Sure, all your mister has to do to get ready for a party is run a comb through his hair and throw on a suit jacket, but men like to get all spiffied up too, or they pretend they do anyway.
Trade Men’s Wares (trademenswares.com; 822 N. Broadway Ave.; 371-2574) is a new pop-up shop open in historic Automobile Alley on Fridays and Saturdays until Christmas. Owners Lukus Collins and Hunter Goodman hope to have a full, permanent store running sometime in the spring. In the meantime, you can shop a carefully selected array of “rugged sophistication for the modern gentleman.”
Trade carries men’s accessories — hats, ties, bow ties, wallets, handkerchiefs, etc. — as well as clothing with an air of old-school sophistication. Your bearded better half can choose from tweed jackets, corduroy pants and thick sweaters that will stay in style and last a lifetime. Goodman said the shop strives to offer timeless items that can be passed down through generations, and that’s exactly what you will find.
Ambassador Shop (ambassadorshop.com; 1001 W. Memorial Rd; 755-1588) has been in business since 1972, providing the men of OKC with classic, well-made suits that stand the test of time. The shop sells everything you need to look your best from head to toe, and the excellent sales staff will make sure of it. If your man is the type who believes no suit is complete without cufflinks, this is definitely the place for him.
To add a modern twist to a classic look, visit Steven Giles (stevengilesclothing.com; 5850 N. Classen Blvd.; 607-4633) at Classen Curve. This gentlemen’s clothier offers quality suits tailored to impress. You’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for. Giles carries virtually every pattern you could think of ― from classic black to plaid, pinstripe and brighter, more relaxed and trendy shades. If you need inspiration, feel free to consult Cary Grant and Fred Astaire; they’re keeping an eye on you from atop a shelf.
Shop Good (shopgoodokc.com; 3 NW Ninth St.; 702-0517) is perfect for men who prefer to go for a more laid-back look. The store is full of khakis, button-up shirts, sweaters and quirky t-shirts, and you can even pick up difficult-to-find items like braces —―or suspenders, if you prefer —― and crocheted bowties. As a bonus, you can feel especially good about your purchases since Shop Good only sells products that have been produced responsibly. They also donate a portion of all sales to charity.
Let’s shop, OKC!