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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Carson Street Clothiers: New York
Where: New York's Soho
Style: Upscale Comfort
Brands: Carson Street, Eidos, Orlebar Brown, Blind Barber
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Carson Street Clothiers consistently offers a selection that is a goldilocks of menswear — not too stuffy, not too trendy. "They are considered a leader in menswear curation and taste-making by simply blending classic tailoring with more progressive, contemporary sportswear," Dolan says. "Regardless of your lifestyle, every man should feel comfortable taking it up a notch by wearing a sport jacket to a patio. The gentlemen at Carson Street Clothiers will show you how." Those gentleman, the two founders who also happen to be ex-attorneys and former law-school roommates, understand that a little bit of everything and some custom-fit tailoring is the perfect formula for timeless sophistication.