You don't need a closetful of new clothes each season to look the part of a modern gentleman. Having a truly exceptional wardrobe is a matter of investment. Don't buy a lot, but buy a few really good things, and then occasionally add one great piece: one sharp peacoat, a pair of Italian leather shoes, perfectly-tailored pants. Buy good things, keep them, and over time you will create a wardrobe full of beautiful stuff.
To find those specialty pieces, you have to know where to find them. We teamed up with Lisa Dolan and Natalie Galas of Savile Row Society, a men's shopping platform that connects professionals with stylists, to help us curate a list of the best menswear stores across the country. "The shop keepers are usually the owners, the selection is smaller yet more refined, the pieces are more unique, the quality is honest, and the drinks are usually cold. We always say, the secret to excellent style is to be unique, and these stores have got you covered." Here are the 12 best places and pieces that will elevate your attire.
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Where: Austin's SoCo District
Style: Upscale Rugged
Brands: Red Wing; Jack Spade; Garrett Leight; Baldwin Denim
Invest In: Austin-inspired vintage
With three locations in Texas, Stag spreads the alternative Austin look across the state. To keep things not only weird, but fun, they play old-school music on the PA system, along with local contemporary acts such as the city's own Black Angels — and always have beer on hand. "These guys don't take fashion too seriously but they know how to put you in trend-savvy threads that will make you feel comfortable and sharp, or as they call it 'like a modern gentleman,'" Dolan says. Stag carries excellent modern and classic pieces, new and vintage, and they always keep one of a kind bags and belts on hand to round out the finer details of your wardrobe.