Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots — and Philadelphia is no different. The city offers a wardrobe full of top-notch menswear shops with attire for every personality and occasion.
At the one end of the spectrum are long-established — even historic — men’s clothiers like Boyd’s in the Rittenhouse Square. At the other resides youthful, independent, urban shops like Sugarcube and Totem, which all skew closer to vintage street-style and the distinctive feel that’s attained from a local, independent brand.
The in-between brings a menswear middle-ground mix of looks that are sporty yet sophisticated and tailored yet tattooed.
Whether visitors or locals are looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse or to hit South Street in a grittier, retro-style-inspired look, Philadelphia’s got them covered. Read on for our list of the city’s top menswear shops.
For more than 75 years, the polished tiers of this Rittenhouse family business catered only to men, with a battalion of salesmen and dozens of tailors known for their take-charge, can-do philosophy. Today, Boyd’s offers an equally polished women’s department, but men still avail themselves of power suits, shoes and refined sportswear from vaunted labels such as Trussini, Brioni, Giorgio Armani, Canali, Etro, Hickey Freeman and Paul Smith. Among Boyds’ upper-crust services: free valet parking, top-notch custom alterations and more.
Where: 1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Custom is the name of the game at this elegant, hidden showroom known for its classic lines, perfect fits and flawless formal wear. Owner and image consultant Brian Lipstein offers five levels of suits, sport coats, tuxes and topcoats ranging from first-time investments to hand-sewn works of wearable art. Each Henry A. Davidsen creation requires multiple measurements and weeks of lead time and, if the wearer so chooses, can be accompanied by custom shirting, silk ties, overcoats, denim and extras such as Bulova and Tissot watches, braces (suspenders), cuff links, magnetic collar stays, pocket squares and pocket rounds.
Where: 1701 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder was disappointed at the local dearth of modern-yet-retro, stylishly form-fitting business suits, so he took matters into his own hands in the spring of 2008. Today at his studio in Rittenhouse (with an Atlanta satellite), the tattooed von Schroeder and team measure clients for affordable-yet-investment-worthy, bespoke-yet-modern suiting and topcoats made from lightweight summer wools, robust Harris tweeds, Loro Piana milled cashmere, Swiss tech fabric and limited-edition finds. Commonwealth Proper also offers a variety of fabric choices for custom dress shirts and a retail line of ready-to-wear ties, pocket squares, brass collar stays and a rough-and-tumble, all-seasons, made-in-Philly blazer.
Where: 1839 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
This Center City beauty is a showpiece gallery shop for sneakerheads and city gents offering Philly-made jeans, leather jackets, hand-destructed T-shirts, limited-edition sneakers — and serious style cred. Look out for chic labels like A.P.C., high-end denim from Naked & Famous and Nudie, and exclusive collections from Mitchell & Ness.
Where: 1106 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Distinctive custom shirting — with tall, strong collars and French cuffs — is the hallmark of Charlie Morrotta’s men’s shop, a Philadelphia staple since 1983. Morrotta has each shirt made in one of two small factories in either Naples, Italy and or the U.S. Distanté also features suiting and sport coats and ready-to-wear shirts and accessories. In-house tailors gladly and expertly perform alterations and adjustments on pieces purchased elsewhere and have become known for their quick turnaround — not to mention their ability to reproduce favorite pieces, seam for seam and button for button.
Where: 1510 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Locally exclusive shoe lines are the key feature at ToBox. But the owner, a veteran of the shoe departments at Nordstrom’s and Boyds, also offers clients leather bags and belts, Italian socks, handmade pocket squares and lapel pins, leather repair and shoe shines. As a bonus, the shop’s vintage furnishings are for sale, too.
Where: 1822 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Brought to Philly by the (local) distillers of Root, Snap and other vintage-inspired spirits, this rustic boutique is all about giving props to creators of things and revivers of lost inventions, which makes for a lush, insightful and totally hip shopping experience. Founding Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction owner Steve Grasse stocked the space with locally made art and furnishings, plus heartily constructed, casually on-point clothing for men and women. Clothing includes pieces from new and been-around-forever menswear labels plus original artist-printed T-shirts.
