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Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots. But when it comes to menswear, Philadelphia’s men’s fashion shops stand out from all of the rest.
At the one end of the spectrum are long-established — even historic — men’s clothiers like Boyd’s in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Rittenhouse. At the other resides youthful, independent, urban shops like Sugarcube, Armour and Totem, which all skew closer to vintage street style and local independent brands. Sure, there’s a little in-between, but even Philly’s menswear middle ground is made up of mix: sporty yet sophisticated, tailored yet tattooed.
Whether you’re looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse, or going for a grittier, retro-style inspired look on South Street — Philadelphia’s got you covered.
Read on for our list of Philadelphia’s top menswear shops.
1822 Chestnut Street — Seun Olubodun launched a line of Brit-inspired, bulldog-emblazoned T-shirts back in 2009. Today, his anti-ironic approach to modern preppy dressing also includes baseball caps, bulldog-motif ties and bow ties, dog-wear and needlepoint accessories, all sold from a rustically lounge-like, 2,600-square-foot walk-up, where the focus is predominantly on the guys, and the stock also includes non-D&W sunglasses, hats and phone cases. MORE INFO
1839 Chestnut Street — Today at his studio in Rittenhouse (with satellites in New York and Atlanta), the tattooed attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder and team measure clients for affordable-yet-investment-worthy, bespoke-yet-modern suiting and topcoats made from lightweight summer wools, robust Harris tweeds, Loro Piana milled cashmere, Swiss tech fabric and limited-edition finds. Commonwealth Proper also offers a variety of fabric choices for custom dress shirts and a retail line of ready-to-wear ties, pocket squares, brass collar stays and a rough-and-tumble, all-seasons, made-in-Philly blazer. MORE INFO
1201 Chestnut Street — Founded more than a century ago as a sporting goods store, this indie operation turned into an international powerhouse after its former owner convinced the estates of Babe Ruth and his contemporaries to allow reproduction and sale of their uniform jerseys. Soon, MTV and the hip-hop generation caught on, and the shop’s pro baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey shirts were showing up in populst music videos and song lyrics. Today, having a jersey, snapback cap or warm-up jacket re-issued here is a sign of athletic dominance. In 2007, the company became a very cool subsidiary of Adidas. The flagship store still calls Philly home. MORE INFO
1509 Walnut Street — To say that Ubiq stocks new and vintage sneaks (Nike, Vans, Reebok, Converse, Adidas, Asics), along with endless T-shirts and hoodies, is to vastly undersell this streetwear merchant. Ubiq’s rambling old brownstone displays old-fashioned Daniel Wellington watches, sturdy Stance socks and preppy Head Porter Plus trousers and shirts that are displayed like wearable, collectable, limited-edition, often vintage-inspired works of art. Among them: the store’s own line of apparel and kicks.
704 South 4th Street — The fashion project of corporate world escapee David Grimes sophisticatedly peddles its independent-minded sartorial choices along Fabric Row. Among the rare and wonderful finds here are heritage pieces from Kennington, Goorin Bros. and Fine & Dandy; international representation in Pullin (France) and Maxwell Designs (Ghana); and work by emerging designers Arthinic and Philly’s own Terese Sydonna and Danny Fox. MORE INFO
1600 East Passyunk Avenue — Ben Sherman, Fred Perry, Scotch & Soda and Report Collection are among the fast-moving brands at this youthful retail closet, one of the anchors of South Philly’s trendy East Passyunk neighborhood. Owner Tom Longo stocks everything from brightly striped business socks to soft-washed Phillies T-shirts, bright bathing trunks to knitted neon beer cozies. MORE INFO
535 South Street — Classic, rustic, American. That’s Totem Brand in a few words. The store carries men’s clothing—Wolverine, Danner, Raleigh Denim, Rogue Territory, Billy Kirk, Taylor Stitch, 3Sixteen, Patagonia and Filson—plus GoPros, candles, soaps and incense that appeal to the outdoorsman in everyone. The USA-made or -manufactured promise means people feel good about their purchases. MORE INFO
1818 Chestnut Street — For the greater part of 75 years, the polished tiers of this Rittenhouse family business catered only to men, with a battalion of salesmen and dozens of tailors known for their take-charge, can-do philosophy. Today, there’s an equally polished women’s department, but men still avail themselves of power suits, shoes and refined sportswear from vaunted labels such as Trussini, Brioni, Armani Collezioni, Canali, Etro, Hickey Freeman, Paul Smith and Paul Smith. MORE INFO
1510 Sansom Street — Distinctive custom shirting—with tall, strong collars and French cuffs—is the hallmark of Charlie Morrotta’s men’s shop, a Philadelphia staple since 1983. Morrotta has each shirt made in one of two small factories (there’s one in Naples, Italy and another in the U.S.)—typically in less than three weeks. In-house tailors gladly and expertly perform alterations and adjustments on pieces purchased elsewhere and have become known for their same-day turnaround. MORE INFO
