A Top Ten list of London’s best menswear fashion stores (plus a handful of others throughout England)
Compiled independently by London Fashion Review Blog
In no particular order….
Founded by Michael Kopleman and Fraser Cooke of board-wear label Gimme 5, The Hideout first opened its doors in 1998 on Upper James Street in London’s Soho. Formerly known as ‘Hit and Run’, The Hideout is one of Britain’s best known streetwear boutiques, attracting customers from as far away as America and Japan. With a bright, yet minimalist interior, the emphasis of this menswear boutique has always been on the exclusive collections – The Hideout was the first store outside of Japan and America to sell streetwear brand such as Bathing Ape, Supreme, Visvim and Let it Ride. Other top fashion labels available include Stussy, Levis, Nike, Vans, Head Porter and British Remains.
Visit The Hideout at 7 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DH.
Alternatively, you can shop the offerings from The Hideout online store, here.
Previously best known for launching Liberty’s menswear department, renowned fashion buyer Simon Spiteri has a menswear retail space of his own – Anthem. With such an expert behind the boutique, it’s no surprise that Anthem stocks some of the finest international and domestic menswear boutique brands, including, Folk, Our Legacy, Solemate, Oliver Spencer, Rag and Bone and Commes Des Garcons.
Visit Anthem at 10-12 Calvert Avenue, Shoreditch, London, E2J EP
Visit the official Anthem website
Housed in a contemporary space in London’s trendy Shoreditch is top menswear boutique, Present. The industrial-style retail space offers a carefully-chosen selection of apparel, clothing, shoes, accessories, magazines, books and design objects. As well as selling their own brand products, Present stocks the collections from some of the world’s top menswear brands, including Eley Kishimoto, Billionaires Boys Club, Kitsune, Nigel Cabourn, Pendleton, Brooks and London Undercover – Present is a must visit for fans of heritage, ‘working mans’ fashion. Caffeine lovers can finish off their visit to Present, by picking up a coffee from the Square Mile coffee concession within the store.
Visit Present at 140 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JE
Alternatively, you can shop select products from the Present online boutique, here.
Founded in 2010 in East London, Hostem offers a completely unique menswear retail experience. Designed by interior design duo JAMESPLUMB, Hostem steers away from the sleek and minimalist modern fittings usually favoured by retailers and instead has a stripped down, yet stylish interior. Restored materials include original Victorian floorboards, hand painted Hessian walls and a church pew that doubles as a front desk. The menswear boutique has three separate rooms, dedicated to luxe streetwear, avant garde design and an ever evolving third room that has in the past been a one room hotel, a Victoria pharmacy and a free exhibition space for young design talent.
Visit Hostem at 41-43 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ
Alternatively, you can shop the offerings from the Hostem online store, here.
Son of a Stag:
Trading for over 15 years and with decades of experience on the team, Son of a Stag is the capital’s denim specialist, located down London’s trendy Brick Lane in the impressive Old Truman Brewery building. Often featuring exclusive denim lines that can’t be found anywhere else, the Son of a Stag brand portfolio also consists of hard to find products from around the globe, from USA to Sweden, Japan to Holland. The Son of a Stag brands include Edwin Jeans, Levis, Kuro Jeans, Commonplace, Sunspel, Eat Dust, Gloverall, Sperry Shoes and Loake 1880.
Son of a Stag also offers a chain stitch service using the original Union Special Chain Stitch machines and original threads from Edwin, Levis, and Lee etc. So pop in, browse the store and get your jeans hemmed or customised while you wait.
Visit Son of a Stag at The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Alternatively, you can shop the offerings 24/7 at the Son of a Stag online store, here.
Originally launched as ‘When We Were Casuals’, in 2007, Number Six is the joint venture of childhood friends and fashion industry veterans Chris Dacey and Mark Batista. In March 2010 the store underwent an over hall, and When We Were Casuals became Number Six. A whole host of menswear brands including Oliver Spencer, Heritage Research, Grenson, Libertine and Filson, were added to the brand profile of timeless key labels such as Clarks, Barbour and Adidas Originals. Number Six also stocks a selection of hard to find pieces and is responsible for introducing a number of key styles and brands to the UK market. For example, German brand Seil Marchall had never been sold in the UK, before it hit the shelves of Number Six.
