Discerning Dressing

The 50 Best Menswear Shops in America


February 13, 2020 Style By Photo by Temple of Offering (Lead)
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Last Updated February, 2020: This post has been updated with new picks for 2020.

You can purchase anything you want with your phone. Flicking through webstore after webstore, there’s essentially nothing you can’t buy with a few taps. As satisfying as it may be to peruse your way through pixels of your favorite stores, the true, full experience of your favorite brand, store or designer can only be had at a brick-and-mortar location.

Sure, there are lookbooks and behind-the-scenes Instagram stories to give you a better sense of a brand’s ethos and personality. But, brick-and-mortar stores appeal to the senses. Look, touch, listen, smell — they offer a way to actually connect with brands (not to mention physically try on their clothes).

From menswear meccas, hidden hypebeast gems, avant-garde garment galleries and must-see mono-brand flagships, we’ve compiled 50 of the best menswear stores in America. If you find yourself traveling, make sure to carve out time to visit in person.

Criteria for Inclusion: We stuck with notable, distinctive retail stores that offer goods off the shelf (and/or online). Our compass in choice was that stores needed to have a distinct aesthetic and offer 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
THE BLOKE – Los Angeles, CA
UNION LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles, CA
STANDARD AND STRANGE – Oakland, CA
SELF EDGE – San Francisco, CA
RELIQUARY – San Francisco, CA
MAAS & STACKS San Francisco, CA
CANOE CLUB – Boulder, CO
STEADBROOK – Denver, CO
SUPPLY & ADVISE – Miami, FL
SID MASHBURN – Atlanta, GA
LEATHER SOUL – Waikiki, HI
INDEPENDENCE – Chicago, IL
NOTRE – Chicago, IL
FRIEND – New Orleans, LA
BODEGA – Boston, MA
PORTLAND DRY GOODS CO. – Portland, ME
ASKOV FINLAYSON – Minneapolis, MN
BLACKBLUE – St. Paul, MN
MARTIN PATRICK 3 – Minneapolis, MN
EAST AND WEST – Kansas City, MO
VINCENT OUTFITTING CO – Albuquerque, NM
THE ARMOURY – New York, NY
NOAH – New York, NY
BLUE IN GREEN – New York, NY
J.CREW LUDLOW SHOP – New York, NY
DOVER STREET MARKET – New York, NY
RALPH LAUREN MANSION – New York, NY
XHIBITION – Cleveland, OH
ABERSONS – Tulsa, OK
MACHUS – Portland, OR
FRANCES MAY – Portland, OR
BRIAR VINTAGE – Philadelphia, PA
TOTEM – Philadelphia, PA
UBIQ – Philadelphia, PA
INDIGO AND COTTON – Charleston, SC
ROOTED – Nashville, TN
HAMILTON SHIRTS – Houston, TX
TEMPLE OF OFFERING – San Antonio, 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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Location: Florence, AL
Founded: 2004
For the Guy Who: Appreciates the design elements of a K.Swiss, Southern dandyism and fine leather.
Brands: Billy Reid

American Rag Cie

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

County Ltd.


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

Deus Ex Machina

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Location: Venice, CA
Founded: 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

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General Admission

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Location: Venice, California
Founded: 2015
For the Guy Who: Who likes to blend surf, skate and contemporary menswear.
Brands: Brain Dead, General Admission, Outerknown, Vans, Garrett Leight California Optical

The Bloke


Location: Pasadena, CA
Founded: 2017
For the Guy Who: Appreciates fine tailoring, shines his shoes regularly and prefers the Criterion Collection.
Brands: Carmina, Ring Jacket, Tellason, Drake’s

Union Los Angeles


Location: Los Angeles, CA
Founded: 1989
For the Guy Who: Is a devotee of contemporary fashion and small designers.
Brands: Brain Dead, Camp High, Fear of God, Rhude

Standard and Strange


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

Self Edge


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

Reliquary


Location: San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2011
For the Guy Who: Enjoys a mix of vintage clothes and under-the-radar brands.
Brands: Evan Kinori, Lady White, Mf Pen, Jan Jan Van Essche

