Photography by Roosevelt & Co.
One of a guy’s key challenges in building a stylish, versatile wardrobe is having access to even just a few shops that meet his menswear needs. But he’s got to identify those needs—and which places cater perfectly to them—in the first place. We asked our editors around the country to recommend their top picks for local menswear stores. Whether you’re looking to go on-trend or timeless, a single accessory or full bespoke overhaul, these independently owned boutiques are always a man’s best friend.
SHOP: Julian’s Chapel Hill
LOCATION: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
WHAT THEY STOCK: This is the family store of renowned menswear designer, Alexander Julian, which carries custom clothes for men and women, as well as well-made everyday clothing.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “You can’t beat the southern hospitality and the knowledge of all things sartorial for men—for literally generations,” says Hopie Avery, editor of The Scout Guide Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill, of this elegantly curated shop’s owner and proprietor. “The founders’ grandkids grew up in the shop and are now running the day to day. They have something for everyone, from custom suits crafted on Savile Row to sportcoats, fun socks, ties, beautifully detailed shirts, and modern denim.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Purple Plaid Fall Sportcoat, shown above.
SHOP: Walker Brothers
LOCATION: Fayetteville and Rogers, Arkansas
WHAT THEY STOCK: Specialty store carrying everything from custom suiting to luggage.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Walker Brothers has been a family tradition in Northwest Arkansas since opening its original location in 1903. Generations of Arkansans have trusted Walker Brothers for all their menswear needs whether it be for a wedding or special occasion, Razorback red for game day, or made-to-measure suiting,” says Rebekah Lawrence, editor of The Scout Guide Northwest Arkansas.
MUST-HAVE PIECE: White Royal Oxford Shirt, shown above.
SHOP: Roosevelt and Co. Gentleman’s Supply Store
LOCATION: Huntsville, Alabama
WHAT THEY CARRY: They carry everything every man needs, from made-to-measure suits to denim, shoes, accessories, and more.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “The only thing better than the quality of products at Roosevelt and Co. is the team of knowledgeable, friendly, and professional menswear experts,” says Dawn Pumpelly, editor of The Scout Guide Huntsville. “They have single-handedly transitioned my husband from the blah “Southern uniform” to stylish, handsome, and fashionable. He can travel from Alabama to New York City, California or even Argentina and be admired for his attire.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Reversible Pocket Round, shown above.
SHOP: Trevor Furbay Bespoke Tailors
LOCATION: Cincinnati, Ohio
WHAT THEY STOCK: Trevor Furbay carries specialized, innovative menswear to meet the needs of all types of gentlemen, including an extremely wide variety of apparel options, from custom tailored suits to the best in athleisure wear.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Not only does this store have something for every type of man at many different price points, but the personal service and friendliness of Trevor and the staff make the experience truly personal,” shares McKenna Brooks, editor of The Scout Guide Cincinnati.
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Timex x Todd Snyder Timepieces, shown above.
SHOP: John Craig Clothier
LOCATION: Naples, Florida
WHAT THEY STOCK: John Craig Clothier features a selection of high-end men’s clothing, accessories and footwear with exceptional, personalized service to match. They offer a range of options, from contemporary to classic to custom-made.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “John Craig is the kind of store where men come for the clothes and come back for the experience, where they feel at home as they shop with associates who’ve become trusted friends,” explains Jennifer Adams, editor of The Scout Guide Naples. “Their stores feature wardrobe staples men know and love, with a fresh new take on styles season after season.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Chisholm Bow Tie, shown above.
SHOP: James Davis
LOCATION: Memphis, Tennessee
WHAT THEY STOCK: James Davis specializes in men’s fashion for all occasions. They carry custom suits, custom Stantt shirts, Peter Milar, Johnnie O, Stenstroms, Tumi, Shinola watches, and more.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “James Davis is the only men’s store I shop at for my husband,” says Stephanie Stephens, editor of The Scout Guide Memphis & Oxford. “The staff are friendly and Rob has the best fashion sense, making my husband look snazzy for all occasions. Every time I walk through the doors, I know I will receive exceptional service and find just what I’m looking for.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Barbour Jacket, shown above.
SHOP: East Bay Clothiers
LOCATION: Fairhope, Alabama
WHAT THEY STOCK: This is the stop for the latest styles from top designers, including casual and formal looks, plus accessories and grooming essentials.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Genie McCown is such a treasure, and our area is so lucky to have her and her amazing taste,” shares Jamie Conger, co-editor editor of The Scout Guide Mobile Bay. “She makes everyone feel like family and is incredibly talented at styling men in the finest threads. From casual wear to formal, Genie is always ahead of the trends and knows how to transform a man’s wardrobe into something special.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Rugged Weight Duffel, shown above.
SHOP: Carriages Fine Clothier
LOCATION: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
WHAT THEY CARRY: Providing the finest in men’s apparel, Carriages offers everything from swimwear to formalwear, gifts, accessories, and more.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “From custom clothing to everyday sportswear, Carriages is a fantastic men’s clothing store that has you covered for every occasion,” shares Kaleigh Porcelli, editor of The Scout Guide Baton Rouge. With over 30 years in business, you can always expect to receive top notch customer service, as well as complimentary, in-house alterations, and gift wrap.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Peter Millar Quilted Essex Traveler Vest, shown above.
SHOP: Quattro Tizi
LOCATION: Charlottesville, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: Quattro Tizi is an upscale urban contemporary men’s and women’s clothing and lifestyle store with everything today’s man needs to be on-trend.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Quattro Tizi is my go to for contemporary clothing for men,” says Susie Matheson, co-editor of The Scout Guide Charlottesville. “They’ve curated pieces that are fashion forward without being too trendy, so you are able to wear it for years to come.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Vince Birdseye Crew, shown above.
SHOP: Beecroft and Bull
LOCATIONS: Charlottesville, Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia
WHAT THEY STOCK: Great for the preppier man, Beecroft and Bull specializes in the “Ivy League” style synonymous with the northeast.
WHAT OUR EDITOR SAYS: “Beecroft and Bull has been bringing the finest men’s clothing and accessories to Virginia since the 50s,” says Mary Kaufman, editor of The Scout Guide Tidewater–Virginia Beach & Norfolk. “They are a tried and true staple of our community and coveted by locals and tourists alike.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Super Soft Corduroy Pant, shown above.
SHOP: Sal Lauretta for Men
LOCATION: Midland Park, New Jersey
WHAT THEY STOCK: This family-owned shop specializes in superior European tailoring and luxury menswear with personalized, custom service in a family atmosphere.
WHAT OUR EDITORS SAY: “Sal Lauretta’s is the go-to shop for Bergen County’s most fashionable men,” says Chris Doherty and Eileen Sweeney, co-editors of The Scout Guide Bergen County. “They regularly outfit celebrities and professional athletes for their most important appearances—from weddings to award ceremonies.”
MUST-HAVE PIECE: Good Man Brand Sneaker, shown above.