The best menswear shops in Brooklyn
Who knows how to dress like a New Yorker better than the people who live there? Brooklyn-based stylist Laura Miles Dresser is the founder of Shop Baby Lou. From independent designers to one-of-a-kind vintage finds, her curated online store mirrors the fashion trends in the city: inspired by decades past, but upgraded for the 21st century. Start dressing like a New Yorker with a visit to Laura’s five favourite menswear shops in Brooklyn.
Going to Brooklyn no longer means leaving the cosmopolitan city behind in Manhattan. Drama Club founder Jack Sachs opened his modern general store to meet the demand for a highly-edited selection of globally-sourced menswear and plenty of unique accessories in Greenpoint. Head to this airy space facing McGolrick Park for Gitman Vintage shirts, Comme des Garcons zip-around wallets and D.S. & Durga fragrances.
211 Nassau Avenue; 917-214-8274, dramaclub.us
Brooklyn is all about clothes that look ultra expensive but aren’t. That’s the mission of Alter, a mainstay in the Greenpoint shopping scene. An ever-evolving roster of international designers offers stylish finds without the sticker shock. Case in point: a Melton Wool Beanie (beanies have long been considered the Brooklyn hipster’s hat of choice) for less than $40.
140 Franklin Street; 718-349-0203, alterbrooklyn.com
Wolves Within places an emphasis on Made in USA and Fair Trade practices. Discover true American fashions at this artsy Greenpoint shop with handmade shoes, wallets and hats. Pair these artisan finds with classic Timex watches and reissue Vans for a look that’s all at once vintage yet thoroughly modern.
174 Franklin Street; 347-889-5798, wolveswithin.com
The Kinfolk Store
Since 2008, The Kinfolk Store has stocked labels as varied as they are refined. The shop was founded by friends from New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo with a desire to offer products and experiences they couldn’t find anywhere else. Their Williamsburg offering features Carhartt jackets, Reebok sneakers and Kinfolk-brand beanies alongside coffee mugs from Raf Simons’ Calvin Klein home line and Stussy hats.
94 Wythe Avenue; 347-689-4939, kinfolklife.com/home/shop/
Pilgrim Surf + Supply
A boom in the popularity of surfing in New York has brought more than just surf shops. Spaces like Pilgrim Surf + Supply act as hubs for the surfing community. Founder Chris Gentile is committed to creating clothing that works just as well in the city as it does out in nature. Print tees, crew-neck sweatshirts and twill pants are perfect for a walk in Williamsburg or on the beach in Amagansett, where Pilgrim Surf + Supply has a Long Island outpost.
68 N. 3rd Street; 718-218-7456, pilgrimsurfsupply.com
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