The 12 Best Menswear Streets In New York City

New York City is undoubtedly the greatest city on earth (don't even bother taking to the comments section to dispute this), but it's fucking HUGE and its sheer volume can be inundating to an uniformed newcomer. Daunting at times, the beauty of this city is that there is not just something for everyone, but EVERYTHING for everyone. Into Yoga? There's a studio every other block. Are you a vegan? New York been had self-hating gourmet. In particular, New York has the best of the best for #menswear nerds, from clothes made just across the East River to the rarest of high-top sneakers and everything in between.

But as you know, #menswear doesn't stop with just clothes. This shit is a lifestyle, which is fantastic because New York is a black hole of menswear culture—we've got the restaurants and bike shops and bars and whatever-the-fucks to match. It's a blessing and a curse, really, and explains why once #menswear guys move here they basically never leave.

With that in mind, it's important to know where exactly the best #menswear culture can be found, especially if you aren't from here and need a strategy for conquering the skreets. Luckily we have your best interests at heart here at Four Pins and have filtered all that data into the above list of the most important streets The Big Apple has to offer if you're of the #menswear persuasion. Lists that tell you where the best spots in the city exist, sure, but a basic bitch list of places dispersed all over Manhattan and Brooklyn can more intimidating than they are useful. But on the real, I ain't even wanna talk about this list. I just wanted to say I gave Schlossman his first TV.

Jake Woolf is a writer living in New York City. You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here.

  • Tjay

    To a #menswear kid living in Kentucky this sounds like a concrete version of Heaven.

  • Michael

    in my city you can find everything you need on main street, and a ranchero omelet is only $6

  • catzuella

    la esquina, yummy.

  • Themediabull

    To tell you guys the truth – NYC is the perfect city to live in if you have a 3-400K $ in disposable income to throw around. Unless, it can be very daunting looking at expensive stuff and successful people all day.

    • Jake Woolf

      Like I said, “Window shopping is one of the most #menswear activities there is”

  • JH

    Pre-Katrina New Orleans gets my vote for greatest city on earth. Who’s with me?

  • Norskman

    Hi mate,

    I follow four-pins fairly avidly. It’s a great read and I really enjoy it. You seem to come out with a lot of sense and have a great way of presenting and writing true facts without getting caught up in the pretentiousness of the scene. I really fucking respect that. I seem to support and follow the majority of things you portray. So it’s fair to say I’m a massive fan of the blog.

    I’m a Londoner and love menswear. I’m going to attempt to dispute your comment “New York City is undoubtedly the greatest city on earth (don’t even bother taking to the comments section to dispute this)”. The only thing is I’ve only been to NYC once and I’m not too sure about your knowledge of London. I can only assume the statement was mildly tongue in cheek however I want to set the record straight and have the opportunity to give you the low-down on the situation across the pond.

    NYC might be a mecca in your eyes “but it’s fucking HUGE and its sheer volume can be inundating to an uniformed newcomer”. THIS ONE and only fact ruined my NYC shopping experience. I came back telling everyone (who asked me) “New York men’s shopping is fucking shite and not a patch on London”. This was by no means an exaggeration. When comparing this feature to my knowledge of London, and my experiences as an outsider in NYC, I’m still convinced of my initial feelings.

    For me, the main problem with the NYC shopping system is at no point did it occur to me that there is even a hint of organisation. You may say there is something to be said about the beauty of individual style and #menswear, and that it’s finding those little gems that are off the beaten track. But if you have a system that is better, you will always compare things to it. There are menswear gems all over the United Kingdom. I just think it’s a bigger market, I’m not sure that there are more guys in England who care about the way they dress than in the U.S. as I wouldn’t have statistics to back myself up on that.

    To put my point across, my experience of ‘going shopping’ in NYC was an exhausting un-rewarding experience after having it so good in London.

    Style is embedded deep into the veins of Londoners, with a bubble showing no signs of bursting. Menswear has such a presence that one can tailor a quick shopping route around just 5 fantastically supplied stores. Like everywhere, there is cheap, expensive and everything in between.

