Our men’s shopping scene is growing more robust and varied with each season, and we couldn’t be happier. For those looking to avoid the big-box and mall scene, here are 10 of the best men’s boutiques in the city now, whether you’re looking for fashion-forward pieces (bold floral shorts) or easy-wearing basics (Chukka boots, button-downs). Consider it proof that there’s more to men’s shopping in Philly than J.Crew.
At Tung To’s Rittenhouse boutique, you’ll find luxury loafers, monk straps, boots and more from brands like John Lobb, Di Bianco and La Cordonnerie Anglaise. A tip: Love the fixtures? Most are for sale.
Go here for: High-end shoes and leather goods including briefcases and luggage.
25 South 19th Street, Rittenhouse.
Art in the Age
The rugged, American heritage trend is still going strong, and this Old City shop is one of the top in its class. You’ll find a hefty selection of raw denim, slim shirts and accessories here, plus grooming products (beard oil, earthy cologne) and more.
Go here for: Subtly cool accessories and clothing.
116 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Think of Boyds as the boutique version of Neiman Marcus, right smack in the middle of Center City. The elegant store offers men’s shoes, leather goods, sportswear and suiting, with much less of the intimidation factor you might expect.
Go here for: Everything, really.
1818 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
David Grimes’s shop isn’t huge, but it serves up a great selection of basics with a stylish twist, from brands including M.R.K.T., Arthnic and OPNK. Tip: Check out the artwork; Grimes features a rotating selection of works by local artists.
Go here for: A carefully curated selection of modern menswear from brands you might not know.
704 South 4th Street, Queen Village.
One of the best selections of men’s vintage in the city, Briar offers men’s clothing and accessories from the 1800s through the 1960s. Ask owner David about anything and everything in the shop, and he’ll have a story about what it is and how to wear it.
Go here for: Dapper men’s vintage with a Jazz Age twist.
62 North 3rd Street, Old City.
Metro Mens Clothing
This shop is a haven for easy, great-looking pieces from brands you know and love, like Penguin, Ben Sherman, Fred Perry and Scotch + Soda. Bonus: Complimentary drinks while you shop.
Go here for: Top-notch button downs and great clearance finds (one Philly Mag staffer scored a $120 shirt here for $20).
1600 East Passyunk Avenue, East Passyunk.
This Rittenhouse studio is the place for impeccably crafted bespoke suits. Enough said.
Go here for: Suiting and their latest service, custom jeans.
1839 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.
P’s & Q’s
Much of the clothing here is for the sartorially advanced (wild florals, slim joggers), but less adventurous guys can still find great basics (Woolrich Chukka boots, Baldwin Denim polos).
Go here for: Modern streetwear and a selection of awesome sneakers.
820 South Street, South Philly.
Wayne Edwards Workshop
Previously located on Locust Street (and closed for the past several years), longtime menswear boutique Wayne Edwards moved to a new Rittenhouse location earlier this year. You’ll find ready-to-wear — ties, cashmere sweaters, etc. — and custom shirts and suits.
Go here for: Made-from-scratch suits starting at (a very reasonable) $945.
1710 Sansom Street, second floor, Rittenhouse.
Stars and Stripes
Formerly known as Mettlers American Mercantile, this Rittenhouse shop (located in a rehabbed gothic church!) has a vast men’s selection of preppy-leaning pieces. (Psst: Many of the vintage display items are for sale, too!)
Go here for: Smart, always-in-style casual wear.
2129 Chestnut Street, Rittenhouse.