116 N 3rd Street — Brought to Philly by the (local) distillers of Root, Snap and other vintage-inspired spirits, this rustic boutique is all about giving props to creators of things and revivers of lost inventions, which makes for a lush, insightful and totally hip shopping experience. Founding owner Steve Grasse stocked the space with locally made art and furnishings, plus heartily constructed, casually on-point clothing for men and women. MORE INFO
124 N 3rd Street — This marvelously designed Old City repository of modern-yet-timeless men’s and women’s fashion is known for introducing about-to-hit designers. Current roster standouts include casual-chic separates from Rag & Bone and Portland’s Bridge & Burn, plus hard-wearing-yet-fashion-forward, small-batch, made-in-the-U.S.A. standbys from Asbury Park Clothing Co., Big Star, Feltraiger, Peters Mountain Works and Williamsburg Garment Company—all providing an all-American vibe with a subtly artsy edge. In short: It’s the perfect place for a guy to dress himself without the slightest risk of missing the mark. MORE INFO
Last week, our city welcomed the return of The Philadelphia Collection, which kicked off on September 17 with trunk shows, designer sales, and exclusive fashion shows.
Missed out on the fashionable action? Don't worry, there are three more days of fabulous Philly style for you to take advantage of. Below, you can take a look at our top picks for the close out of The Philadelphia Collection 2014.
So, on your mark, get ready — and shop!
Be among the first to view and purchase the latest fall dresses, jackets and accessories designed and fabricated right here in Philadelphia. Come, sip delicious cocktails and discover some hidden gems in our talent filled city.
Where: Urban Princess Boutique, 620 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Join the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator designers for a one-day-only shopping soiree at The Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Meet the 2014 Designers-In-Residence in person, and treat yourself to major fashion steals, light bites, tunes, and sips.
Where: 1701 JFK Blvd #300, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Come see the Cayetano Legacy Collection statement jewelry trunk show. Local company Imbue machine-washable clothing trunk show will be offering-20% off. Bronzed Bee airbrush tanning studio is also offering 20% off packages.
Guests will enjoy freshed baked mini cupcakes from special guest Courtney Lapresi of Master Chef along with light fare and bubbly will they shop and get style tips from Imbue & CLC representatives.
Where: 406 S. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146
A roving event highlighting the best of fall fashion and mixology in Rittenhouse.
Where: Rittenhouse Row, All around Rittenhouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19102 to 19103
A visually tantalizing evening showcasing the best of local Philly men and women fashion with an exciting collaboration between some of the most innovative & creative boutiques, and salons in the South Street Headhouse District.
Master of Ceremonies is America's Next Top Model Finalist Cory Wade Hindorff.
Cash Bar, Complimentary Hors D’oeuvres, Rain or Shine, Fashionable Attire Required
RSVP only, VIP Tickets available for $25 at SouthStFashion.Eventbrite.com
Where: 200 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Preview of exclusive, handmade, one-of-a-kind wallets, clutches, cuffs, cross body bags, clothing and MORE. All while enjoying spa treatments & sampling wine selections.
Where: 7175 Ogontz Avenue, Suite C, Philadelphia, PA 19138
Sincerely Syreeta is back on the scene with another must-hit event. This time the popular Philadelphia blogger and lifestyle influencer is presenting the second edition of her new, provocative series, Sincerely Chosen: The Live Interview Series.
On Thursday, July 17 at East Eden Vegan Restaurant, the second Sincerely Chosen show will feature special guest Melanie Yvette Martin, Associate Beauty and Style Editor of Ebony.com. Melanie has local ties to Philadelphia by way of Temple University where she earned a B.A. in Communications.
Melanie has always been in love with beauty, style, and female empowerment which was manifested early in her college career as the host of her own radio show, Fabulously Focused. Her devotion to female empowerment continues to be seen and felt as the written voice behind Beautifully Brown, a weekly column where Black women of all hues are celebrated and beauty is adored from the brown girl’s perspective.
Melanie will be interviewed about her personal journey, trends in beauty and style, being a brown girl in the media industry, building a beauty/style based media brand, and her thoughts on other hot topics.
Definitey check this one out!
A new, dope exhibition is about to hit the Parkway again, and we're hooking you up with tickets to the opening night at The Barnes Foundation with the artist, Rich Medina and more.
