There are many misconceptions about the state of men’s fashion in the Pacific Northwest, with the most prominent being that there isn’t any. While, admittedly, our fair city swings closer to casual than other sister metropolises, the local shop owners and their loyal followings tell a different story. Whether your New Year resolutions include updating your closet or the closet of the man in your life, these eight Seattle-area shops are a great place to get started:
Division Road Inc.
If you have ever wondered about the definition of Pacific Northwest luxury, Division Road Inc., nestled in Pioneer Square, has the answer. The shop’s crisp white walls and wood and stone furniture serves as the perfect backdrop for a curated selection of luxury heritage menswear--a tantalizing combination of modern style aesthetics and old world production techniques—ranging from Victoria-based Viberg’s military inspired boots to luxury selvedge denim. Shoppers frequently discover hard-to-find brands, which are hand-selected from makers in North America, Western Europe and Japan.
Brick + Mortar
Our region’s chaotic weather means a pair of durable footwear should be kept close by, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for function. Brick + Mortar has built a loyal following of gents who covet the selection of shoes, boots and slip ons from Alden Shoe Co., which are handmade in New England, and appreciate the warm hospitality once they step into the boutique. Owner Yenni Song frequently customizes Brick + Mortar’s designs—the result is a selection of modern styles reinforced by Alden’s renowned craftsmanship. The shop also offers various leather goods and accessories.
Hammer + Awl
Whether you are looking to up your accessory game or invest in some clothing essentials, Hammer + Awl should be on the top of your list. At first glance, the store’s interior looks more akin to a design showroom but a quick peruse reveals everything the stylish Seattleite could hope for—from jewelry to accent an outfit to Pacific Northwest-ready sweaters, button ups and denim.
Those looking to wade into the men’s designer clothing game would do well to pay a visit to Jack Straw. The sleek, upscale boutique, accented by reclaimed wood and brick, sports an expertly curated selection of minimalist shirts, pants and jackets from co-owner John Richards, a disciple of Butch Blum (RIP) and Mario’s.
There is nothing like a statement piece to give an outfit character, something that the buyers at David Lawrence know all too well. Located in The Shops at the Bravern, the 25-year old store features designer threads from some of the most well known international fashion brands including Versace, Phillip Plein and Moschino.
Rodd & Gunn
Rodd & Gunn offers a wide array of timeless menswear essentials taking a cue from nature, which makes the New Zealand-based brand a perfect fit for the Pacific Northwest. The Bellevue location’s opening marks Rodd & Gunn’s first foray into the region and the seventh in the country. From winter-ready coats to everyday pants, no doubt those looking to refresh their wardrobe will find something they enjoy.
A walk through downtown Seattle and South Lake Union’s buzzing business centers will reveal an increasing number of smartly dressed gentlemen in tailored suits. Would-be dandies may shop for the standard black and navy suits, a wardrobe must-have, as well as more colorful options at Suit Supply, located in Bellevue Square. Most sizes are stocked and alterations are conveniently done in-house. With a full suit (jacket with trousers) starting at $359, stepping into a Savile Row mindset has never been easier.
Let’s face it: the process of updating a wardrobe, particularly a wardrobe belonging to the casually inclined Seattle gentleman, can be a slow, if not trepidatious, process. At this point, it’s best to plan a visit to Sharply. The Seattle-based brand sells menswear essentials—such as T-shirts, henleys and sweatshirts—made in comfortable materials including super soft 100% cotton slub jersey and tri-blend fleece, both perfect for layering.