    Let me back my argument up with my pick of 9 similar London streets and neighbourhoods that are similar to those New York streets you have mentioned. I’m sure you can give me shit for my taste, but everyone’s different and I class my style as fairly eclectic.

    Marylebone High Street:
    A good place to start is Matches Fashion. This store is deep in Marylebone (young professional yuppy cunt / yummy mummy district). The store packs a punch with a very eclectic collection of men’s brands. You can pick up anything from A. Sauvage, Balenciaga, Balmain, Gant
    Rugger and Nudie, all the way down to Polo, Canada Goose, Moncler, Trussadi and Turnbull and Asser. Great collections, but you rarely leave with any pants or boxers on.

    A 2 minute walk down the road brings you to Sandro where as you know, you will find some absolute fucking gold-dust most of the time.

    Chiltern Street (Marylebone area):
    4 minutes west (as the crow flies) will take you to a cosy neighbourhood shop called Trunk Clothiers who need no introduction. Trunk
    is a collection of the best menswear and accessories from the less explored corners of Japan, Italy, the UK, Sweden and the US.
    At the prestigious Drapers Fashion Awards, Trunk were declared the 2012 winner of the ‘Premium Independent Retailer’ category. You
    will find classics such as hard to find special Japanese cut Barbour Bedale jackets, brands such as Aspesi, Boglioli, Beams+, Common Projects, Drakes, Gitman, Incotex, Mackintosh, Kitsuné, Massimo Alba, Nanamica, Our Legacy and Piccolo (to name just a few)..!

    Sunspel England is right across the street offering up clean, classic handcrafted modern everyday luxuries. The entire collection is made in England, craftsmanship is paramount at the brand and they offer everything from the best cut chino to ‘Sea Island Cotton’ underwear. Their sweatpants and zip hoody are a particular staple.

    St. Christopher’s Place:
    Just 5 minutes walk from Trunk, conveniently on the pilgrimage you will find one of the best Baristas in London at Workshop on Wigmore Street. They roast some of the world’s best beans at their facility in Clerkenwell and serve it up in whatever form you choose.

    I like wearing shirts and I get through a lot of them. I’m not on the best money so for cheap, decent quality, classic shirts with every option under the sun then you would be spoiled for choice at TM Lewin which is a mere 30 seconds from Workshop coffee and 30 seconds walk into the epi-centre of St Christopher’s Place.

    Here you will find very reasonably priced, good quality shirts. You can choose any 4 shirts for £100 and sometimes even 5 for £100. In terms of choice you can choose between a regular, slim, tailored or fully-tailored-fit. Options offer up a variety of collars such as Button-down, cutaway or a classic. Materials also vary from non-iron, poplin, herringbone, 140’s, Dogtoothe etc. You can choose among a variety of cuffs such as double, single and button cuff. Then you have a choice of almost every colour on checks / plain / print / dogtooth (anyway you get the picture).

    South Molton Street:

    A swift 4 minute walk will take you past Mulberry, across the maelstrom of Oxford Street (H+M, Uniqlo, Topman, Selfridges) and onto South Molton Street. This is where things get interesting with Brown’s Fashion who offer much the same as Matches in Marylebone in high fashion but with a little more emphasis on contemporary menswear designers such as Dior Homme, Dries, Rick Owens etc.

    Half-way down the street, Italy has made a impressive statement to London’s menswear scene with Officina Slowear. Here you can find the impeccably cut, famous Incotex chinos in every colour under the sun. You will then find their other brands Zanone for fine knitwear, Glanshirt for shirts and Montedoro for quality jackets. Between them, the Slowear family of brands covers almost all men’s casual wardrobe requirements in a classic-yet-modern way. The shop is very cool, decked out with a Mad Men era style decor.

    At the end of the street, 30 seconds away there is Diptyque for unique fragrances and the reasons you stated.

    Now you’re on a bit of a roll, a swift 6 minute walk along Brook Street past John Smedley, Reiss, Comme de Garçons, Mackintosh, The
    Refinery (mens grooming) will bring you to Liberty London.

