High-tech, Boston-based menswear brand Ministry of Supply is celebrating its grand opening at The Shay today. The store will market performance workwear—such as sweat-stain resistant and moisture-wicking dress shirts and stretchy, breathable suits you could run long distances in—embracing a theme of “Work/Shop” for the design of the store.
While the store is intended for shopping, it’s also been set up for working, with free Wifi and a table workspace that’s outfitted with pens, mini notebooks, and electric outlets. With a trend towards creating in-store experiences to compete with the ease of online shopping, Ministry of Supply isn’t the only local store with a little something extra amidst the retail: nearby Read Wall has a ping pong table, Frank & Oak has in-store shaves, and Warby Parker has a photo booth.
The brand started with a Kickstarter campaign in 2011 as the brainchild of three MIT students who wanted to solve clothing issues with technological advancements (such as 3D printing). In the years since, it’s grown to a brick and mortar shop in Boston, San Francisco, and now, DC. The Shay storefront is located at 1924 8th St., NW, Suite 100. Take a peek inside in the photos below before you visit the space in person.