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Calling All Men: Your Fall Fashion Guide

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Last week, Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend explored the world of Baltimore boutiques with women in mind. But don’t fret, guys, Shop Girl knows you’ve got style, too. 

Whether you’re a slick clotheshorse who can’t resist the pull of a master tailor or a sports nut who needs new gear for every game, Shop Girl has you covered with this guide for where to find the best men’s clothes in Baltimore.

The Businessman

Samuel Parker shoes

Spends His Weekends: Squash, cocktails, benefit

On His iPod:  Old Blue Eyes and the rest of the Rat Pack

Top DVR Priority: Downton Abbey (his wife watched it first – but he couldn’t resist)

Go-To Outfit: Custom, from collar to wingtip

Style Icon: Don Draper

Where to Shop:

Christopher Schafer Clothier

1400 Aliceanna Street, Harboe East; 410-404-5131; christopherschafer.com

London-trained Christopher Schafer specializes in top-notch tailoring, custom clothes and carefully-selected business attire for men. Schafer isn’t afraid of a little fun – bright colors and unexpected patterns find their way into the shop – but his clothes get noticed for their fit, not their flair.

Samuel Parker Clothier

86 Village Square, Village of Cross Keys; 410-435-5000; samuelparker.com

For the classic sartorialist who seeks out high quality fabric and won’t settle for a less than perfectly tailored fit, Samuel Parker Clothier carries brands with pedigree, including hard to find and made to measure selections from companies like Ralph Lauren, Samuelsohn of Canada, and shoes by Alden of New England, pictured above.

The QG

31 South Calvert Street, Downtown; 410-685-7428; theqq.com

A relative newcomer to the Baltimore scene, The QG (aka The Quinntessential Gentleman) originally opened as an old-fashioned, high-end barber shop. Since then, the downtown shop has branched into clothing, offering tailoring and custom clothing in addition to well-respected and classicly prep brands like Smathers & Branson and Gitman Bros.

Loafers & Laces

612 South Exeter Street, Harbor East; 410-244-5344; loafersandlaces.com

The shop started as Baltimore’s only high-end men’s shoe store, but has branched out to include apparel and accessories. Shoes are the main attraction here, though, with an inventory of designer shoes, all crafted in the US..

The Hometown Boy

Maryland belt

Spends His Weekends: Coaching lacrosse, walking his lab, throwing back Natty Bohs at the Mt. Washington Tavern.

On His iPod: Dave Matthews Band, Wye Oak

Top DVR Priority: House of Cards – to spy for shots of his office

Go-To Outfit: Khakis, polo, needlepoint crabs-and-lacrosse belt

Style Icon: His dad

Where to Shop:

Cohen’s Clothiers

Yorktowne Plaza, 64 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville; cohensclothiers.com; 410-666-8020

For over 100 years, Cohen’s Clothiers has been the shop Baltimore school boys head to when they need their first blue blazer.  It also outfits men, and specializes in ‘Maryland Pride’ clothing, including the Maryland belt, shown above.

J. McLaughlin 

7623 Bellona Avenue; 410-825-5485; jmclaughlin.com

J. McLaughlin is the place for casual clothes that are preppy and classic – but never foppish. Perfect for men who like to add a little flair to their wardrobes but still want to be taken seriously.

Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

Multiple locations; josbank.com 

This locally-owned retail powerhouse carries a wide variety of suits, ties, shirts and casual wear. With hundreds of options and sizes kept in-stock, Jos. A. Bank is a one-stop shop for traditional men’s clothing.

Natty Boh Gear

Multiple locations ; nattybohgear.com 

It might not be brewed in Maryland anymore but everyone knows that Mr. Boh’s true home is in the Land of Pleasant Living. Whether the Hometown Boy needs a set of Maryland flag cuff links or a “Bohs & Birds” t-shirt, the Natty Boh Gear shop has it covered.