    Regent Street:

    Liberty London, in my opinion, in both aesthetics and substance is hands-down the best department store in London. It is housed in a beautiful mock-tudor building with exposed beams and oak staircases. For menswear it is second to none. Head of Fashion Buying & Merchandising Stephen Ayers, has hit the nail on the head by creating a relatively cosy, easy to navigate five room experience that will naturally whisk you through the shoe department, accessories, high end fashion, street wear and casual wear categories. You will find the very best pieces from Dries, Philip Lim, Paul Smith, Alexander McQueen, APC, Hartford, Folk, Norse Projects, Margiela, Lanvin, Jil Sander, Nigel Cabourn, Linda Farrow, Ralph.. (the list goes on).

    Regent Street has some of the better ‘bigger brands’ around such as Hackett, Massimo Dutti, Hilfiger, Brooks Brothers and Barbour. J.Crew will be opening their first international flagship store at the old Burberry site in prime location to reel in punters. You can find Belstaff just off of Regent Street Street, as well as famed haberdasher Drakes of London.

    Soho area:

    If it’s lesser known British heritage designers you like then taking a stroll to the ‘Newburgh Quarter’ will unearth some hidden gems such as Albam Clothing. They are purveyors of practical, utility-friendly men’s clothing such as waxed jackets, shirting and chinos. They have incorporated brands such as Red Wing, New Balance and Aiguille along with their own designs to add to the threat.

    Strolling further east down Soho cobbled streets will bring you to even lesser known independent menswear shops offering up unlimited haberdashery options (pocket squares, ties, bow ties etc). All roads lead to the larger stores such as A.P.C, Evisu (vom), C.P. Company, Barbour Heritage and Levi’s Vintage.

    Picadilly area:

    If it’s luxe you are looking for then a 3 minute walk from Barbour’s flagship store on Lower Regent Street, past Savile Row and Burlington
    Arcade you can find Bond Street. Bond Street is the luxury brand Mecca where you will find Russians and Arabs negotiating themselves around Etro, Gucci, LV, the Ralph Lauren London mansion, Loro Piana, Cuccinelli, Cartier etc etc etc.

    A stone’s throw from Bond Street, 3 minutes walk over the other side of Picadilly you can find Jermyn Street. London’s ‘Gentleman’s

    quarter’. This is where traditionally you get everything that goes with your Savile Row suit as well as casual and country attire. Some of England’s finest cobblers are situated on this street such as Church’s, Tricker’s, John Lobb and Crockett & Jones. You will find shirtmakers such as Budd and Turnbull & Asser. Then one of my personal favourites; New & Lingwood.

    You can round off the day with a short 4 minute shuffle to Dover Street Market.

    After a fruitful trip, I can state the obvious by telling you that there is a lot to be earned from taking advantage of the seemingly unlimited presence of pubs (pretty much one on almost every street).

    To compare that shopping route, I present a shop-by-shop googlemap plan to prove the convenience of menswear shopping in London compared to the route stated in your Four-Pins blog entry on notable NYC menswear stores.

    If you follow the link below, you will find that the route I suggested in London would typically take 51 minutes to walk (without stopping in any shops):