Maas & Stacks


Location: San Francisco, CA
Founded: 2011
For the Guy Who: Keeps up with the newest European and Japanese designers.
Brands: Stone Island, Visvim, Comme Des Garçons, Camiel Fortgens

Canoe Club


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

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Steadbrook

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

Supply & Advise

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Location: Miami, FL
Founded: 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

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Leather Soul

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

Independence

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Location: Chicago, IL
Founded: 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

Notre


Location: Chicago, IL
Founded: 2014
For the Guy Who: Knows what sneakers are dropping before anyone else and what A$AP Rocky is wearing right now.
Brands: Sacai, Needles, Nike, Acronym

Friend


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

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Bodega


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

Portland Dry Goods Co.

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Location: Portland, ME
Founded: 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

Beaux Biens


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

Askov Finlayson

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Location: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 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

BlackBlue

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Location: St. Paul, MN
Founded: 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

Martin Patrick 3

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Location: Minneapolis, MN
Founded: 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

East and West


Location: Kansas City, MO
Founded: 2018
For the Guy Who: Likes their denim raw and their garments engineered, with a smattering of Swedish design.
Brands: 3sixteen, Engineered Garments, Norse Projects, Saturdays, Viberg

Vincent Outfitting Co.


Location: Omaha, NE
Founded: 2018
For the Guy Who: Is into Americana but lives literally in the middle of the country, away from his favorite brands.
Brands: Velva Sheen, Oak Street Bootmakers, Taylor Stitch

The Armoury


Location: New York, NY
Founded: 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

Noah


Location: New York, NY
Founded: 2016
For the Guy Who: Used to like Supreme, grew up in prep school and listened to hardcore.
Brands: Noah

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Blue in Green


Location: New York, NY
Founded: 2006
For the Guy Who: Doesn’t have time to travel to Tokyo to stock his closet.
Brands: Chimala, Kapital, Monitaly, Snow Peak

Front General Store

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Location: Brooklyn, NY
Founded: 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

J.Crew Ludlow Shop

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

Dover Street Market


Location: New York, NY
Founded: 2013
For the Guy Who: Likes to go the museum if the museum is 7 floors of the latest designer clothes.
Brands: Commes Des Garçons, Doublet, Gucci, Undercover, Thom Browne

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Ralph Lauren Mansion

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

Xhibition

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Location: Cleveland, OH
Founded: 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

Abersons


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

Machus

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

Frances May


Location: Portland, OR
Founded: 2008
For the Guy Who: Is some kind of creative director and/or graphic designer.
Brands: Our Legacy, Chimala, Lemaire, Bode

Briar Vintage

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 2011
For the Guy Who: Is a self-proclaimed vintage guy who’s most visited sites are eBay and Etsy, and he has ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Serpico’ on Blu Ray.
Brands: Vintage suits, militaria and ivy clothes.

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Totem Brand Co.


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: Date 2014
For the Guy Who:Drools over funky and rare Japanese labels and Birkenstocks.
Brands: Kapital, Paraboot, Engineered Garments, Patagonia

UBIQ

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 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

Indigo and Cotton

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

Rooted


Location: Nashville, TN
Founded: 2011
For the Guy Who: Reads Hypebeast every day and describes himself as a sneaker almanac.
Brands: Alyx, Nike, Rhude, Yeezy

Hamilton Shirts

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

Temple of Offering


Location: San Antonio, TX
Founded: 2019
For the Guy Who: Relaxes after a hike by burning palo santo and drinking pour over coffee.
Brands: Red Wing, Blundstone, 3sixteen, Corridor

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Nice Kicks

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Location: Austin, TX
Founded: 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

Stag Provisions

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Location: Austin, TX
Founded: 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

Bastille


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

Need Supply Co.

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Location: Richmond, VA
Founded: 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

Filson

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

Likelihood

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

Context Clothing

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Location: Madison, WI
Founded: 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

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