Last Updated January, 2018: This post has been updated with new picks for 2018.

Arbiters 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 grade school 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
AMERICAN RAG CIE – Los Angeles, CA
COUNTY LTD. – Los Angeles, CA
DEUS EX MACHINA – Venice, CA
GENERAL ADMISSION – Venice, CA
IRON & RESIN GARAGE – Ventura, CA
STANDARD AND STRANGE – Oakland, CA
SELF EDGE – San Francisco, CA
UNIONMADE – San Francisco, CA
WASTELAND – San Francisco, CA
WELCOME STRANGER – San Francisco, CA
CANOE CLUB – Boulder, CO
ARMITAGE & MCMILLAN – Denver, CO
STEADBROOK – Denver, CO
TOPO DESIGNS – Denver, CO
SUPPLY & ADVISE – Miami, FL
SID MASHBURN – Atlanta, GA
LEATHER SOUL – Waikiki, HI
INDEPENDENCE – Chicago, IL
FRIEND – New Orleans, LA
BODEGA – Boston, MA
PORTLAND DRY GOODS CO. – Portland, ME
BEAUX BIENS – Rockport, ME
ASKOV FINLAYSON – Minneapolis, MN
BLACKBLUE – St. Paul, MN
MARTIN PATRICK 3 – Minneapolis, MN
PERSONA – Nashua, NH
IZZY MARTIN – New York, NY
THE ARMOURY – New York, NY
BEST MADE CO. – 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
Abersons – Tulsa, OK
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
BASTILLE – Salt Lake City, UT
NEED SUPPLY CO. – Richmond, VA
FILSON – Seattle, WA
LIKELIHOOD – Seattle, WA
CONTEXT CLOTHING – Madison, WI

Billy Reid

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Florence, AL | Est. 2004
For the Guy Who: Appreciates the design elements of a K.Swiss, Southern dandyism and fine leather.
Brands: Billy Reid

114 N. Court St., Florence, AL 35630 | (877) 757-3934 | billyreid.com

American Rag Cie

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Los Angeles, CA | Est. 1985
For the Guy Who: Likes finding vintage classics alongside new and unexpected designers.
Brands: Billykirk, Fadeless, BLK DNM, Obey

150 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036 | (323) 935-3154 | americanrag.com

County Ltd.


Los Angeles, CA | Est. 2017
For the Guy Who: Loves simple, timeless design.
Brands: Lady White Co., Auralee, The Superior Labor, H.W. Dog & Co.

1837 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | (323) 741-8337
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Deus Ex Machina

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Venice, CA | Est. 2012
For the Guy Who: Needs new clothes, but doesn’t want to “shop” — this is a custom-made-motorcycle, hand-shaped-surfboard-display space, with some surf and casual apparel.
Brands: Thrux Lawrence, Baxter of California, Biltwell

1001 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291 | (888) 515-3387 | deuscustoms.com
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General Admission

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Venice, California | Est. 2015
For the Guy Who: Who likes to blend surf, skate and contemporary menswear.
Brands: Brain Dead, Fukt, Levi’s Made and Crafted, Outerknown, Our Legacy

52 Brooks Ave, Venice, CA 90291 | (310) 399-1051 | generaladmission.us

Iron & Resin Garage

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Ventura, CA | Est. 2013
For the Guy Who: Enjoys a straightforward blend of high style with skate and surf culture.
Brands: Iron & Resin

324 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001 | (805) 643-0737 | ironandresin.com

Standard and Strange


Oakland, CA | Est. 2012
For the Guy Who: Bases his wardrobe in quality denim and leather boots.
Brands: Shockoe Atelier, OrSlow, Alden, Red Wing

5010 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609 | (510) 373-9696 | standardandstrange.com

Self Edge


San Francisco, CA | Est. 2006
For the Guy Who: Appreciates really, really, really good denim.
Brands: Iron Heart, The Strike Gold, 3Sixteen, The Flat Head

714 VALENCIA ST., SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94110 | (415) 558-0658 | selfedge.com

Unionmade

Unionmade-Gear-Patrol
San Francisco, CA | Est. 2009
For the Guy Who: Needs to stock up on solid wardrobe basics and who’ll spend a bit more for an exclusive collaboration.
Brands: Alden, Golden Bear, Gitman Bros., Journal Standard