Where: 116 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Like Don Draper’s closet (if Don Draper’s dapper period had lasted for a couple of centuries), this well-outfitted vintage shop sells the finest in men’s fashion dating from the 1960s back to the 1800s. At Briar Vintage, find items like hand-knit varsity sweaters, classic bowler hats, mint-condition Oxford shoes, impeccable bow ties and traditional suiting attire.
Where: 618 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Jeans guru Sebastian McCall may be best known for fitting women, but he doesn’t shy away from getting men looking good in denim either. Swing by the Charlie’s Jeans boutique, located in Philadelphia’s Historic District, for tops, dresses and McCall’s own eponymous line of perfectly sized dungarees.
Where: 233 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
This marvelously designed repository of modern-yet-timeless men’s and women’s fashion in the Historic District is known for introducing about-to-hit designers, which typically provide an all-American vibe with a subtle artsy edge. In short: Sugarcube is the perfect place for a guy to dress himself without the slightest risk of missing the mark.
Where: 124 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Mother and daughter Sandy and Jenny Martin know guys. They know what they like to wear — laid-back but still-styled plaid Penguin shirts, grown-up skater looks from Obey, urban-prep separates by Ben Sherman and standout vintage pieces — and they know what they like to spend on their clothes — not a lot. Although the greater portion of their Historic District shop belongs to well-priced, on-trend women’s styles, the can’t-miss men’s section at Lost + Found is for those who want to look good without looking like they’re trying too hard.
Where: 133 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Metro Men’s is a menswear anchor of South Philly’s trendy East Passyunk neighborhood. Owner Tom Longo stocks everything from brightly striped business socks and soft-washed Phillies T-shirts to bright bathing trunks and knitted neon beer cozies.
Where: 1600 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Founded more than a century ago as a sporting goods store, this indie operation turned into an international powerhouse after its former owner convinced the estates of Babe Ruth and his contemporaries to allow reproduction and sale of their uniform jerseys. Soon MTV, followed by Puff Daddy, caught on and Mitchell and Ness’ pro baseball, basketball, football and ice hockey shirts were showing up in pop videos and hip-hop lyrics. Today, having a jersey, snapback cap or warm-up jacket reissued here is a sign of athletic dominance. In 2007, the company became a very cool subsidiary of Adidas. With stores all over the world, the flagship store still calls Philly home.
Where: 1201 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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The guys behind Abakus Takeout invite indie designers and heritage brands to take over the racks and shelves of this playful modern shop for the urban outdoorsman, an exclusive brick-and-mortar stockist of lines including those by Carhartt and more. Ps & Qs owners Ky and Rick Cao (they’re brothers) and Joseph Lardizabal also sell accessories, along with small-maker soaps, candles and hair and skincare — all in manly scents, of course.
Where: 820 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
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Classic, rustic, American. That’s Totem Brand in a few words. The store carries men’s clothing, plus GoPros, candles, soaps and incense that appeal to the outdoorsman in everyone. The USA-made or -manufactured promise means people feel good about their purchases.
Where: 535 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
To say that Ubiq stocks new and vintage sneaks, along with endless T-shirts and hoodies, is to vastly undersell this streetwear merchant. Ubiq’s rambling old brownstone also displays old-fashioned watches, trousers and shirts that are displayed like wearable, collectable, limited-edition, often-vintage-inspired works of art. Among them: the store’s own line of apparel and kicks.
Where: 1509 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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The most recognizable member of this list is homegrown in Philly. Born of a few post-grads’ venture into retail, Urban Outfitters has grown into an iconic American mega-retailer. Its stock-in-trade: affordable streetwear-like skinny jeans, flannel shirts and T-shirts with messages that are meant to shock. (Plus, great gag gifts.) The retailer has multiple locations in Philly and the surrounding suburbs.
Where: Multiple locations including, 1627 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Indochino, global pioneer in custom menswear, opened its Philadelphia showroom with a bold new design concept and the company’s first Groom’s Lounge. Focusing on made-to-measure customization for men, the showroom merges traditional tailoring with high tech touch points for a salon-style shopping experience. Shoppers can also find a second Philadelphia-area Indochino showroom at the King of Prussia Mall.
Where: Multiple locations including, 1606 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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