Due to the success of the menswear boutique on Brick Lane, Number Six have recently opened a second store in Hampstead, North West London.
Visit Number Six at 6 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, London, E1 6QL
Alternatively, shop the Number Six brand profile on their online store, here.
“b store brilliantly taps into the psyche of modern men’s tastes while respecting the tradition of heritage clothing.” – Adrian Clark, Style Director, Shortlist.
Originally founded in 2001, the b Store brand started life as a menswear footwear line. The b Store boutique opened the same year, with the aim of launching the brand to the international market, as well as showcasing the graduate collections of new design talent, helping to launch the careers of many young designers. In 2006 b Store relocated to its current residence on London’s iconic Savile Row and expanded its own brand offering to include a unisex clothing range to accompany their menswear offering. A dedicated womenswear b Store range was launched in 2010 and, like the menswear line, is designed in-house by chief designers Matthew Murphy and Kirk Beattie.
In late 2011/early 2012, the Savile Row b Store boutique shut its doors due to property redevelopment, relocating to a two-level store on Kingly St (wedged between Carnaby St and Regent St).
B Store stocks collaborations with the likes of Liberty and Gloverall, along with many other like-minded brands including, Dean Edmonds, Sophie Hulme, Opening Ceremony, Christian Wijnants and Our Legacy.
Visit b Store at 21 Kingly St, London, W1B 5QA
Alternatively, you can shop the b store collections on their online boutique, here.
Dover Street Market:
“I want to create a kind of market where various creators from various fields gather together and encounter each other in an ongoing atmosphere of beautiful chaos: the mixing up and coming together of different kindred souls who all share a strong personal vision.” – Rei Kawakubo
With concept and design by Commes des Garcons founder, Rei Kawakubo, Dover Street Market is a unique avant-garde concept shopping destination. Dover Street Market features a plethora of top designer concessions over six storeys in a building off London’s Piccadilly. Each designer concession has a unique and interesting presentation and hours can be spent browsing through the contemporary-art like installations. New designer editions and spaces are added regularly, with current designer concessions including Casey Vidalenc, Lanvin Mens, Casely-Hayford, JW Anderson, Raf Simons, Tom Binns, Cutler and Gross and Visvim.
After walking through all six storeys, you can recharge your batteries with a sweet treat from the Rose Bakery on the top floor. When planning a visit, it’s important to consider the biannual ‘Tachiagari’, in which Dover Street Market is completely shut down to, give all six stories a complete overhaul.
Visit Dover Street Market at 17-18 Diver Street, London, W1S 4LT
Alternatively, you can visit the Dover Street Market e-shop, here.
Sisters Louise and Georgie opened the first Hub boutique in London’s Stoke Newington in 2002, dedicated solely to womenswear. Thanks to the success of the womenswear boutique and due to popular demand, the sisters opened a dedicated menswear boutique in December of 2004. With the styling of a Gentleman’s outfitters and the relaxed comfort of a cosy old drawing room, Hub menswear is not only a place to shop, but also a place to relax. Hub’s third shop, stocking both menswear and womenswear opened in the Spring of 2011 on East London’s Broadway Market. The menswear boutique stocks their in-house menswear label, Yarn as well as some of the finest menswear labels including, Ally Capellino, True Grace, Universal Works, Barbour, Won Hundred, D.S. Dundee, Three Over One, Hudson and Folk.
Visit the Hub boutique at any of their 3 locations:
– 49 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AR
– 88 Stoke Newington Church Street London
– 2A Ada Street, Broadway Market, London , E8 4QU
Alternatively, you can shop Hub collection on their online boutique, here.
Sefton was founded in 1999 by Ben Elsdale in London’s Islington, to fill the need for unique and independent fashion store to cater for the increasingly stylish, young professionals moving into the area. The concept menswear boutique has gone on to showcase the best in domestic and international menswear brands, alongside Sefton’s own-brand label which hit the shelves in 2010. The eclectic mix of menswear brands includes, Sunspel, Edwin, Moncler, Sefton, Barbour, Levis, Sixpack France and Gloverall.
For the woman in your life, it may be of interest to know that in 2003, a dedicated womenswear Sefton boutique opened across the street from the menswear boutique.