Fall Fashion Guide: Local Shopping Destinations to Suit Your Style

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The leaves are changing and nights are getting cooler. That means it’s Shop Girl’s favorite time of year: Wardrobe Replenishment Season. Fall shopping is a simple process. Step one – Send all sundresses to the cleaners before packing them away until next spring. Step two – Survey all those empty hangers. Step three – Grab wallet and get thee to a boutique. It’s time to shop. But not all shopping is created equal – and not all tastes are the same. Make the most of your time – and money – with our handy guide. See which fashion profile fits you and find the shops in Baltimore to satisfy your sense of style.

The Fashionista

Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.
Photo by Lee Kriel for Sartorial Baltimoreal.

Starts Her Day: At MEGABarre class

On her calendar: Meeting with her interior designer

Favorite Outfit: Changes every day (and always involves the latest look in jeans!) – but it’s never boring

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: Lilly Pulitzer sweater

Style Icon: Aerin Lauder

Where to Shop:

Alice Jane 1407 Clarkview Road #500; 410-296-2233; www.alicejanejewelry.com

Alice Jane’s ever-changing collection includes everything from trendy denim and leather leggings to downtown-friendly accessories.

Jean Pool 92 Village Square, Cross Keys; (410) 466-1177

Only best-selling jeans sold here. We’re talking AG, JBrand, Citizens and more.

JG Sassy 7701 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-321-8100; www.jgsassy.com

JG Sassy’s collection is “classic with a smack of attitude” – accessible designer goods that won’t go out of style in a year.

Panache 10751 Falls Road #103, Green Spring Station; 410-321-0110; www.youvegotpanache.com

The name says it all – Panache is all about the sophisticated side of fashion.

South Moon Under Multiple locations including 815 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East (410-685-7820) and 822 Kenilworth Drive, Kenilworth Mall (410-337-7484); www.southmoondunder.com

From bikinis to maxi-dresses, this grown-up surf shop is perfect for fashion followers on the younger side.

The Preppy Mom

Photo via diaryofapreppymom.com
Photo via diaryofapreppymom.com

Starts Her Day: In the carpool line

On Her Agenda: Volunteering at school until 2 p.m., then shuttling kids to games and practices until dinner

Favorite Outfit: A colorful tunic over jeans, ballet flats

Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing: A tattoo

Style Icon: Kate Middleton

Where to Shop:

J. McLaughlin 7623 Bellona Avenue, Ruxton; 410-825-5485; www.jmclaughlin.com

This well-appointed shop specializes in Ivy-style classics for parties, work and home.

Liza Byrd 10435 Stevenson Road, Stevenson Village; 410-215-2525; www.lizabyrd.com

Fun tunics, kicky accessories and plenty of pink and green make Liza Byrd prep heaven.

Sassanova 805 Aliceanna Street, Harbor East; 410-244-1114; www.sassanova.com

For the prep who doesn’t mind mixing in a little edge, Sassanova covers the bases. Only shop in town that carries Calypso.

Collections 870 Kenilworth Drive, The Shops at Kenilworth; (410) 823-7973; www.collectionstowson.com

Shoes, sweaters and accessories, casual to formal.

 

High End Consignment, For Girls Who Know From Helmut Lang…

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SHOP GIRL

Love Me Two Times, Boutique Consignment

Where: 600 Wyndhurst Avenue, Baltimore, 21210 (410) 323-1070

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-5. Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Love Me Two Times is high-end consignment for women who know their stuff. Barely worn Chanels, Dolce & Gabbanas, Helmut Langs, Manolo Blahniks and Yves St. Laurents rival the selections of vintage shops in L.A and Manhattan. Its owner, Andrea Kaplan, a former buyer at the former Octavia, is that rare bird, a lovable, unintimidating fashionista who knows her Prada, but is also happy to admire your Missoni-for-Target dress. She’s been collecting vintage clothes for decades, and has the loyal consigners that keep her selection ever-changing and always worth a visit. “We get a surprising amount of stock that is new with tags – buyer’s remorse is this shop’s best friend,” she says happily.

Outgrown Ikea? Head For Arhaus in Harbor East

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Welcome to our new column Shop Girl, a bi-weekly post that will review area stores.