Sought after British artist of Nigerian descent Yinka Shonibare will be exhibiting 15 pieces from his collection at The Barnes. The Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders exhibition will be at The Barnes from January 24-April 21.
Don't miss the opening night of Magic Ladders on January 24. The night will be packed with live music and performance featuring DJ Rich Medina, Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project, and of course, special guest Shonibare. Find out how to enter for a chance to be there below.
Enter for a chance to go to the opening night of Yinka Shonibare’s Magic Ladders exhibition at The Barnes. You and a guest will get to party from 6-9 p.m. with Rich Medina, Luigi Mazzocchi and The Pagode Project.
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This contest runs through 12:00 p.m. on January 22, 2014. Click here to see the official rules.
Philadelphia Welcomes Yinka Shonibare Featuring Rich Medina & More
When: January 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
(6–7:30 p.m. Luigi Mazzocchi & The Pagode Project | 7:30–9 p.m. Rich Medina)
Where: The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cost: $25 Open Night | $20 Members | $35 Artist Talk
More info: barnesfoundation.org
Hey, all of you Philly-fashionistas and stylish guys - things are about to get haute!
Philly Fashion Week returns for another season of hot fashions from all around the world. We're talking about the world's top designers showcasing their latest collections, as Philly induldges on its passion for all things new and couture. So, pick out your best pumps, and put your best foot forward for this celebration of style, fashion and Philly!
You can get more information here.
Philly Fashion Week
February 21 - 23, 2013
Click here for times and location details.
Take a break from overly crowded malls and do some local shopping in Philadelphia this Black Friday. Some of our favorite boutiques are having some serious Black Friday sales. And, Philly is making it a little easier for you to get your jump start on holiday shopping.
Insider fact: The term “Black Friday” originated right here in Philly.
819 N. 2nd Street
Their annual “Black on Black” sale is back for Black Friday. They’ll be offering 30% off anything black and 15% off everything else. Hot cider (spiked or not) will be served all weekend.
750 S. 4th Street
Look for two happenings at Bus Stop on Black Friday. Running all day long, the “Black on Black Sale” offers customers 20% off all Autumn/Winter “black” styles. That evening, from 5:30-9:00 p.m., take part in the latter event, a collaborative holiday shopping party with Three Sirens Boutique. Receive free styling tips and learn different ways to mix and match the same holiday fashions from party to party without looking like a rerun. Enjoy “Little Black Dress” wine and nibbles while you shop and swap styling suggestions.
1050 N. Hancock Street (Piazza at Schmidt's)
Unique, one of a kind, limited edition pieces. Jewelry and clothing from independent labels and affordable prices. On Black Friday, EA Effect is offering up to 50% off of Amaresinh, Heartless Revival, Pearl in Crown, Independent Flavor and other local and independent designers. Shop locally, far from mainstream and close to cool.
219 Market Street
Enjoy a champagne shopping spree and storewide sale, as everything from sequin tops, adorable gifts, accessories, little black dresses to jackets and more will be discounted. There will also be a Special Sample Sale, a $20 rack of one-of-a-kind pieces. Plus, get a beautiful silver or gold rose ring with purchase of $50 or more.
153 N. 3rd Street
Enjoy a 40% discount on all Isabel Marant, Wednesday through Saturday! (The store is closed Thanksgiving Day.)
Manayunk White Friday
Canal View Park (Main & Cresson Streets)
Manayunk celebrates “White Friday” with the city’s first Christmas Tree lighting, caroling, Santa Claus and an outdoor bridal gown show by Nicole Miller.
For the first time in the 21-year history of SEPTA’s Santa Express, Philadelphia-area families can arrive at the Gallery at Market East on Black Friday, not just in style, but for free, thanks to Constellation Energy. On Santa Express trains, Santa’s helpers will spread goodwill by passing out goodie bags to children. The trains will be full of onboard fun, including magicians, face painters, costumed characters and, of course, Santa and the Mrs. Claus.
120 S. 17th Street
Take a shopping break on Black Friday with a special happy hour, noon - 7:00 p.m. including great cocktail, wine and beer specials.
121 S. 17th Street
From 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., you’re definitely going to need to take a load off from a day of hardcore shopping. Enjoy $7 signature cocktails, $5 wine(s) of the day and half-priced bar bites.
For more shopping spots and tips, check out uwishunu's post.
Attention fashion fanatics looking for the hottest summer looks! Philly 360 Fashion Insider Rakia was spotted giving a few ladies some fresh summer makeovers.
Watch all three segments to see the style transformations.