In our grand tradition of keeping you up to date on the international men’s shop scene, we’ve scoured the globe for the newest openings in your regular haunts—you know, Milan, London, Hong Kong, the usual. Because you never know when you’re going to need a new pair of striped socks while in Amsterdam.
The MLB World Series kicks off tonight in Kansas City, pitting their Royals against San Francisco’s Giants. And while SF has been gaining serious menswear street cred over the past few years, Kansas City has been no slouch either—home to blogger favorite Baldwin Denim, among others.
Because Read Wall, the Americana-bent menswear label from Washington, DC, has just opened a showroom in the Flatiron District, replete with overstuffed leather couches, bourbon and a fellow named Paul who knows his way around an old-fashioned measuring tape.
Tonight: Williamsburg does its best Okinawa, as Hickoree’s becomes Hickoree’s Japan.
The three-week pop-up shop is taking over Floor Two with an entirely Japanese-crafted collection, as 20-plus makers deliver exclusive collaborations amidst a slew of inventory debuting stateside for the first time ever.
It’s an inviting blond-wood-hewn showroom that allows you to actually try on the clothes you'd normally only get to see online. The caveat: you’re only trying them on. There’s no stockroom in back, so you can’t walk out of the store with your new lightweight chinos—your guide will order them online, the same way you would have at home, except without the guesswork. Whether or not this is the future of online shopping is yet to be seen, but color us intrigued. Of course, if you’re not in one of the cities with a Guideshop, you’ll still have to do it the old-fashioned way: on the Internet.