Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Best Seattle Men's Stores - Part One

I posted about my favorite menswear stores in Seattle nearly four years ago, but considering how much the retail landscape has changed since then, I thought it'd be worth an update.

+ Nordstrom Downtown - A newly expanded men's designer selection now includes six new brands this season, including Shipley & Halmos and Opening Ceremony. Also on offer are new American favorites like Spurr and Rag & Bone, as well more established European brands like Burberry Prorsum and Gucci. Loden Dager, A.P.C., Hentsch Men, Maison Martin Margiela, John Varvatos, dsquared2, and the incredibly rare Marni round out the bunch. A little something for everybody, but all incredibly solid wardrobe additions.

+ Blackbird - Ballard's world-renowned men's shop is still as reliable as ever. An early proponent for the American heritage revival, there are well-curated and exclusive items from brands like Alden, Pendleton and Woolrich (both Woolen Mills and John Rich & Bros.), all with a Northwest slant (as opposed to Opening Ceremony's progressive bent). Beyond that, the list of brands keeps going, with cult Japanese labels like Coming Soon to slick, smart American designers like Simon Miller and Tim Hamilton. You really have to check it out to understand why magazines like Monocle keep raving about it. Also check out The Field House, their more outdoorsy, woodsman-friendly sister store.

+ Jack Straw - An extremely edited selection of labels for men includes Adam Kimmel, Dries Van Noten, and Engineered Garments. The client is mature, sophisticated, and well-educated, with a strong appreciation for refined detailing and unexpected fabrications. For the creative Seattle man who doesn't want to wear another damn Brioni suit. For the women in their lives, check out the selection of Yoshi Kondo sweaters.

+ Crossroads Trading Co. - The Capitol Hill outpost recently doubled in size, and for the extremely patient and diligent, you can find some unbelievable deals. My recent finds include A.P.C. coats, a Band of Outsiders vest, Marc by Marc Jacobs shirts, and Surface to Air shoes, and virtually everything in the store is under $60. Just beware, the best stuff requires coming in often and being ready to dig.

Coming soon: an update including Barneys, Veridis, Kuhlman, and more.

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