Where are the Best Stores For Men in San Diego? My hometown :) . Well here they are..
Patagonia might spark images of bearded men trekking up Everest, outfitted with high-tech gloves and woolly hats that stave off, well, death. But the adventure brand is charting new waters with this surf-specific shop recently opened in Southern California. The brand’s surf line is less skater and more streamlined, but above all good for the environment: Board shorts are made from recycled soda bottles, while cargo shorts and button-downs meant for land are cut from organic cotton. Wet suits and surfboards are also here for hard-core surfers. Fleece hoodies in cool colors are on hand for the rest of us.
How about in San Francisco?
In the town where Levi’s was born, Howard Gee and Christopher Louie pride themselves on offering lesser-known denim labels at their two stores, both on the never-ending Grant Avenue. Jeans from Rag & Bone, Ra-Re, and Notify can be found at both stores, but the similarities stop there. The more artsy North Beach outpost, with its purple walls, rocks a cleaned-up Beat aesthetic. Wood planks display piles of denim, disheveled cords from Trovata, and Tartan ties by Band of Outsiders. The spiffed-up downtown location dresses the office guys in more buttoned-up attire from Paul Smith, Etro, and Oliver Spencer.
You can’t get much more classic than this New England brand, which since 1884 has produced its own line of handcrafted oxfords and slip-ons that are both smart looking and eminently comfortable. The family-run operation, focusing on tradition over trend, rarely deviates from its line of around fifty archetypal styles—meaning you can return year after year knowing you’ll find the exact ones you want. Try a pair made from cordovan leather, which will not only last forever but will actually look better with age.
Levi Strauss Flagship Store : 300 Post Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-501-0100
With four stories and 24,000 square feet of denim, San Francisco’s Levi Flagship Store offers the largest selection of Levi’s available anywhere in the world. If you’re more of a classic kind of guy, check out the limited-edition vintage Levi’s: exact replicas of old issues that retail for as much as $501 (get it? 501?). You’ll also find the new handcrafted Capital E line, high-end Levi’s REDs, and of course plenty of straight-leg 501s.
Coated wall to wall in laminated Plexiglass, the Archive isn’t necessarily what you would call homey. But what it lacks in warmth it makes up for in originality and on-point service. Owners David Becker, Michael Kelter, and Arthur Louie cull the brightest from a few key designers, including Neil Barrett, Nice Collective, and Costume National. And because the trio is big on Japanese design, there are a couple of names you won’t recognize—like Icho, a Tokyo-based brand known for its tailored blazers. C.P. Company, Black Ring, and Cloak contribute to the shop’s right-this-moment reputation.
MAC (Modern Appealing Clothing) : 387 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA; 415-863-3011
This Hayes Valley clothing shop has a sort of “Savile-Row-meets-CBGB’s feel to it,” says owner Ben Ospital. A Dries Van Noten wool overcoat is likely to be displayed next to a pair of Lanvin trainers. Oversized Brancusi-inspired sculptures made out of cardboard look incredible under never-ending ceilings and vintage gallery lighting. But it’s not as highbrow as it sounds. As Ospital explains, “Here, it’s either about getting very dressed up or really just being a dude.” And if you’re looking for her, the store stocks art books and French perfume by Miller et Bertaux. Trust us, she’ll like it.
Open since 1966, this San Francisco institution is rich in old-school courtesy. “It’s all based around customer service,” says creative director Hilda Chen. “We have customers that have been coming to Wilkes for forty years.” While you’re trying on suits by Brioni, Kiton, Oxxford Clothes, and Ermenegildo Zegna, a tailor (who actually knows what he’s doing) will stay on hand to tweak the fit. And if you can’t make it to the store, a stylist will come to your home free of charge, bearing upscale threads specially tailored to your tastes.
With over 30,000 titles in stock and up to 20,000 stacked on tables and shelves at any given time, this design-specific bookstore can seem overwhelming at first. Which makes sense, seeing how owner William Stout, a former architect, founded it as a resource for his colleagues. “I’ve always thought architects should have libraries as a source of inspiration,” he says. These days, the knowledgeable staff welcomes amateurs, too, and it’s not uncommon to see readers ensconced for hours, making their way through tomes like Le Corbusier’s The City of Tomorrow.