They say that clothes make the man, and in New Orleans, that old axiom rings true. We’re a city filled with unique, one-of-a-kind stores, including ones for the pint-sized, many with hand-made local goods or carefully selected objects, and that extends to men’s fashion. There aren’t that many big chains within the city limits (you can save that for the mall, thank you very much), but even with clothing, you can still achieve that perfect, unique style that suits you best, while receiving some of the personalized, knowledgable service that a local store, with staff going above and beyond, can provide.
Let’s take a look at five great places to shop for men’s clothing in New Orleans.
This Magazine Street clothing store in the Lower Garden District has been offering a stylish and unique assortment of boutique labels that you can’t find everywhere else in New Orleans for more than 10 years.
The store is housed in a newly renovated, industrial-chic store space, where the eclectic and casual in high-end men’s clothes rule. This isn’t the place to buy your 3-piece-suit, but it is the spot for labels like RVCA, James Jeans, Penguin, vintage inspired Junk Food T-shirts and an assortment of shoes, belts and sunglasses. This is the place to stop when you need clothes for a casual night out on the town or, coincidentally, to go out and do more shopping!
A recent addition to New Orleans shopping scene, Friend proprietor Parker Hutchinson curates a small but mighty selection of hard-to-find labels for the fashion conscious, forward-thinking male. Brands like Saturdays, Cuisse de Grenouille, Birman Bros., Our Legacy and locally made bags from Tchoup Industries fill this well-curated store with goods that push the unassuming-but-impeccably-dressed contemporary look that guys these days strive for.
This fourth generation, family-owned company of hat makers may be a chain, but their hand-crafted quality fits right at home on Magazine Street (the store is down the block from Friend) and in their French Quarter location on Royal Street at St. Peter Street, just behind St. Louis Cathedral. From classic hand-cut wool hats, casual caps in many styles, to Ecuadorian straw Panama hats woven by hand — this most necessary of Southern accessories completes the look of the New Orleans man with flair, and personalized service helps you choose the styles best for you.
This newly opened “NOLA Outfitter” is situated on a shade-filled block of Baronne Street in Downtown. Owners Frank D’Amico and Jacques Couvillon have carefully selected a high-quality assortment of upscale men’s clothes that make a statement and reflect your personal style — whether it’s the Hamptons look, dressy casual, or something unique for your next night out at a hot restaurant or dinner with friends, they’ll send you out looking your best.
Woolrich, Ben Sherman, Jack Spade, Parke and Ronen, MRKT, Havaianas are a few of the lines they carry, and Fraques also carries carefully selected goods for the home like vibrant paintings by local artist Michael Guidry, bicycles, lighting, books on travel and design, and more.
Farther Uptown on Magazine Street on a crowded block of boutique stores sits one of the newest menswear stores in New Orleans. Pelican Coast offers local handmade button-down sport shirts — beautifully tailored and vibrant men’s dress shirts in two fits and more than a dozen unique patterns, plus locally made belts, and South Louisiana inspired patterned neckties (think crabs and other Louisiana seafood, jazz musicians, and second lines). They also carry a line of boys clothing, and with plans to expand their local-made offerings, Pelican Coast Clothing is one local company to watch.
With so much shopping to do in New Orleans, it’s hard to pick just five places! So I must mention several other great local stores.
For those “Only in New Orleans” T-shirts that will be the envy of your friends back home, pay a visit to one of the Dirty Coast stores for artfully inspired tees in a never-ending assortment of locally printed styles.
Billy Reid’s New Orleans outpost offers impeccable suits, sweaters, shirts, shoes and more in his corner store on Magazine Street.
Not only a great place for a dapper men’s haircut and a shave, Aidan Gill for Men has all the men’s grooming products you’ll need, as well as small gifts and accessories to complete the look. Next door, Branch Out offers sustainable fashions for men and women, including comfy clothes and cool wallets.
Photos by Paul Broussard