There’s more to Nashville than hot chicken and country music. With the city’s recent influx of young transplants, the Tennessee capital has recently evolved into a cosmopolitan hub, boasting menswear stores and vintage shops on par with what one might find in New York or Los Angeles. Of course, “Music City, U.S.A.” still champions its local distinction: Nashville is home to some of the finest music stores in the country. Here’s where you’ll find the goods.
For laid-back luxury with Southern undertones, look no further than menswear giant Billy Reid.
The Frye Company
Frye’s newly opened outpost in the Thompson Hotel is more than just another boot shop in the Gulch. A stage in the center of the store gives a nod to Nashville’s music heritage and plays host to both public and private concerts.
Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
In Nashville, music culture is inescapable. As such, it’s wise (and rewarding) to get lost in it. Grimey’s lets you do just that. Home to new and used vinyl and in-store concerts, it’s the city’s best record store.
Third Man Records
The Nashville outpost of Jack White’s record label, Third Man, is home to a record store and kitschy lounge with a video jukebox, as well as the only recording studio with direct-to-acetate capabilities.
Gruhn Guitars is one of the best guitar shops in the world, stocking new, vintage and rare guitars since 1970. Whether or not you know how to strum a chord, it’s worth a visit — Gruhn’s wares are just as much works of art as they are musical instruments.
imogene + willie
Housed in a former gas station, imogene + willie specializes in hard-wearing American-made classics, most notably Cone Mills selvedge denim cut in vintage-inspired silhouettes. Don’t overlook the Willie silhouette; with a mid-rise and straight leg, it’s the brand’s flagship style.
Haymakers & Co.
Haymakers & Co. has a lot to offer: a full-service barber shop, premium denim, contemporary menswear and made-to-order goods and more.
Wheat & Co
East Nashville–based Wheat & Co. has a knack for unearthing American-made, up-and-coming labels, like Thrux Lawrence and Corridor NYC.
Flip Men’s Luxury Consignment
A high-end consignment shop offering everything from vintage suiting to gently used leather jackets from brands like Yves Saint Laurent and Public School. Flip truly celebrates the thrill of the hunt.
As one of Nashville’s premier design and homeware shops, Wilder offers a curated range of furniture, textiles, lighting and art from small design studios. In other words, statement-making home goods you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.