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The Best Men’s Stores in Washington Right Now—Plus the Local Labels We Love

Notice Washington men looking more stylish these days? It may be thanks to these trendsetting shops.


A newcomer to Georgetown and a welcome spot for those who want European-inspired style on a budget. From casualwear to suits and formal looks, this outpost of cool even has an on-site tailor.

Prices: A nice suit is $500; dress shirts hover around $100; stylish shoes—casual or dress—go for about $300.

Don’t-miss item: As the name implies, the suits—stylish, modern, and cut to fit—are the things to see.

2828 Pennsylvania Ave., NW; 202-800-7800.

Jack Spade Georgetown

Prep-school boy grows up, learns how to dress, but keeps a roguish charm. That’s how we’d define this label, with its functional, well-made apparel, from worn-in chinos and button-downs to Shetland sweaters and madras ties.

Prices: A work bag starts at about $200; ties are in the $100 range; shirts are $150 to $200.

Don’t-miss item: Jack Spade’s iconic messenger bag is the ideal combination of simple design and exemplary construction.

1250 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-333-1905.


Opening in early December, Gant features sportswear born of East Coast tradition—ivory fisherman sweaters, plaid blazers, on-trend chinos. The clothes are nice enough to wear to work but comfy enough for a weekend.

Prices: Casual cool doesn’t come cheap—soft moleskin cargo pants are about $400, a plaid blazer $950. Ties and shirts start around $100.

Don’t-miss item: Outerwear. A wool-blend toggle coat is a perfect evocation of Ivy League.

3239 M St., NW; 202-625-1949.

Charles Tyrwhitt

The British shirtmaker has made a splash since opening in DC this summer. The impressive shirts, ties, and suits are popular with style setters, especially those looking for a happy medium between off the rack and bespoke.

Prices: Shirt specials such as four for $199 are the norm.

Don’t-miss item: While shirts in loads of patterns and colors—plus terrific ties to go with them—are the chief draw, don’t overlook the suits, shoes, and cufflinks.

1000 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-594-3529.

Lost Boys

Four-year-old Lost Boys, one of the pioneers of breakout men’s fashion in Washington, is stocked with straight-off-the-runway looks from the likes of John Varvatos and Band of Outsiders as well as such finds as a line of Swedish basics called the White Briefs.

Prices:Separates start around $200 and go up to about $2,000 for a designer jacket.

Don’t-miss item: Rogan’s shawl-collar sweater in oatmeal pairs perfectly with dark denim and a black leather jacket.

1033 31st St., NW; 202-333-0093.


This spot reeks of rugged manliness crossed with hipster chic. Work shirts by Dickies and weathered Filson bags mingle with well-crafted, classic Americana styles from Tanner Goods, Levi’s, and Pendleton’s Portland collection.

Prices: You can score a decent T-shirt for $25. The most expensive item we could find recently was a $900 leather coat.

Don’t-miss item: Footwear with an edge. Try a pair of Chippewa Boots or a work-to-weekend style from Red Wing Shoes.

2216 14th St., NW; 202-518-3375.

Bonobos GuideShop

A haven of retro-prepster chinos and oxford button-downs, Bonobos—previously only an online retailer—has opened a shop in Bethesda. “Guides” help you navigate fit and style while providing tips to update a wardrobe. Appointments are encouraged.

Prices: Pants and shirts start around $75, suits from $670.

Don’t-miss item: Along with solid sportswear, this brand encourages you to explore color. Opt for anything in a bright green, pink, or purple.

7126 Bethesda La., Bethesda; 301-986-7949.

Streets of Georgetown

This emporium has everything for the sporty yet refined man about town. For winter, think sweaters, tailored trousers, houndstooth jackets, and Hickey Freeman suits. And you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better-turned-out sales staff.

Prices: Suits typically run $675 to $2,495 for off the rack, $995 to $4,500 for made to measure. Knits and outerwear start at $150.

Don’t-miss item: A cashmere sportcoat. It’ll cost $1,700 to $2,000 but will be a wardrobe staple for years.

1254 Wisconsin Ave., NW; 202-295-9098.

Local Lines We Love

Washington is a hotbed of promising design shops. Here are four of the best.

Hugh & Crye: Semicustom-fit shirts are the focus of this Georgetown shop, though we also love the hand-block-printed pocket squares.

Smathers & Branson: This Bethesda duo has been turning out preppy needlepoint belts, wallets, and other accessories since 2005.

Durkl 2047: Skater gear grows up in a big way in Durkl’s colorful, high-quality windbreakers, hoodies, and duffles.

Read Wall: Updated takes on classic American sportswear include such details as oxford-lined pockets and contrasting collars on polos.

Tie One On

The roster of small-batch neck-wear companies based here is impressive. TV power anchors such as George Stephanopoulos favor the silk ties by Sette. Boating flags to fox hunts, patterns on Charles & Patrick ties are as preppy as their Georgetown roots. Annapolis’s Starboard Clothing Co. has enough madras and tattersall to outfit a boatload of Southern gentlemen. Accoutre’s funky bow ties come in everything from chambray to corduroy.

This article appears in the December 2012 issue of The Washingtonian.

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