Visit Sefton at 196 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ
Alternatively, you can shop from the Sefton brands on the Sefton online boutique, here.
Couverture and the Garbstore:
Situated in London’s trendy Notting Hill, Couverture and the Garbstore, is a strictly independent concept boutique, which launched in 2008 and being voted ‘Cult Shop’ that same year by The Times. Covering 3 storeys, the ground floor and upper floor featuring collections from sister company Couverture. The middle floor features an exceptional mix of international and European labels including, Eat Dust, Norse Projects, Folk, Pointer, Lightening Bolt, Lodon Undercover, Garbstore and Yuketen.
Visit Couverture and the Garbstore at 188 Kensington Park Road, Portobello, London W11 2ES
Alternatively, you can also shop the handpicked Couverture & the Garbstore labels on the online boutique, here.
Launching in Leeds in 2008 with their first boutique, Kiosk 78 recently opened a second store in one of North Yorkshire’s historic market towns, Wetherby, in the Summer of 2011. The dedicated menswear boutique stocks an exclusive selection of brands from around the world including, Yoshida, Anderson’s, Barbour, Fred Perry, Dockers, Nudie Jeans, Pretty Green, Lyle & Scott Vintage, Universal Works, Skull Jeans and Penfield. Kiosk 78 is always on the lookout for new labels to expand their ever growing brand profile, making their boutiques a must visit shopping destination when up north.
Visit Kiosk 78 at one of their two boutiques:
– B8 – The Balcony, Corn Exchange, Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BR
– 33 High Street, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS22 6LR
Alternatively, shop the Kiosk 78 brands on their online store, here.
Launched in late 2008 by Max Wadsworth, Ideology Boutique is located in Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter, with the aim offering functional menswear alongside innovative and contemporary brands. Ideology certainly does this, offering a wide selection of brands from throughout the globe including, YMC, Common Projects, Ally Capellino, Oak Street Bootmakers, Veja, Our Legacy, Field Notes, A.P.C and Cheap Monday. Each season Ideology Boutique looks to expand their brand profile by seeking and introducing new and exciting brands, designers and collaborations, so stay up to date with the ideology website.
Visit the Ideology Boutique at Unit 11, The Forum, 127 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB
Alternatively, shop the labels from the Ideology Boutique’s brand profile on their online boutique, here.
Steve Sanderson and Nigel Lawson founded Oi Polloi in 2002 on Manchester’s Tib Street, “with a vision of putting together the ultimate selection of classic, functional outerwear with innovative contemporary labels and a serious arsenal of casual footwear.” Since then the independent menswear boutique has continued to grow, and soon became internationally renowned for offering the finest brands with the addition of its e-commerce store. To accommodate the expansion, Oi Polloi relocated from the small Tib Street store to its 1,600 square foot residence on Thomas Street.
The larger Thomas Street store is light and airy featuring lots of blonde wood and glass cabinets, giving the boutique a minimalist yet cosy feel. It is the perfect space to fully showcase the wide and varied collection of brands, which includes, Brooks, Oliver Spencer, Clarks Originals, Lavenham, Ralph Lauren, Kelty Vintage, Barbour, Stone Island, MHL by Margaret Howell and Filson.
Visit Oi Polloi at 63 Thomas Street, Manchester, M4 1LQ
Alternatively, visit the world renowned Oi Polloi e-boutique, here.
Launched in 2005 on Newcastle’s High Bridge Street, End Clothing aims to bring the best menswear brands from around the world together, in a relaxed, informal and no pressure shopping environment. Split over two storeys, End Clothing only stocks the brands they love -the finest in high-end sportswear, streetwear and outerwear. The impressive End brand profile includes, Grenson, Fred Perry Laurel Wreath, Adidas, Acne, Human Made, Woolrich Woolen Mills, Sebago, Paul Smith Jeans, Barbour,, Carhartt, Moncler and Mackintosh.
In Autumn of 2009, End opened their second store, the concept boutique, End Hunting Co., which stocks only the finest premium menswear in an environment reminiscent of an old hunting lodge.
Visit the End Clothing boutique at 4-6 High Bridge Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 1EN.
Alternatively shop the offerings from End Clothing on their online boutique, here.
List compiled in 2012!