Guest article by JaRon Marshall
Austin is a vibrant city filled with a myriad of choices when it comes to nightlife spots, which taqueria to hit up, and which live music event to experience. No matter the occasion, dress to impress by hitting one of these 10 Austin-based clothing stores where you can find one-of-a-kind menswear.
1/ Service Menswear
Located in the eclectic South Congress district, this menswear-dedicated boutique is a one-stop shop. You can find casual staples at Service Menswear, as well as statement pieces for the modern man.
Venture in if you’re looking to snatch some modern Americana staples, like a snug-fitting pair of khakis and a classic, basic t-shirt. Combos like this will enrich your casual Saturday brunch excursion look. When you want to take things up a notch, go for the well-curated selection of premium denim from in-demand brands, like Naked & Famous.
A local fixture for 14 years, Service Menswear lives up to its name, going above and beyond to provide customers with a one-of-a-kind service experience. These feats haven’t gone unnoticed, as the store has been featured in a variety of national publications, such as GQ and The Wall Street Journal.
1400 S. Congress Ave. #A160 — Website
2/ Penny Luck
I was introduced to this local shoe brand while attending an Austin Fashion Week event. Penny Luck hosts frequent pop-ups around town, boasting a military-inspired Hummer. When this unique company isn’t making the rounds, its team goes the extra mile with their simple but effective philosophy of “luck.”
Founder Brian Munoz interviewed several of his business idols and they all gifted him with the same advice: to be successful, you need hard work, risk, and luck. Because the penny is an American symbol of luck, Munoz wants people to carry that luck with them everywhere, so the company embeds an actual penny in each shoe sole.
This social good company also spreads good cheer by donating to Purple Heart Foundation to aid veterans afflicted by PTSD. So not only can you land a pair of built-to-last boots or dress shoes, but you can lend a helping hand to someone in need.
2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. — Website
This giant of Austin fashion has been open for 40 years. And ByGeorge won’t be slowing down in the near future. For connoisseurs of luxe goods, this place is a great option.
One of the main proprietors of luxury clothing in the city, ByGeorge enables you to purchase menswear brands in-store, such as Maison Margiela, Saturday’s NYC, Dries Van Noten, Stone Island, and Oliver.
Perfect for the modern man who still wants to put his trust in the fashion houses of old, here you can get your hands on trustworthy brands that will never go out of style.
Multiple locations — Website
4/ Blue Velvet Vintage
Austin is home to many vintage shops. You can’t go wrong with any of them, really, but one of the best in town is Blue Velvet Vintage.
My favorite attribute of this shop is clothes are categorized based on time period, fabrication, and other modifiers that make it easy for you to find exactly what you’re looking for. Blue Velvet has its finger on the pulse of the now, and clothing racks reflect that dedicated curation process.
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Slide through the doors next time you want to update your look with vintage. It’s a great stop for the eccentric, and I highly recommend my fellow musicians patronize this shop next time they need an outfit for a show or photo shoot.
To find more second-hand shops, check out Austin Vintage Guide.
217 W. North Loop — Website
5/ Bykowski Tailor & Garb
For those seeking a proprietor of rustic clothing with an edge, look no further than Bykowski Tailor & Garb. The custom option allows you to flaunt your own eclectic tastes, while working alongside a passionate team.
Areas of specialization include Edwardian and Prohibition-era suiting for the man who fancies either iconic look. Although these styles were of the greatest prominence before World War I, this modern haberdashery caters to the 21st century man.
Bykowski’s approach to menswear adapts to both “stage and life.” For people who perform on stage, this Austin shop has catered to looks for both television and the big screen. So there is no need to doubt the staff’s ability to achieve a noteworthy look.
No matter what your day-to-day holds, seek these tailored looks for special events or a formal gathering. For everyday wear, look to the classic menswear staples that elevate any fresh look, such as “The Falcon In Rust,” a wide-brimmed hat made to order.
411 Brazos St. #110 — Website
6/ STAG Provisions for Men
Another clothing shop along South Congress Avenue, with a newer location at Domain Northside, STAG Provisions for Men is highly regarded by the consumers of our wonderful city.
STAG is specifically known for its wide array of classic Americana wear and menswear goods. The stores cater to the modern gentleman likened to style icons like Steve McQueen, James Dean, Keith Richards, and Willie Nelson.
Handpicked pieces fit the mold of this ideology, and the proprietors of STAG only go with brands they personally love and respect. You can’t miss this local option if you’re looking to piece together a versatile Americana look.
1423 S. Congress Ave. — Website
7/ Second Looks
A consignment store that specializes in high-end, men’s-only clothing, Second Looks is a special place if you want a statement piece without the statement price.
At this menswear store, you can get huge discounts on classic brands such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Bahama, and Psycho Bunny. A perfect stop for the well-dressed man who wants to bring it, Second Looks offers everything you need, even a tuxedo for the price of a typical tuxedo rental.
Second Looks is a great spot if you have a formal event coming up, and want to curb expense in the clothing department to focus your attention elsewhere.
4107 S. Capital of Texas Hwy. — Website
8/ Capra & Cavelli
Named one of the 100 Best Stores in America by Esquire and Best Men’s Store in Austin American-Statesman, Capra & Cavelli is made for the luxury consumer. The quality of this shop cannot be denied as one of the best around. Its culture boasts the highest level of personalized service.
Although Capra & Cavelli’s well-stocked catalog has several ready-to-wear options, this haberdashery is a giant in the land of bespoke clothing. Customization is always an important option for any man who wants to look his absolute best.
The team of sales consultants and tailors ensure every customer gets exactly what he walked in the door to find. This high-end shop adorns Austin with an array of luxury goods that are simply built to last.
3500 Jefferson St. #110 — Website
Co-Star is also located in the South Congress district. This high-end boutique does a great job curating some of the most current pieces. The now-inspired collection has goods that will suit you during any season.
Piece together looks that are perfect for daytime or nighttime, going out on the town, or traveling in style. Visit Co-Star if you need to know the most sought-after looks right now, and partake in today’s trends while maintaining your personal touch.
1708 S. Congress Ave. — Website
10/ Waterman Supply Co.
This staple on the eastside is Austin’s longest-running skate shop, which by default makes it a great place to land some street wear. Street wear is essentially the marriage of skate gear, hip hop clothing, and grunge, all of which came to prominence during the late ’80s and early ’90s.
Waterman Supply Co. has some of the most essential sneakers brands such as Vans and Adidas, so frequent this spot to stay on your good foot. If you’re an actual skater, look out for the Austin Logo skate deck that bolsters our city’s name in a “Supreme”-esque font.
1011 E. 6th St. — Website
@theAustinot wants to know:
Where do you go in Austin for menswear that makes you feel dapper and stylish?
JaRon Marshall is a keyboardist, music maker, jazz lover, hip-hop head, and fashion lover originally from southern Louisiana. He’s been living in Austin for almost three years now.