The 10 Most Important International Menswear Openings
- Caitlin Ganswindt
As enthusiasts of a well-tailored lifestyle, our quest for noteworthy handsomeness knows no bounds. We’ve trekked the farthest reaches; from Ibiza to London to Aoyama and back to bring you our next installment of the international store report. Think Savile Row tailoring, Japanese surf style and American heritage with some Hong Kong-ese topspin.
Presenting: the 10 most notable new storefronts overseas.
Filson, London The Seattle-based captains of canvas have set sail across the pond, opening their first shop outside the US. The London flagship highlights their outdoorsy excellence in what looks like an upgraded hunting lodge. Tree-trunk shelves framed by wood-burning furnaces are stocked with all manner of field bags, trail jackets and tartan blankets.
9 Newburgh St W1, London
Ralph Lauren Men, Hong Kong The masters of that just-dismounted-my-horse-after-winning-the-polo-classic look have cut the ribbon on their first men’s flagship store in Hong Kong. Better yet, they’ve brought all their tricks along for the ride: bespoke leather, made-to-measure suits and a mahogany cocktail bar to enjoy them at.
10 Charter Rd Central, Hong Kong
Freemans Sporting Club, Tokyo New York–based F.S.C. has brought their unwavering tribute to all things artisanal and American-made over to our compatriots in exceptional styling. The Tokyo shop has all the charm of the Lower East Side; the trilevel mecca is complete with a barbershop, tailor’s studio, sportswear storefront and basement restaurant/bar.
B1F-3F 5-46-4 Jinugumae Shibuya, Tokyo
Rake, London The young brand from fashion impresario Clive Darby opens its first-ever stand-alone shop, right in the heart of Browns Gardens. They’ve infused the same ’70s jetset inspiration behind the tightly tailored line into the shop itself. Cool tones, sharp lines and period furnishings pay dutiful homage to clean-cut blazers, crisp shirting and thoughtful accessories.
77 Duke St W1, London
Thom Browne, Aoyama This year’s CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year has packed up his short-suits, cashmere knits and signature red-white-and-blue trim, opening his first flagship outside the US in a metallic post-modern facade. Okayama-born master of interiors Masamichi Katayama outfitted the space with slate walls, mid-century wooden accents and rolling racks to showcase the goods.
5-3-20 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku, Tokyo
Carhartt WIP, Ibiza Making news in our previous installment, WIP opens yet another brick-and-mortar outpost. This time they’re offering their urban streetwear iterations of denim and duck canvas to the welcoming shores of the Mediterranean.
3 Avenida Bartolome Rosello 07800, Ibiza
Trunk LAB, London Local purveyors of hard-to-find menswear, Trunk Clothiers present their newest concept with LABS. It’s a smartly curated range of accessories from the likes of Comme des Garçons, Rimowa, Tender Co. and a slew of others. Minimal wood-and-metal displays showcase the thoughtfully sourced collection without any distraction.
Saturdays Surf NYC, Kobe With their second Japanese outpost, the boys of Saturdays are bringing their playful tees and trunks to the streets of Kobe. The shop is light and airy, making their relaxed surf lifestyle a palpable feature within its design.
78 Kyomachi Chuo-ke, Kobe
Maison Berluti, London The almost-200-year-old legacy of bespoke tailored perfection is experiencing yet another renaissance, in their first-ever UK outpost. They’ve got all the goods on offer, made-to-measure trappings and handcrafted accessories, as well as their new ready-to-wear line. All of it housed in and around geometric flooring, leather club chairs and overall gentlemanly goodness.
43 Conduit St W1, London
Opening Ceremony, Omotesando Opening Ceremony has picked up their original Shibuya flagship and moved to a four-floor glass cube of a funhouse in Omotesando. Each is themed; on them you’ll find exclusive threads from a slew of menswear powerhouses (Mark McNairy, Band of Outsiders, Rodarte and the like) housed in ostrich-shaped glass cases, neon zebra-printed shelves and twisted metal displays.
6-7-1-B Jingumae Shibuya-ku, Tokyo