Bought any clothes in the last few weeks? It can be challenging buying clothes when the shops are closed and nobody can personally advise you on style, size and availability. As things open up again we are hit with plenty options of where to spend our money.
I love a good menswear store, but I also get my style kicks online and am fairly well versed in the art of online expenditure. At the moment the question I ask myself is who out there in the menswear world is really worthy of some support right now.
How about the smaller operator? The menswear brand we may respect and admire, but maybe have not yet bought from? Now is the time to make a move and lend a bit of support. I know times are tough for everybody, but if we put any value in having independent menswear stores or smaller innovative brands, know is the time to pony up and show some support. The independent menswear store needs you!
Here are a few menswear destinations that I admire and have recently bought from. This forty something man strongly suggests you check them out.
Easy-going permanently stylish menswear that will cover most eventualities for the modern man. Nothing too flashy, but well made clothing that looks good in every setting and will last.
Based in Stockholm, ASKET are always reliable for some minimal, stylish gear. Clothing like this make it so easy and pleasurable getting dressed every day. ASKET is online only, so perfect for ordering while taking a welcome break from the home schooling challenges.
Formerly known as Kestin Hare, they are based in Edinburgh, but have a worldwide following from Japan to London. Kestin give a pared down, modern take on tailoring and style for men. Their garments are thoughtfully designed and are just that bit different without being outlandish. Their attention to detail in the manufacturing process is obvious when you get your hands on their produce. Any clothing from Kestin is a really worthwhile investment. Being a proud Scotsman myself, it gives me great pleasure to throw on some Scottish designed menswear for work or weekend wanderings.
The range is really well priced for what you get and how long it will last you. You will also find a list of stockists on their website where you will find some great independent menswear stores to visit when the lockdown is done and dusted.
Indigo & Cloth
Definitely one of my favourite stores just now. It is probably a good thing it is over 200km away in Dublin, as I would be in there way too often for my own financial well-being. Their range of threads is very nicely curated, plus their coffee is top notch. Indigo & Cloth stock brands such as Germany’s A Kind Of Guise, London’s Oliver Spencer, Universal Works and Simpli (small newly launched Irish label-See top of screen for their sweatshirt).
A visit to the store is of course preferable on any trip to Dublin, but their website is pretty good too. You can pick up some great magazines such as Monocle and Cereal as well as some worthy coffee beans to enjoy the great articles with.
The Revive Club
I came across The Revive Club on Instagram a couple of years back and I’ve been on their website almost every week since! They stock a range that you will not find in most other stores and the owner, Jonathan, does a really great job of sourcing quality menswear from anywhere that produces it.
They stock Taylor Stitch from the USA which you will struggle to find anywhere else in Europe and are definitely worth checking out. I love that feeling of exclusivity that sometimes accompanies a piece of clothing such as a Taylor Stitch shirt, as you know the guy next to you on the train or in the park is not going to be wearing it, but may well be checking it out.
Other noteworthy mentions on The Revive Club roll call include La Paz (Portugal), Delikatessen (Dutch/French), Benzak (Dutch denim), Kestin (see above) and Freenote Cloth (Rugged Americana). Jonathan also runs a discount scheme where you get money off clothing for reviews, repeat custom and your birthday! The packaging and overall customer service is also pretty special.
So, as things start to open up across the world again, please try and support the independent menswear store if you can.
Thanks for reading,