New York City is known for its shopping. It’s the place where both domestic and international outfits operate flagship stores, well-designed retail experiences that epitomize brands’ DNAs. Every neighborhood has a different assortment of shops aimed at a certain kind of clientele. No matter what you’re after, though, there’s enough variety to surprise and engage even the most discerning shopper. The following 10 locations represent the best New York has to offer in tasteful menswear shops.
Additional contribution by Gerald Ortiz.
About: Established in 2010 in Hong Kong, The Armoury quickly garnered a reputation for being on the best traditional menswear retailers in the world. It opened a New York location in late 2013 in Tribeca and has become a staple shop for the discerning dresser.
Brands: Ascot Chang, Carmina, Drake’s, Ring Jacket
Blue in Green
About: Tucked away in a newly renovated space in SoHo, Blue in Green stocks a range of hard-to-find Japanese brands and a supporting cast of international small-production companies. If you’re looking for esoteric denim, Americana-inspired tops, handmade shoes or quirky scarves, this is your place.
Brands: Chimala, Kapital, Monitaly, Snow Peak
About: Though it started as an online store in 2008, C’H’C’M’ has successfully operated out of its space on Bond street since 2010. The tight curation of brands focuses on top-quality construction and a minimalist-leaning aesthetic.
Brands: Barena, Evan Kinori, Nanamica, Niuhans
Front General Store
About: Dumbo’s Front General Store was opened a few years ago by a trio who were well established in the vintage clothing community. Their years of experience buying and selling covetable clothing gives the shop a tighter curation than most second-hand stores. There are countless treasures to be found here, no matter your personal style aesthetic.
Brands: Levi’s, Ortega’s Weaving, Guepard, Wrangler
About: If sneakers are you jam, Kith is the store. Established in 2011, it has become the go-to desitnation for the best limited-edition kicks. Kith also offers a range of apparel highlighting streetwear’s best brands.
Brands: Greg Lauren, John Elliott, Off-White
About: The Ralph Lauren legion would be remiss to pass up the brand’s flagship store for its heritage-focused label. The store, located in Soho, boasts the best merchandising Ralph has to offer with vintage and antique fixtures displaying the full collection of RRL.
Brands: RRL, vintage
About: Tucked into an unassuming storefront in the Garment District, Nepenthes is the home base of Daiki Suzuki’s Engineered Garments. The store has a numerous collaborations featuring EG’s distinct aesthetic, but also stocks a range of other brands to compliment the style. Founded in 2011, this is a unique shop directly tied to the Garment District’s daily production.
Brands: Engineered Garments, Needles, Nepenthes NY, South2West8
About: Situated comfortably away from the main hubbub of Williamsburg, Raggedy Threads is the New York location for the Los-Angeles-based vintage shop. The store offers alterations and repairs in addition to its first-rate selection of 1920s-1970s workwear.
Brands: Vintage workwear and militaria
About: Though Self Edge was initially started in San Francisco, its Lower East Side location has sold some of the best denim available to New Yorkers since 2009. Along with the wealth of indigo, check out great shirts and jackets from hard-to-find Japanese brands, and incredible jewelry from L.A.’s Good Art.
Brands: The Flat Head, Iron Heart, Sugar Cane, Yellow Rat
About: Located just down the street from premier denim shop Self Edge, Mannahatta specializes in hard-to-find Japanese brands as well as heritage-focused labels and vintage Native American jewelry.
Brands: Kapital, ts(s), Left Field, Dehen 1920, Rude Gallery
About: Todd Snyder’s new store boarding Madison Square Park is your one stop shop for everything menswear. From tailoring to athletic wear, the store’s collection of brands offers something for everyone. Also, take advantage of the El Rey Annex and grab a coffee while you shop.
Brands: Private White, Red Wing Heritage, Todd Snyder, Timex
About: Brooklyn Tailors began back in 2007 in pursuit of the perfect suit. In addition to stocking its suit perfected, the brand’s brick & mortar peddles some of the finest garments from Italian suiting, Japanese denim, Scottish knitwear and English dress shoes.
Brands: Camoshita, orSlow, Harley’s of Scotland, Glenn’s Denim, Cheaney
About: From the mind of former Supreme creative director Brendan Babenzien, streetwear brand Noah is as sharp as it is stylish. The Nolita store feels like a clubhouse or seaside cabin decked out with nautical-inspired decor and deeply comfortable leather couches surrounded by graphic tees, hoodies and tailored goods.
Brands: Noah, Paraboot, Solovair, Aprix, Sperry
Dover Street Market New York
About: As the New York outpost for Comme Des Garçons designer Rei Kawakubo’s experiential multi-brand store, Dover Street Market New York is a seven-story concept shop filled with high-end designers as well as young streetwear brands.
Brands: Comme Des Garçons, Supreme, Gucci, Sacai, Undercover, Brain Dead, Vans
10 ft. Single by Stella Dallas
About: Located in Williamsburg, 10 ft. Single by Stella Dallas is a must for any vintage clothing lover. The space is packed with racks of vintage Americana, military and sportswear. The front space is filled with oxford cloth button-up shirts, flannels, corduroy pants, denim, sweatshirts and trench coats while the back room is much of the same with rarer pieces and higher price tags.
Brands: Vintage workwear, outdoors, and sportswear from the 1920s through the 1990s
About: Opened in what used to be a massage parlor, 18east’s store is ground zero for the brand’s collection of hand-knit sweaters, painstakingly embroidered shirts and custom-milled fabrics. The space is minimal, but calculated and serves loyal fans of the once online-only brand.
Brands: 18east, AE McAteer, Padmore & Barnes, Inis Meaín, vintage
About: Tokio 7 stocks a bevy of secondhand designer clothing from the avant-garde to the minimalist to Americana. Runway pieces sit alongside rare streetwear labels.
Brands: Vintage Comme des Garçons, Junya Watanabe, Engineered Garments, Jil Sander, Hender Scheme, A.P.C.
Aimé Leon Dore
About: The flagship for Aimé Leon Dore’s classically cool spread of sportswear is a clean space that also doubles as a cafe with a French feel.
Brands: Aimeé Leon Dore
Rugged Road & Co.
About: The store is easy to miss, situated at the very back of an indoor mall on the tourist-filled street of Williamsburg’s Bedford Avenue. In the cozy space you’ll find patinated vintage knicknacks, 1940s military trousers, mid-century sweats, flannels and more.
Brands: Vintage 1930s-1960s militaria, workwear and sportswear