Unionmade’s watchword could be ‘robust’. San Francisco’s best menswear store specialises in British, Japanese and homegrown brands – your outerwear options alone encompass Barbour, Beams Plus and Levi’s Vintage.
They’re also keen on a collaboration; recent hook-ups with Nigel Cabourn and United Arrows were especially lust-worthy, and they’ve not dropped the ball on this season’s pairings with Alden and hometown neighbours Golden Bear.
Key Piece: Gitman Vintage button-down shirt
Sid Mashburn – Atlanta, Georgia
The bricks-and-mortar manifestation of Southern hospitality, entering Sid Mashburn’s shop is like stepping into an updated cigar club. Yes, there’s clothes. But you can also get a drink, put something on the record player, or shoot a game of pool.
Sid’s history at menswear giants like J.Crew, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren is apparent in his collection – this store is what those brands wish they could be.
Key Piece: Sid Mashburn Half-Zip Sweater In Coral Cashmere
Bobby From Boston – Boston, Massachusetts
Bobby from Boston is Bobby Garnett, a man who’s devoted his life to discovering the unique. Which translates as one of America’s largest vintage collections, with clothing and accessories stretching back to the 1920s.
Hollywood costume departments regularly make the 6,000-mile round trip in search of authenticity, and his wares have popped up in over 50 films, from A Beautiful Mind toBlack Mass. Meaning that if you buy a piece at Bobby From Boston, you’ll likely be the only one in the world who owns it.
Key Piece: Vintage Red Sox uniform
Stitched – Las Vegas, Nevada
Hit a hot streak? Head to the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the Vegas strip for high rollers’ heaven. Like the rest of Vegas, Stitched caters to those who are ready to drop some serious cash = but unlike at the poker table, you’re guaranteed to come out of Stitched a winner, grasping swag from Tom Ford, Eton and Stitched’s own in-house collection.
Plus, in the true Las Vegas tradition of excess, Stitched houses a full bar and a decked-out leather lounge. Not one for the minimalists.
Key Piece: XXXX Collection – Black Label – Castagneto Dinner Jacket
Kith – New York City, New York
New York City’s Kith is streetwear on steroids. The store’s supreme collection of apparel and footwear is displayed in an innovative store front, from a ceiling dripping with white trainers to walls studded with branded pencils.
But it’s not just decor. There’s also a menswear collection that features streetwear gods like Public School, T by Alexander Wang, and Y-3. But really, you should unlock your wallet for Kith’s in-house collection, and founder Ronnie Fieg’s regular sneaker collabs. True streetwear gold dust.
Key Piece: Whatever exclusive drop you can get your hands on before it sells out
Izzy Martin – Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque, thanks to Breaking Bad, is now better known for meth labs than menswear, but Izzy Martin takes classic Southwestern style and gives it a modern spin.
The store’s focus is on local and independent designers who utilise heritage materials in newfangled ways. The store is also deeply committed to its city and community, stocking regional pieces like Navajo textiles, and beyond the rails, the store boasts some seriously knowledgeable staff who are eager to chat fabrics and the history of their manufacturers.
Key piece: Navajo Chinle Mohair Vegetal Rug
Social Status – Charlotte, North Carolina
Street ninjas know exclusivity is all. So Social Status should be the first stop for those who don’t want anyone else in their squad repping the same Hood by Air or Commes des Garçons threads.
This streetwear mecca is first on rare drops and boasts a constant influx of new and limited edition footwear from the likes adidas, Jordan and Nike. Hence the regular round-the-block lines.
Key Piece: A Bathing Ape Colour Camo Jacquard
The Woodlands – Portland, Oregon
Hipster might be a dirty word, but The Woodlands’ workwear collection is so good, you might even be tempted to grow that beard back. The rustic Americana ambience, and a collection that includes Generic Man shoes, vintage Pendleton knits and Tellason jeans, make The Woodlands a must-visit even if you’ve never canned your own pickles.
While you’re browsing, it’s also advisable to visit the adjacent Tanner Goods, where you can buy customised leather pieces direct from the workshop.
Key Piece: Tanner Goods Excursion Frame Bag
Context – Madison, Wisconsin
The Midwest might not be known for upscale fashion, but Context is working hard to change this. The store has developed a cult following of denim heads, and for good reason – not only is their selvedge offering admirable, but they’ll also repair your jeans onsite when they blow out.
But those who’ve turned their back on chafing are well-served too. Since its opening in 2005, the store has developed into a lifestyle boutique, offering footwear, leather goods and – especially important in Wisconsin – winterwear.
Key Piece: Shockoe Old Boy Original Classic Indigo
Men’s Resale By The Village – Houston, Texas
Zegna suits for $300. Armani jeans for $60. A.P.C. button-downs for $20. These prices would be a fantasy anywhere else but Men’s Resale by the Village, a second-hand store with the vibes of an upscale boutique.
Goodwill, this ain’t: the store only stocks second-hand designer labels in top condition, from brands like Versace, Prada, and Hermàs. And, being Texas, you’ll also find an array of luxury cowboy boots, like ostrich Lucchese boots for only $150. Which will pair beautifully with that Saint Laurent jacket, right?
Key Piece: Anything leather