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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
Spends His Weekends: On the field, the course, or the court
On His iPod: “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes
Top DVR Priority: Ravens, Orioles – it all depends on the season
Go-To Outfit: Under Armour shirt (you can dress them up or down), soccer shorts (just not at the office), top-quality running shoes
Style Icon: Justin Tucker
Where to Shop:
Charm City Run
Multiple locations; charmcityrun.com
Locally owned by husband and wife team Kara and Josh Levinson and located in Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Clarksville and Timonium, Charm City Run offers athletic footwear, running shoes, apparel and more.
Multiple locations; laxworld.com
Hardcore lax bros know that LAX World carries more than just helmets and balls. It’s the place to go for any type of lacrosse gear, from a new pair of Maryland lacrosse shorts to a purple tie emblazoned with crossed sticks.
Under Armour Brand House
700 South President Street; 410-528-5304; underarmour.com
Yes, Under Armour gear is available everywhere these days (see above!). But there’s no beating the Baltimore-loving brand’s flagship store in Harbor East, where the freshest styles, from shoes to shirts, are on display.
Spends His Weekends: Farmers’ market followed by a fair trade rally
On His iPod: Bootlegs from his jam band days
Top DVR Priority: The revolution will not be televised
Go-To Outfit: An old concert t-shirt and comfy hemp pants
Style Icon: A little McConaughey, a little Lebowski
Where to Shop:
The Joshua Tree
1340 Smith Avenue; 971-570-0732; The Joshua Tree FB Page
This Mt. Washington shop specializes in eco-friendly clothing – think organic cotton and hemp – produced under fair trade and economically sound conditions. From local brands to products created abroad that channel funds into less developed economies, The Dude will find plenty to feel good about at The Joshua Tree.
1835 Washington Boulevard; 410-837-8081; deboistextiles.com
While the front room is full of great vintage finds, it’s the back room of Debois Textiles that gets The Dude excited. Giant cardboard boxes filled with super-cheap clothes sometimes yield unexpectedly great finds. And even if the haul isn’t particularly noteworthy, purchasing “recycled” clothes from Debois is the ultimate in green living.
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