The Best Places to Shop for Menswear in Philadelphia
Your go-to guide for the city’s top menswear shops...
Style-wise, most major cities are melting pots — and Philadelphia is no different. The city offers a variety of top-notch menswear shops with attire for every personality and occasion.
At one end of the spectrum are long-established — even historic — men’s clothiers like Boyds in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. At the other resides youthful, independent, urban shops like Totem, which skews closer to vintage street-style and the distinctive feel that’s attained from a local, independent brand.
The in-between brings a mix of menswear middle-ground looks that are sporty yet sophisticated and tailored yet edgy.
Whether visitors or locals are looking to get dapper in Rittenhouse or hit South Street for a grittier, retro-style-inspired look, Philadelphia’s got them covered.
Read on for our list of the city’s top menswear shops.
Since 1938, the polished tiers of this Rittenhouse family business have boasted an accomplished team of salespeople and tailors known for their take-charge and can-do philosophy. Originally exclusive to menswear, today, Boyds offers an equally polished women’s department. The power suits, shoes and refined sportswear from vaunted labels such as Trussini, Brioni, Tom Ford, Canali, Etro and Paul Smith still remain. Among Boyds’ upper-crust services: free valet parking, top-notch custom alterations and more.
Where: Boyds, 1818 Chestnut Street
This well-outfitted vintage shop sells the finest in men’s fashion dating from the 1980s 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. Shoppers can keep track of new finds via the store’s Instagram feed , or stop into its showroom in Northeast Philadelphia, open Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. or by appointment.
Jeans guru Sebastian McCall may be best known for fitting women, but he doesn’t shy away from making men look good in denim. 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.
This Walnut Street sneaker consignment shop lines its shelves with must-have retro kicks, including Air Jordans, ’90s-era Vans, Adidas and even some Yeezys when they’re not completely sold out. More than just a sneaker shop, Common Ground also stocks hats, beanies, T-shirts and other accessories from popular skateboarding clothing brand Supreme.
Attorney Craig Arthur von Schroeder was disappointed by 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 Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles satellites), the tattooed von Schroeder and team measure clients for affordable bespoke-yet-modern suiting and topcoats made from lightweight summer wools, robust Harris tweeds, Loro Piana milled cashmere and Swiss tech fabric. Commonwealth Proper also offers a variety of fabric choices for custom dress shirts and a retail line of ready-to-wear ties, lapel pins, pocket squares, brass collar stays and an all-seasons, made-in-Philly blazer.
Gents with creative, individual flair find plenty to love at this unique menswear boutique in Germantown , which fills its racks with gorgeous rare vintage and designer apparel. Eagle-eyed shop owner Erik Honesty frequents trunk shows and estate sales for his opulent finds, which have included treasures like 1960s and ’70s Hermès capes, scarves and sweaters, vibrantly patterned overcoats and smoking jackets, and a colorful collection of Gucci horsebit loafers.
A longtime passion for men’s fashion and, in particular, suits propelled always dapper Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins and business partner Jay Amin to open this bespoke clothing shop near Washington Square . An onsite stylist is always on hand to create perfectly fitted, custom suits and tuxes, or help guests choose from a selection of ready-to-wear threads from the GQ spread-worthy Damari Savile collection.
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. Distante 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: Distante, 1510 Sansom Street
Classic, USA-made workwear provides the inspiration behind the merchandise at this hip shop in Fishtown that stocks its shelves with timeless, ultra-durable denim, outerwear and footwear for the woodsy-leaning modern man. Guys can find perfectly worn-in jeans and trousers from tried-and-true brands like Iron Heart, Railcar Fine Goods and Freenote Cloth. Bomber jackets by Falcon Garments, thick utility flannels from 3sixteen and sturdy footwear from Red Wing Heritage provide perfect armor for chilly Philly winters, while a hefty selection of T-shirts provide that perfect, no-nonsense style for summer.
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 wallets, cufflinks, magnetic collar stays, pocket squares and pocket rounds.
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.
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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 John Elliott and Nudie, and exclusive collections from Mitchell & Ness.
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 its 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.
Metro Men’s is a menswear anchor of South Philly’s trendy East Passyunk neighborhood. Owner Tom Longo stocks the shop with brightly striped business socks, soft-washed Phillies and Eagles T-shirts, bright bathing trunks, and knitted neon beer cozies.
Serious street cred is only a credit card swipe away at Milan Harris’s Spring Garden boutique that counts Cardi B., Black Chyna and Meek Mill among its devotees. A luxury-meets-streetwear aesthetic informs Harris’s logo-adorned original designs, which for men include comfy form-fitted tees and hoodies, colorful tracksuits and a particularly luxe selection of satin short sets.
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 & 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.
The guys behind the former 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: Ps & Qs, 820 South Street
Second-generation owner Ken Sherman breathes fresh life into his family’s shoe business , which has been supplying fine footwear to Philly gents since 1953. High-quality dress shoes by brands like Santorini and Aldén are still in ample supply, alongside a selection of more-casual, street-ready kicks by Clarks, Timberland and Sperry.
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 arty edge. In short: S U G A R C U B E® is the perfect place for a guy to dress himself without the slightest risk of missing the mark.
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.
To say that UBIQ stocks new and vintage sneaks, along with endless T-shirts and hoodies, is to vastly undersell this streetwear merchant. The store’s rambling old brownstone also sells old-fashioned watches, trousers and shirts that are displayed like wearable, collectible, limited-edition, often vintage-inspired works of art. Among them: the store’s own line of apparel and kicks.
Where: UBIQ, 1509 Walnut Street
The environmentally conscious can put together a complete eco-friendly wardrobe — with home goods and camping gear to match! — at this Philly-based purveyor of responsibly sourced outdoor goods. Soft T-shirts, sturdy backpacks and long-lasting sweaters and flannels are made with sustainable materials like recycled polyester and organic cotton. Plus, for every product sold, United By Blue vows to remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways—including ones right here in Philadelphia.