A new weekly feature, starring stylish intel from our brothers-in-arms at UrbanDaddy. This week: a new custom shoe shop in NYC, a new menswear emporium/life skills school in Dallas, plus something called “voyeur showers” in Miami. Let’s get going, shall we...»
Since we last checked in, a whole new batch of men’s shops have opened up across the world—from Paris to Shanghai—and we’ve gone ahead and rounded them up for our latest update to your already dapper international rolodex of men’s shops.
Today we bring you a treasure trove of leather, shirting and sundries (gracious wink and finger-gun-trigger-pull to our friends over at UrbanDaddy National).
Yes, the gents from Boston’s Ball and Buck have launched a new website and online shop, stocked with exclusive collaborations from the likes of Rancourt & Co., Tellason and Allen Edmonds, along with their own house label.
It’s basically what would happen if a fox hunter teamed up with a tannery run by a barber with an affinity for well-tailored menswear. It’s all glorious, and it’s all made in the USA.
And unlike most shop-in-shop situations, you don’t actually have to make it to SF’s Mission District to get your hands on this stuff. Because it’s all online for the taking. Makr’s got their signature leather-y and canvas-y handsomeness on display, but the real standouts are the items they’ve coated in a powder green that’s unique to the capsule collection.
The brick-and-mortar—not to mention, a lot of handsome hardwood—shop is a veritable menswear bazaar of grail pieces you thought only existed on achingly beautiful Tumblr pages or in some secret back alley in Naples. (Not to fear, there’s an e-commerce arm in the works.) It’s the brainchild of Brian Trunzo (of Nice Try, Bro menswear Internet fame) and fellow former attorney Matt Breen, who’ve been cultivating their shared passion for menswear since their days as law school roommates. And the Internet buzz did not disappoint: there’s custom Southwick and Alfonso Felipe suiting, all the Bastian/Ovadia/Italian silk one closet could handle, vintage watches, luggage, the list goes on. It all makes for one well-heeled feast for the eyes, so without further ado:
So naturally, we were pleased to learn of a Dallas-based shop combining the two, by the name of Pebble + Pine. It’s one of those ideas that feels novel, but at the same time surprising that it hadn’t been thought of before (the brick-and-mortar shop has been peddling American-made golf paraphernalia to Dallas locals for a few weeks now, but they’ve just launched e-commerce this week).
The more nautical-leaning Americana-philes have been mining the aesthetic of Maine’s craggy coastline for years, so it’s nice to see a shop actually located in Portland, ME, get in on the action. And now they’ve made their way online.
Our friends over at UrbanDaddy tipped us off to the online launch of Seawall—they opened up shop on Wharf Street this past spring and have gotten to work designing a line of made-in-Maine shirting and teaming up with some local brands like Black Point Mercantile, who handmake tough-as-nails totes in Scarborough, ME. They’ve also got some uniquely Maine products like hand-carved trinkets and blueberry medicinal syrup—which may or may not cause hallucinations of being out to sea on a lobster trawler.
It’s a hard truth of shopping: no matter how many mirrors you use or how much you twist, it’s hard to get an accurate appraisal of your own backside in a fitting room. And since that’s basically what we want from a pair of jeans, it’s a pretty big problem.
Fortunately, we’ve got technology on our side.
LA’s American Rag just unveiled an earth-shaking breakthrough in fitting room technology at their World Denim Bar. It’s called the asscam—a closed-circuit (closed!) camera providing you with a live feed of your own posterior. It’s currently up in two of their fitting rooms. It’s just one shop in the country, of course, but we can’t help thinking this is an idea with legs.
Of course, there may be some things you’d rather not see.
An advance warning: This past June’s Pop-Up Flea is getting ready for a repeat performance from ACL's Michael Williams and our very own Randy Goldberg. We’ll pass along more info on who will be peddling their wares soon, but expect some new names and fun offerings. In the meantime, we’d save the date. And, of course, prep yourself.
We've long been fans of Billy Reid's finely tailored Southern menswear, so naturally we leapt at the chance to visit the designer's new store and headquarters in Florence, Alabama. (He was relocating from Dallas.) As you might expect, the shop—just down the street from both a charming diner called Trowbridge's and a more mysterious outfit called Guns-N-Such—boasts a cozy, relaxed atmosphere with plenty of exposed brick, finely detailed wood shelving, and, of course, a well stocked selection of shirts, trousers, shoes, and suiting. They were working on the shop right up until the opening—happily, you'd never know.