If deciding between a tie and a bowtie is the first decision you make each morning, then you’ll appreciate this list of the best menswear stores in Vancouver. While thrifting or discount shopping may be easier on the wallet, there is nothing sweeter than cruising into any of these stores knowing you will be well taken care of by style professionals or a personal stylist.
Ted Baker in CF Pacific Centre
This label started with unique shirting for men in 1988 and quickly grew into a quirky presence in menswear. The newest store is located in the lower level of CF Pacific Centre and is decked out like a 1950s cottage with a maple syrup high. It may be visually busy but the quality is fantastic and there are fragrances, accessories and eyewear to sidetrack you for hours.
Frank & Oak in Gastown
North America’s fastest growing menswear brand, Frank & Oak, launched their flagship in Gastown last December with an in-store Mancave Barber Shop and Krokodile Pear cold juice bar. Add some vintage teak chairs and couches, and there really is no reason to go home (except to get more micro-distilled vodka to add to your juice while you are chillaxing).
AllSaints in CF Pacific Centre
All about the monochromatic palette, subdued to not-so-subtle textures, the skinny jean and the must have piece for every hipster, a $1,200 classic motorcycle jacket in multiple variations. Shoppers can’t go wrong shopping for basics at All Saints.
Leone in the Financial District
Recently sold by the family who created this bastion of class, Leone continues its tradition of elite-ness amidst stunning architecture with store-within-store shopping. Top international designers such as Lanvin, McQueen, The Kooples and Christopher Kane are all available, and the barista at the in-store cafe creates a delicious macchiato.
The Block in Crosstown
Before we partied like it was 1999, The Block was a corner shop in a rough neighbourhood, filled with local designers and a touch more affordable. The addition of international designers, over the years, has shown that The Block hasn’t lost touch with the neighbourhood as it works out its growing pains.
Dior Homme in the ‘Luxury Zone’
Clean, crisp and refreshingly sparse, the newest boutique in the Dior family is located in the Fairmont Hotel downtown and acts as the cornerstone of the ‘Luxury Zone’. Dior Homme is an exercise in uber-clean minimalism which focuses on the stylish menswear and offers impeccable customer service.
Strellson in the ‘Luxury Zone’
This is the third store for Strellson in Canada and though they chose the edge of the ‘Luxury Zone’, the selection is accessible and designed for the urban man. Look for casual and sportswear with a European sensibility and flare that is very wearable in west coast weather.
Hugo Boss – CF Pacific Centre & McArthurGlen YVR Outlet
Bold style defined by sharp cuts, skinny pants and lean physiques, the man who wears Hugo Boss is definitely fit. He strives to live an editorial lifestyle through streamlined and thoroughly modern clothing, sunglasses and a spritz of the ubiquitous BOSS fragrance.
Armani Exchange – 3 locations (Oakridge, Metropolis at Metrotown, Queensborough Landing)
A/X has a chic modern look without the high price-tag of Giorgio Armani. The Spring/Summer season offerings include a selection of baseball caps and lightweight fedoras, embellished t-shirts and sleek button-downs, light denim looks and non-leather motorcycle jackets. The items are easy to maintain and more likely to survive a night on the Granville strip than the real thing.
Indochino in Yaletown
Born in BC, this company of coolness began life online and is now lives in Yaletown. For custom made menswear which includes not only suiting but outerwear and accessories, Indochino is the place. Smart dressed men will have to wait a spell for their custom made suit to be made but it will fit like a glove when it arrives.
Dressing yourself with purpose and style comes with its challenges and rewards. Know when to edit and when to excel. Use the above list to put your best foot forward and let the rest of them follow you.