493 Sanchez St., San Francisco, CA 94114 | (415) 861-3373 | unionmadegoods.com

Wasteland

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San Francisco, CA | Est. 1985
For the Guy Who: Enjoys vintage pieces and the art of the search.
Brands: Ever changing

1660 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117 | (415) 863-3150 | shopwasteland.com

Welcome Stranger

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San Francisco, CA | Est. 2010
For the Guy Who: Seeks top-quality, hard-to-find brands, priced accordingly.
Brands: Rag & Bone, Topo Designs, Welcome Stranger, Gant

460 Gough St., San Francisco, CA 94102 | (415) 864-2079 | welcomestranger.com

Canoe Club


Boulder, CO | Est. 2017
For the Guy Who: Loves rugged Americana with a heavy dose of Japanese influence.
Brands: Filson, RRL, Kapital, Remi Relief

777 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | (720) 282-3114 | shopcanoeclub.com

Armitage & McMillan

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Denver, CO | Est. 2014
For the Guy Who: Wants New York urban and Rocky Mountains natural all in one place.
Brands: The Brooklyn Circus, BillyKirk, FairEnds, Saturdays Surf NYC

1550 Platte St., Suite D, Denver, CO 80202 | (303) 284-6222 | armitageandmcmillan.com
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Steadbrook

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Denver, CO | Est. 2013
For the Guy Who: Wants high fashion alongside a dose of Western functionality and community.
Brands: Steadbrook, Carhartt, Benny Gold, Norse Projects

46 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80204 | (720) 441-1891 | steadbrook.com

Topo Designs

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Denver, CO | Est. 2013
For the Guy Who: Is going on his first or 1,000th day hike and wants to look the part.
Brands: Topo Designs, OYO, Snow Peak, MSR

2500 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205 | (303) 954-8420 | topodesigns.com

Supply & Advise

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Miami, FL | Est. 2015
For the Guy Who: Loves Americana-inspired apparel and enjoys clothing that is stylish yet still comfortable.
Brands: Alex Mill, Jungmaven, Gant, Levi’s, Quoddy, Tanner Goods

223 SE. 1st St., Miami, FL 33131 | (305) 960-2043 | supplyandadvise.com
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Leather Soul

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Waikiki, HI | Est. 2004
For the Guy Who: Relishes a fantastic selection of fine footwear.
Brands: Alden, John Lobb, Briefing, Paraboot

2233 Kalakaua Ave. #301, Honolulu, HI, 96815 | (808) 922-0777 | leathersoul.com

Independence

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Chicago, IL | Est. 2012
For the Guy Who: Needs to try on Oak Street boots before they make the wise purchase (and then buy some complementary apparel).
Brands: Oak Street Bootmakers, Gitman Bros., Apolis

47 E. Oak St., Chicago, IL 60611 | (312) 675-2105 | independence-chicago.com

Friend

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New Orleans, LA | Est. 2012
For the Guy Who: Enjoys high-end, casual sportswear (you dig?) and boardshorts.
Brands: Corridor, Cuisse de Grenouille, Saturdays Surf NYC

2115 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 | (504) 218-4214 | friendneworleans.com
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Bodega


Boston, MA | Est. 2006
For the Guy Who: Collects sneakers and loves streetwear.
Brands: Adidas, New Balance, Acronym, Carhartt W.I.P.

6 Clearway St. Boston, MA 02115 | shop.bdgastore.com

Portland Dry Goods Co.

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Portland, ME | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Wants a modern, outdoors-inspired look without donning technical nylon or growing a Civil War beard.
Brands: Canada Goose, Battenwear, Engineered Garments, Imogene + Willie

237 Commercial St., Portland, ME 04101 | (207) 699-5575 | seawallshop.com

Beaux Biens


Rockport, ME | Est. 2016
For the Guy Who: Appreciates the small details in wardrobe staples.
Brands: Maine Mountain Moccasin, Tender Co., Velva Sheen, Battenwear

6 Dock Square, Rockport, ME, 01966 | (978) 309-5645 | beauxbiens.com

Askov Finlayson

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Minneapolis, MN | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Enjoys adventuring outdoors as much as he likes looking good while doing it.
Brands: Askov Finayson, Fjällräven, Frost River, Snow Peak, Sanborn Canoe Company

