding them at one dedicated sneaker shop in Costa Mesa. Or the discovery, at American Rag Cie’s outpost in Newport Beach, of clothing I’d never heard of — Comme des Garçon, Wings + Horns, rag & bone, A.P.C. — that seemed somehow better, if not because it boasted price tags I’d never dreamt of touching, than because the clothes offered something more intentionally and artfully created.
I never had an older brother. I never had a style mentor. And so, pivotal menswear shops swept me under their wing, took me into their corner and introduced me to brands doing something more in the field they occupied. It didn’t take one; education is never best from a single source. It took a series of revelatory moments, times when I’d step through the doors of a new or a trusted shop, and enter into a space that felt both familiar and dynamic, a store that embraced what I knew to be cool and yet introduced me to something more. That is the quality menswear shop, and the stores here listed create those significant sartorial moments. — Matthew Ankeny

Criteria for Inclusion: We stuck with notable, distinctive retail store that offers goods off the shelf (and/or online). Our compass in choice was that stores needed to have a distinct style aura that’s relevant to men’s style knowledge, and offered ready-made goods for purchase (rather than custom or tailored wares). We also casually stuck by the claim that, if you visited “X” city, it’s worth your time to stop in here — whether that be by distinctiveness of brand offering, ingenuity of store layout, or just because it’s a cool spot you wouldn’t want to miss.
The Best Menswear Shops in America

BILLY REID – Florence, AL
HUB CLOTHING – Phoenix, AZ
AMERICAN RAG CIE – Los Angeles, CA
DEUS EX MACHINA – Venice, CA
FRED SEGAL – Los Angeles, CA
GENERAL ADMISSION – Venice, CA
IRON & RESIN GARAGE – Ventura, CA
TRADESMAN – Los Angeles, CA
UNIONMADE – San Francisco, CA
WASTELAND – San Francisco, CA
WELCOME STRANGER – San Francisco, CA
ARMITAGE & MCMILLAN – Denver, CO
STEADBROOK – Denver, CO
TOPO DESIGNS – Denver, CO
FEDERAL – Washington, DC
BASE SUPERSTORE – Miami, FL
SUPPLY & ADVISE – Miami, FL
SID MASHBURN – Atlanta, GA
LEATHER SOUL – Waikiki, HI
INDEPENDENCE – Chicago, IL
FRIEND – New Orleans, LA
BALL AND BUCK – Boston, MA
PORTLAND DRY GOODS CO. – Portland, ME
ASKOV FINLAYSON – Minneapolis, MN
BLACKBLUE – St. Paul, MN
MARTIN PATRICK 3 – Minneapolis, MN
PERSONA – Nashua, NH
BEST MADE CO. – New York, NY
ERNEST ALEXANDER – New York, NY
FRONT GENERAL STORE – Brooklyn, NY
GENTRY – Brooklyn, NY
J.CREW LUDLOW SHOP – New York, NY
NIKELAB – New York, NY
RALPH LAUREN MANSION – New York, NY
STEVEN ALAN – New York, NY
XHIBITION – Cleveland, OH
MACHUS – Portland, OR
REVOLVR – Bend, OR
THE WOODLANDS – Portland, OR
UBIQ – Philadelphia, PA
INDIGO AND COTTON – Charleston, SC
IMOGENE & WILLIE – Nashville, TN
HAMILTON SHIRTS – Houston, TX
MANREADY MERCANTILE – Houston, TX
NICE KICKS – Austin, TX
STAG PROVISIONS – Austin, TX
NEED SUPPLY CO. – Richmond, VA
FILSON – Seattle, WA
LIKELIHOOD – Seattle, WA
CONTEXT CLOTHING – Madison, WI

Producer: Matthew Ankeny
Design: Henry Phillips
Contributors: Jeremy Berger, Tucker Bowe, Ben Bowers, Hayden Coplen, Katharine Erwin, Caitlyn Girardi, Greg Goldstone, Andrew Haynes, Amos Kwon, Peter Koch, Matt Neundorf, AJ Powell, Jack Seemer
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