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=matches+fashion,+Marylebone+high+street,+London&daddr=Sandro,+Marylebone+High+Street,+London+to:Trunk+Clothiers,+Chiltern+Street,+London+to:Workshop+Marylebone,+Wigmore+Street,+London+to:tm+lewin+near+St+Christophers+Place,+London+to:Mulberry+near+St+Christophers+place,+london+to:Browns+Fashion,+South+Molton+Street,+London+to:Diptyque,+Brook+Street,+Mayfair,+London+to:Liberty's,+Regent+Street,+London+to:Belstaff,+Conduit+Street,+London+to:Hackett,+Regent+Street,+London+to:Albam+Clothing,+Beak+Street,+London+to:Barbour,+Regent+Street,+London+to:51.5099652,-0.1403054+to:Burlington+Arcade,+Piccadilly,+London+to:New+%26+Lingwood+Ltd,+Jermyn+Street,+London+to:Tricker's,+Jermyn+Street,+London+to:17-18+Dover+St++London+W1S+4LT&hl=en&sll=51.513778,-0.145747&sspn=0.013754,0.03695&geocode=FQQjEgMdY679_yEWmJteTmFzWikZhJP30Rp2SDEWmJteTmFzWg%3BFewcEgMdULD9_yH_NgXCcyeLvSmXSP5q0hp2SDH_NgXCcyeLvQ%3BFbgcEgMdQKT9_yH09IuqD53AgynrcdC-zRp2SDH09IuqD53Agw%3BFTwSEgMd8bL9_yHeFPj_7DhXESmVU_fc0hp2SDHeFPj_7DhXEQ%3BFaQQEgMdIrT9_yE15Xl5gD_Xayk5qjLF0hp2SDE15Xl5gD_Xaw%3BFdYMEgMd-bX9_yE09J0ssm8PSinZgo4rLQV2SDE09J0ssm8PSg%3BFQsKEgMd6bv9_yHL1JUEBJl-9CmL1lXBLAV2SDHL1JUEBJl-9A%3BFQsHEgMdHMP9_yEh1rc50qlNTyk1ztJ8KwV2SDEh1rc50qlNTw%3BFeYJEgMdPtz9_yGBgVjC0AKqqinr_fIw1QR2SDGBgVjC0AKqqg%3BFb0EEgMdZ9b9_yFf6usMuS7ssynLzC2JKgV2SDFf6usMuS7ssw%3BFVwAEgMdkd_9_yFnQFOMe0DAGimHp_C91QR2SDFnQFOMe0DAGg%3BFaoDEgMdWeT9_yGVuLibWMHYDSmJR-qq1QR2SDGVuLibWMHYDQ%3BFQD6EQMdlOn9_yGty-L4WUzFuykdNePT1QR2SDGty-L4WUzFuw%3BFc36EQMd79v9_yn9SH3k1QR2SDGfbhFwzn0UWw%3BFZD0EQMd_979_yFSttTvbkEF_imPK-__1QR2SDFSttTvbkEF_g%3BFTDyEQMdQOH9_yHRx7aLFrrl3CnDweY31gR2SDHRx7aLFrrl3A%3BFc7wEQMdJN_9_yEQRdR0Vq7bFillFyE21gR2SDEQRdR0Vq7bFg%3BFbr1EQMdEtT9_ymbOV7rKQV2SDGJiQoNn5e4LQ&t=h&dirflg=w&mra=ls&via=13&z=15

    I did the same on Google maps. I made a shopping route for NYC menswear based entirely around the recommendations in your blog entry and if it was to be walked, it would take 5hrs 35 mins not stopping in any shops.

    https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?saddr=West+Broadway,+New+York,+NY,+United+States&daddr=West+4th+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:Elizabeth+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:40.7515812,-73.9822803+to:5th+Ave+to:Madison+Ave+to:Broadway,+Manhattan,+NY,+United+States+to:Orchard+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:Greenwich+Avenue,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:Lafayette+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:Crosby+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:Mercer+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States+to:Bleecker+Street,+New+York,+NY,+United+States&hl=en&ll=40.73347,-73.964252&spn=0.06699,0.1478&sll=40.770012,-73.940907&sspn=0.066953,0.1478&geocode=FQk6bgIdICaX-yE7IDbCcAZ0NCl7P1E0iljCiTE7IDbCcAZ0NA%3BFayQbQIdDs2W-ykB5Kk2lFnCiTGBJFqAeiF7KA%3BFdJYbQIdHe2W-ymHED5piFnCiTH2MKN1Kyp01A%3BFd3RbQIduB6X-ykFaHuYAFnCiTFONzgVan9c0g%3BFQYBbgIdJ0GX-w%3BFbD7bQIdd0WX-w%3BFXI8bQIdeB2X-yFpBoGjQ-2MfymtNVIp1VvCiTFpBoGjQ-2Mfw%3BFUtSbQIdRgGX-yld90Dkg1nCiTEct1KKbd35ew%3BFYaZbQIdtNOW-ylJku67lVnCiTHPcz4CXYYcTQ%3BFV5fbQIdquSW-ykpD2XOi1nCiTHvX9RsV9C68A%3BFdhgbQIdZOGW-ymdCscNj1nCiTHOidvo1yQxjA%3BFdpsbQIdjOKW-ynRBPzej1nCiTGQnGu3imAbtw%3BFeR4bQIduteW-ylLMU5rkVnCiTGgxBxbLAFH3Q&oq=bleecker+str&t=h&dirflg=w&mra=dme&mrsp=5&sz=13&via=3&z=13