204 1st St. N., Minneapolis, MN 55401 | (612) 206-3925 | askovfinlayson.com

BlackBlue

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St. Paul, MN | Est. 2009
For the Guy Who: Likes classic clothing made from time-tested materials (read: leather and denim).
Brands: Gitman Bros., JW Hulme, Tellason, Redwing, Levi’s

614 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102 | (651) 260-5340 | blkblu.com

Martin Patrick 3

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Minneapolis, MN | Est. 2005
For the Guy Who: Likes to buy top-notch clothes, shoes and accessories all in one spot.
Brands: Jack Spade, Malin + Goetz, Naked & Famous, Rag & Bone

212 3rd Ave. N., #106, Minneapolis, MN 55401 | (612) 746-5329 | martinpatrick3.com

Persona

Persona-Gear-Patrol
Nashua, NH | Est. 2008
For the Guy Who: Wants a touch of modern in rural New England.
Brands: 10.Deep, Gourmet, Penfield, Saucony

122 Main St., Nashua, NH 03062 | (603) 886-2707 | shop-persona.com

Izzy Martin


Albuquerque, NM | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Wants a solid collection of brands that offer timeless staples for every man.
Brands: Gitman Vintage, Levi’s, Pendleton, The Hill-Side

103 Amherst Dr SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106 | (505) 235-9493 | izzymartin.com

The Armoury


New York, NY | Est. 2010
For the Guy Who: Appreciates the craftsmanship of a classic suit, an Italian tie and benchmade shoes.
Brands: Ascot Chang, Carmina, Drake’s, Ring Jacket

168 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013 | (646) 613-7613 | thearmoury.com

Best Made Co.


New York, NY | Est. 2009
For the Guy Who: Likes drinking out of enamelware and carrying a hatchet, even when he’s not camping. (Note: The company opened a second retail location in Los Angeles, California.)
Brands: Best Made Co.

36 White St., New York, NY 10013 | (646) 478-7092 | bestmadeco.com
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Front General Store

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Brooklyn, NY | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Seeks exclusivity and diversity — it’s a Japanese-owned store in Dumbo boasting a trove of vintage Americana.
Brands: Members Only, Sunrock, Pendleton

143 Front St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (347) 693-5328 | frontgeneralstore.com

J.Crew Ludlow Shop

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New York, NY | Est. 2008
For the Guy Who: Needs a reliable, tailored suit, for a large market price.
Brands: J.Crew

50 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013 | (212) 587-3139 | jcrew.com

NikeLab

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New York, NY | Est. 2014
For the Guy Who: Understands the worth of a concept store reimagining classic innovations.
Brands: Nike, Nike Collaborations

21 Mercer St., New York, NY 10013 | (212) 226-5433 | nikelab.com
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Ralph Lauren Mansion

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New York, NY | Est. 1986
For the Guy Who: Wants a royal Americana treatment in a 19th-century New York mansion.
Brands: Polo Ralph Lauren

867 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021 | (212) 606-2100 | ralphlauren.com

Steven Alan

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New York, NY | Est. 1997
For the Guy Who: Likes to have the hottest new thing, before it’s the hottest new thing.
Brands: Steven Alan, Engineered Garments, Wings+Horns, New Balance

103 Franklin St., New York, NY 10013 | (212) 343-0692 | stevenalan.com

Xhibition

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Cleveland, OH | Est. 2014
For the Guy Who: Doesn’t shy from dropping cash for the biggest brands and embraces stepping into a futuristic, sensory experience of a shop to get them.
Brands: Head Porter, Asics, Y-3, Alexander Wang

2068 W. 25th St., Cleveland, OH 44113 | (216) 298-4770 | xhibition.com

Abersons


Tulsa, OK | Est. 1974
For the Guy Who: Is looking for all the Italian luxury in one place.
Brands: Boglioli, Brunello Cucinelli, Massimo Alba, Lardini

3509 S. Peoria, Tulsa, OK, 74105 | (918) 742-7335 | abersonstyle.com

Machus

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Portland, OR | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Is seeking hard-to-find designers in a friendly, helpful location.
Brands: Field Notes, DSPTCH, Adidas X Kanye West

