When you think of the world’s best shopping destinations, you may picture the skyscrapers of New York, the boutiques of Paris and London’s bustling Oxford Street, but outside of these famous fashion capitals there’s a wealth of remarkable menswear outlets waiting to be visited.
Stocking some of the globe’s most coveted brands, these independent retailers bring cutting edge fashion to all corners of the earth, from Tokyo to Berlin, Newcastle to Vancouver, Sweden to San Francisco.
Here we showcase ten of the best menswear stores from around the world, which are all well worth a visit.
1. End Clothing, Newcastle, UK
Since its inception in 2005, End Clothing has brought the men of Newcastle a well-curated range of globally sourced menswear, stocking brands that are not often seen on UK shelves.
From Danish label Wood Wood to Japan’s Comme des Garçons, you’ll find some of the world’s best streetwear and luxury pieces all inside an old hunting shop – a concept space it launched next to its original store in 2009 – turning the shopping experience into something a little more stimulating.
Visit End Clothing at 4 & 8 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EN.
2. Union, Los Angeles, USA
This store “walks the line between fashion and function”, playing host to brands from the UK, Japan and beyond. You won’t find anything too flamboyant here though, as its ethos is to provide practical pieces with purpose.
Union started out in New York in 1989, opening up in LA a few years later, and has now become a one stop shop for the very best in contemporary menswear and the hottest global labels.
Visit Union at 110 La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036.
3. Très Bien, Malmö, Sweden
A true product of the digital age, Malmö-based Très Bien closed its original bricks and mortar store in favour of the e-tail world, before reopening it earlier this year.
The elegant and minimalist space now welcomes the likes of A.P.C, Our Legacy and Raf Simons to its racks, which sit alongside its bi-annual own brand collections, just across the shore from Copenhagen.
Visit Très Bien at Rönngatan 3, 211 47, Malmö, Sweden.
4. Dover Street Market, London, UK
London’s Dover Street Market plays host to a weird and wonderful range of menswear, stocking only the most unique and intriguing pieces from the world’s most cutting edge designers.
Spanning an incredible six floors, the shopping concept founded by Comme des Garçons’ Rei Kawakubo feels more like an art installation than a retail outlet, so it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in the capital, even if you’re not looking to buy.
Visit Dover Street Market at 17-18 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LT.
5. Colette, Paris, France
This iconic Parisian concept store plays host to a tightly edited range of contemporary menswear, with only the coolest labels making it in – think Christopher Raeburn, Moncler and Dior Homme.
You can also expand your horizons beyond the realms of fashion, with the store housing a bookshop, exhibition space and water bar, which serves over 100 different types of bottled water.
Visit Colette at 213 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001, Paris.
6. Haven, Vancouver, Canada
Specialising in Japanese menswear, this Canadian outlet occupies 2,500 square feet of a beautiful 100-year-old building on the eastern edge of Gastown.
Aside from its Japanese stock, including pieces from White Mountaineering and Head Porter, Haven also houses a wide range of street and sporting brands, such as Engineered Garments, Nike and Stone Island, all in a heritage-feel space.
Visit Haven at 52 East Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6A 1K2.
7. Soto Store, Berlin, Germany
At only five years old, this youthful German menswear store has already gained a cult following around the world. Its range of international brands, rugged interior and variety of garments has drawn the modern man to its doors, cementing itself as a market leader when it comes to contemporary clothing.
From Kenzo to Common Projects, you’ll find high-end fashion and streetwear sitting together harmoniously in this laid-back retail space.
Visit Soto Store at Torstraße 72, 10119, Berlin.
8. Lane Crawford, Harbour City, Hong Kong
If you’re a luxury goods aficionado, put Hong Kong’s Lane Crawford at the top of your must-visit list. The multi-brand store plays host to labels from Lanvin to Givenchy, with a significant leaning towards formalwear.
Its interior is equally luxurious, pairing slick wood flooring with glossy display units and contemporary industrial elements.
Visit Lane Crawford at G/F-2/F, The Marco Polo Hong Kong, Harbour City, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
9. Norse Store, Copenhagen, Denmark
This European store is the original home of the Norse Projects brand, only stocking labels that match its penchant for quality, practicality and style. Visitors can expect pieces sourced from worldwide brands, including Our Legacy, Levi’s and Visvim, each adding to the utilitarian aesthetic.
A simple white and wooden interior mirrors its love for simplicity, neatly and beautifully displaying garments for you to savour.
Visit Norse Store at Pilestræde 41, 1112 København K, Copenhagen.
10. Unionmade, San Francisco, USA
Well-made, long-lasting and classically stylish clothes make up the cornerstones of this independent Bay area store, bringing together some of the best US-made pieces in one rustic setting.
However, you’ll also find labels from further afield, including the UK’s Fred Perry, Folk and Nigel Cabourn, all inside a historic building cladded out with more wood than you can shake a stick at.
Visit Unionmade at 493 Sanchez St, San Francisco, CA 94114.
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