    I’m fairly sure I have presented a strong case here. I stuck to an identical plan of presenting Centrally located London stores compared to your Manhattan based stores. What I have tried to prove is that you get everything you would get in terms of brand-choice in London as you would in NYC, but you get a hell of a lot more, and at a lot more convenience. I didn’t even begin on what can be found in North and East London (Brooklyn equivalents).

    I have to come clean and admit one thing that NYC does better than London. Over and over, you shit all over us in the food category. London isn’t on a level anywhere near New York when it comes to reasonably priced good food and with such a choice.

    I hope I don’t get too much abuse for this, like I said I’m a big fan of the blog and would be glad to show you around London, should you ever want to come over. I’m talking shopping, a bit of boozing, (optional) sport and talking shit to girls.

    Please find links to some of the stores I mentioned:

    http://www.trunkclothiers.com/
    http://www.sunspel.com/
    http://www.matchesfashion.com/designer/mens
    http://www.brownsfashion.com/designers/men
    http://www.slowear.com/en/officina-slowear-london/
    http://www.albamclothing.com/
    http://www.barbourbymail.co.uk/Mens-Barbour.top
    http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/designer/brand
    http://www.hackett.com/?gclid=CO7Y1aOh-LUCFeXKtAodOX0Acg
    http://www.norseprojects.com/
    http://www.reiss.com/mens/
    http://www.daks.com/
    http://www.jaeger.co.uk/men/men,en_GB,sc.html

    • James Jean

      Well at least Paris is only a train ride and less than 100 Euros away…. so that solves your food dilemma.

    • Michael

      u rock

    • Jake Woolf

      Hey man, this is amazing, so thanks. If there’s anything I will say as a response, it’s that I agree with your statement about how disorganized NYC men’s shopping is. That’s why I claim other lists that simply tell guys ABOUT the stores all over the city isn’t as helpful as it could be. As far as NYC being the greatest city on earth, that’s clearly subjective and relies upon a host of factors that I obviously have not considered in this very, very specific post. Thanks again for this v v crucial London shopping knowledge though. Next time I’m there I’ll be ready to drop some quid.

      • Guest

        Regardless, everyone loves NYC, which is why I’ll do it properly one day.

    • 206er

      women in nyc>women in london

    • Arjun Arjun

      100% agreed. I have been to both the places. And London , undoubtedly, houses one of the most fashion conscious Men with very high taste in the world. infect, I can guarantee that a well dressed men in NYC may not be from NYC( probably from London or any part of EUR) at all but that’s what make NYC the best metropolitan in the world. I love both the cities.

  • juliusmarelle

    I just walked down Broadway the other day and realized all those mentioned stores were there. Hidden shit.

  • Alejandro Juarez

    Feeling too lazy to go into as much detail as the guy from London did, but I’d say another city that easily and definitely tops New York in terms of menswear is Tokyo. Men’s-only department stores, amazing local labels and fantastically curated shops covering whole areas (not just streets) and catering to entire leagues and micro-universes of urban tribes. Intoxicating!

  • Jay z

    This is the biggest article fail ever. Have you ever thought of putting this shit on a map so people didnt have to individually google all the pretentious ass places you refer to in your article?

    Retard. And learn some fucking English, you uniformed asshat.

  • itstheDoom

    Can you do one for Japan heading there in DEC…

  • Arjun Arjun

    Good one. I wish you had posted it couple of month back when I was I NYC. Covered just four of the mentioned places, that too unknowingly.
    can you please also list top five fashion street in NYC.?
    I know the whole of NY is a fashion world. But if you have to sum up what would be those five or 10 ?