Arhaus Furniture

Where:
660 Exeter Street, Baltimore 21202
410-244-6376

[email protected]

Hours: 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

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Of all the trendy shops in Harbor East, Arhaus Furniture is the largest, its 16,000 square feet occupying nearly half a city block. It’s a confident presence in a neighborhood of repurposed lofts and open-plan condos — full of young buyers looking for furniture that’s a cut above Ikea, but less serious than mom’s dining room table. Arhaus’s southern entrance, on Aliceanna Street, across from South Moon Under, lures shoppers with floor- to-ceiling windows and great-looking room displays.  Next thing you know you’re inside, whether you were really looking for a distressed oak daybed or not.

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The shop floor is light and bright, with furniture and accessories on the fashion-forward side of Restoration Hardware. Comparisons between the two are inevitable: quality and pricing is similar, both stores tend toward large scale pieces in solid hardwoods. Both favor neutral-toned fabrics in linen, leather and tweed. Arhaus’ strength is in a brighter and more varied fabric selection (because, really, shades of grey is not decorating) with more one-of-a kind items and a more fun aesthetic.

On the day I was there, customers ranged from fashionable young women, one with decorator in tow, clearly on a buying mission, to couples dreamily putting together a wish list, and even a few wistful-looking single guys.  A pleasant and knowledgeable young man approached me immediately, letting me know about a weekend sale event, and guiding me towards the “statement” armchair I had spotted across the floor ($1,599 down from $2,199 with free fabric upgrade). He wandered off when I wanted to browse, but reappeared, with flawless timing, to answer questions.

arhaus:room2Prices here are not cheap, but not outrageous by any means. Sales and promotions are frequent and varied. There’s a plain linen sofa marked at $809, down from $2700. Beautifully framed butterfly prints at $159 each, down from $349 (would anyone buy them at $349? Probably not.) A giant bed is piled with throw pillows in an pretty assortment of fake fur, bright silks and soft flannels, marked down from the $150 range to the $39 range.Some interesting India patterned cotton lamp shades from $39-$59.

A line of architectural salvage pieces add character. Accessories make use of organic materials — glass, stone and wood. There are interior specialists who will come to your house with highly rated (according to Yelp) advice on choosing colors, styles and mixing new stuff in with the old. They had a number of complaints about delivery and post-sale problem solving, (Yelp again) but so do other interiors stores.

Creativity: B+ good for what it is – a high-end mall store

Service: A+ staff is enthusiastic, relaxed and very informed

Price: $$$  for the level of quality, it’s on the money

Best find: Turquoise painted bombay chest, $599

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New Store In Old Church: The Hunting Ground In Hampden

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Welcome to our new series, Shop Girl, which will review a local store every other week.  

Hunting Ground

Where: “In the Old Church”
3649 Falls Road, Hampden, 21211
410-243-0749

Hours: M-Thurs. 11-7, Fri. and Sat. 11-8, Sunday 12-6

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It’s hard to write about Hunting Ground without using the words “hipster” or “Brooklyn,” but let’s just say that if you’ve ever wondered how you’d look in an orange wool-plaid CPO jacket ($48), a white fringed leather bolero ($52) or a floral prairie apron ($12), this is the place. Since opening in 2012, young owners Jenna Hattenburg and Jess Soulen have a demonstrated a strong fashion sense, separating the gold from the dross with an expert eye. Mixed in with the vintage, which the owner defines as “over 20 years old,” are small, preppie-retro brands like MinkPink, Commune, and Courtshop Denim. Prices are about the same as Target, (mostly under $100, vintage cheaper than new) at a higher level of quirkiness and quality. Still, vintage is an acquired taste, and the staff (aka owners) while pleasant, did not seem that interested in pursuading customers of its charms. On the other hand, an online review describes the service gratefully as “Chill. They leave you in peace.”  Which certainly has its appeal.

From the super-cool space itself, an old stone former church (Hampden Presbyterian) on Falls Road, to the fun displays inside — taxidermy, art, Indian blankets, old books, antique cabinets and a rotating series of pop up shops — and the indie music you wont hear anywhere else, Hunting Ground is super on trend for its folk-chic customer. Tongue-in-cheek, yes, but heavy-handed irony, no.  Think “Laverne & Shirley”  meets “Girls.”

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