Know a guy that loves to shop just as much as you do? Here are some New York City menswear shops worth checking out.
Odin New York
With three stores to choose from in NYC, Odin New York is located in the East Village, West Village, and Soho (its flagship store). Accessories, bags, tees, trousers, sweaters, shorts, blazers, coats, you name it from designers like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Bespoken, Rag & Bone, Shipley and Halmos, and Thom Browne. Nonetheless, even with all these fabulous brands, Odin has its own line to choose from as well.
Having stores not only in New York, but in San Francisco and Los Angeles as well, Self Edge is the shop for denim. Though they have cutting edge non-denim pieces from obscure designers, they are predominantly known for their jeans. They have their own denim line, but other brands that they carry include, Nudie Jeans Co., Buzz Rickson, Imperial Denim, Dry Bones, Sugar Cane, and Iron Heart. They also have a full range of repair services, not only for denim, but for shirts, jackets, leather, and basically anything else you need fixed...anything that's relevant anyway.
Lounge Soho offers a creative mix of established high-end brands and up-and-comers to try on as music pumps through the store's speakers. Also available for women to shop, this store carries jewelry, grooming products, shoes, and other accessories in addition to its clothing items. They also have a whole vintage apparel assortment to sift through. A really cool feature is its attachment to eatery Casablanca, where you can take shopping breaks for lunch or even cocktails. Don't miss the unisex salon located on its lower level, talk about a one-stop shop!
Still Life NYC
This original store prides itself on custom, hand-crafted pieces, using an on-site seamstress. Still Life NYC's motto is: The Hat Picks You. As you can probably tell, their specialty is headwear. However, they do carry vintage eyewear by high profile designers like Gucci and Ray Ban in addition to select pieces of footwear and outerwear.
Oak NYC is a store, again also for women, that is as edgy and fabulous as they come. With designers like Jeffrey Campbell, Maison Martin Margiela, Edun, and Cheap Monday, their garments, shoes, and accessories are the epitome of fashion. Having pieces with item names like F*ck Yea N.Y.C. Tee, Razor Blade Double Cuff, and Leather Coming and Going Hospital Bracelet, this store's style is pure funk. They have some home goods too.
(Photographer: Jonathan Melamed, Stylist: Stephanie Niedospial, Model: Louis Galloway at Fusion)
Parke and Ronen
This store's tagline is "chic sensuality for the modern man". This designer has rocked the runways of New York Fashion Week many times over and has participated in Fashion's Night Out, not only in New York, but in Los Angeles as well. Parke and Ronen carries workout wear, scents, skincare, and swimwear in addition to the average run-of-the-mill store variety. This brand's style is simple, yet sophisticated and fashion forward — a dream for any man looking for good-looking apparel. I'm a personal fan of their burnout and gradient tees.
By Robert James
This boutique can be found on the Lower East Side and is all about the lifestyle of the "honest man". Having been featured in so many esteemed publications from InStyle to Paper Mag to Spin.com, By Robert James is definitely a hot spot for today's man.
Costume National is likely already on your shopping map for amazing finds for women, but their men's selection is on the same level, if not higher. Let's just say you cannot talk about high fashion without mentioning Costume National. If you're not in the New York area, don't worry. They have a huge variety available for purchase at their online shop.
Sharing a space with womenswear doesn't make the men's clothing at Indulge Soho any less masculine. Fashionable brands like Julian Guthrie, Yohji Yamamoto, Lucky Brand, John Varvatos, and Burberry are what this store's about. It's no wonder that this shop attracts industry elites like stylists, editors, buyers, and photographers.