532 E. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97214 | (503) 206-8626 | machusonline.com

Revolvr

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Bend, OR | Est. 2013
For the Guy Who: Just took his last run of the day at Mt. Bachelor and is looking for something comfortable and stylish to hit the apres scene.
Brands: Electric, Harry’s Shaving, Obey, Scotch & Soda, Stance Socks

945 NW. Wall St., Bend, OR 97701 | (541) 647-2627 | revolvrmens.com

The Woodlands

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Portland, OR | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Is an urban lumberjack in a city whose sports teams are the Trailblazers, Timbers and Ducks.
Brands: Carhartt, Rancourt & Co., The Hill-Side, A Kind of Guise

1308 W. Burnside St., Portland, OR 97209 | (503) 222-2774 | tannergoods.com
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UBIQ

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Philadelphia, PA | Est. Date 2001
For the Guy Who: Looking for exclusive sneakers and the streetwear to match.
Brands: Adidas Originals, Asics, Clae, Danner, Native, New Balance, Nike

1509 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 | (215) 988-0194 | ubiqlife.com

Indigo and Cotton

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Charleston, SC | Est. 2011
For the Guy Who: Wants a hint of Southern style, but not all of it.
Brands: Jungmaven, Billykirk, Shinola, Imogene & Willie, Velva Sheen

79 Cannon St., Charleston, SC 29403 | (843) 718-2980 | indigoandcotton.com

Imogene & Willie

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Nashville, TN | Est. 2009
For the Guy Who: Wants to buy old school, raw denim from an old school, raw shop built in a gas station garage.
Brands: Imogene & Willie, George Kelly, White’s Boots, Olive & Sinclair

2601 12th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37204 | (615) 292-5005 | imogeneandwillie.com

Hamilton Shirts

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Houston, TX | Est. 1883
For the Guy Who: Is in pursuit of classic Texan shirts from an iconic brand.
Brands: Hamilton

5700 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas 77057 | (713) 264-8800 | hamiltonshirts.com

Manready Mercantile

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Houston, TX | Est. 2012
For the Guy Who: Enjoys pampering himself with the best men’s grooming products available.
Brands: Manready Mercantile, D.S. & Durga, Portland General Store, Field Notes, Chippewa

321 W. 19th St., Houston, TX 77008 | (800) 554-9352 | manready.com
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Nice Kicks

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Austin, TX | Est. 2006
For the Guy Who: Knows he wants a new, rare, exclusive sneaker — or just wants to browse an impressive selection.
Brands: Nike, Adidas, Stussy, Vans

2815B Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78705 | (512) 320-8100 | nicekicks.com

Stag Provisions

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Austin, TX | Est. 2009
For the Guy Who: Is seeking out a little bit of everything and is in search of a man’s modern-day general store.
Brands: Baxter, Herschel Supply Co., Juniper Ridge, Tsovet, Jack Spade

1423 S. Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704 | (512) 373-7824 | stagprovisions.com

Bastille


Salt Lake City, UT | Est. 1997
For the Guy Who: Wants a tightly curated selection of forward-thinking brands.
Brands: A.P.C., John Elliott, Engineered Garments, Nudie Jeans

79 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 | (801) 456-0330 | shopbastille.com

Need Supply Co.

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Richmond, VA | Est. 2008
For the Guy Who: Keeps it clean with solid basic shirts and tees, modern footwear and unique accessories.
Brands: A Kind of Guise, Common Projects, Outerknown, Naked and Famous

3100 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221 | (804) 355-4383 | needsupply.com

Filson

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Seattle, WA | Est. 1998
For the Guy Who: Appreciates traditional, rainy-season craftsmanship and lives a classy, outdoorsman lifestyle.
Brands: Filson

1555 4th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134 | (206) 622-3147 | filson.com

Likelihood

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Seattle, WA | Est. 2015
For the Guy Who: Has a footwear collection larger than most people’s wardrobes.
Brands: Adidas, New Balance, Norse Projects, Puma, Seavees

1101 E. Union St., Seattle, WA 98122 | (206) 257-0577 | shoplikelihood.com

Context Clothing

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Madison, WI | Est. 2005
For the Guy Who: Finds himself digging through old barns and refinishing rusty metal tables on the weekends.
Brands: Duckworth, First Settlement Goods, Oak Street Bootmakers, Post Overalls

113 King St., Madison, WI 53703 | (608) 250-0113 | contextclothing.com
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