It's one thing to be an old record store — they're becoming more rare by the minute. But it's quote another to be the oldest record store in the world. That title is held by Spillers Records. Established in 1894, this landmark store pre-dates vinyl, as it offered phonographs, wax phonograph cylinders and shellac phonograph discs when it opened. Today, it sells a solid selection of vinyl and CDs at competitive prices — but while what you pay might be fair, you can't put a price on history.
It's one thing to be on the lookout for handcrafted, vintage sports apparel. It's another to be able to buy it from the same place it's made. And that's exactly what you can do at Ebbets Field Flannels. Their new flagship store houses not only a shop but also a production room where they cut, sew, press, and otherwise build the fantastic items available up front — which include faithful reproductions of historic baseball jerseys, caps, and jackets, as well as tees and accessories. Oh, and be sure to pay attention to the gymnasium bleachers, lockers, and locker room benches, all of which were salvaged from a local high school.
Finding a decent dress shirt at the department store or mall is possible — it's just a pain. Finding one at Ledbury is easy. Housed in a repurposed tobacco warehouse, this storefront sells shirts that are made with Italian fabrics, sport details like mother-of-pearl buttons, and are cut with less fabric in the waist and torso for a more flattering look. It doesn't hurt that the place looks amazing, too — from the Tecumseh portrait to the dressing rooms built out of wood from the co-founder's family farm.
It's not the biggest record store around, so don't expect to find a huge selection there. That said, what 12 Tónar lacks in size, it makes up for in excellent curation and charm. Located in the heart of the city, this unique little shop is set up for extended browsing, offering multiple places to sit down, listen to music, read magazines, enjoy a free espresso or tea, or just meet up with other interesting individuals — including regulars Björk and Sigur Rós. And thanks to their doubling as a record label, they frequently host concerts, too, with summer Fridays set aside for live music outside in their garden.
Don't expect to find any frills, facials, massages, or other unnecessary nonsense at Joe's Barbershop. Established in 1968, the shop is — for better or worse, but we think better — essentially unchanged since it moved to its current digs in 1985. Offering haircuts, shaves, and nothing else, this Logan Square institution is run by the shop's namesake and his son — fittingly named Joe Jr. — and prides itself on great conversation and friendly service dished out on a first-come, first served basis.
We hesitate to call it a department store — it's way cooler than that — but the new flagship Todd Snyder Townhouse store is far more than just another clothing shop. Spread across three floors, this unique destination offers a tailor shop, whiskey bar serving Stumptown coffee, and a floor of carefully curated items. And while the store certainly carries co-branded products from Alden, Champion, Superior Labor, and Tricker's, it also stocks the latest and greatest from the likes of Aesop, Leica, and Moscot.
While Los Angeles might be better known for its high fashion and ocean-friendly outfits than for rugged outdoor style, that doesn't mean you can't find some of the latter while in town. In fact, Tanner Goods LA is the new place to head for such things while in SoCal. Located downtown not far from the new Ace Hotel, this spacious shop offers a full range of Tanner's fine leather goods — ranging from belts and bags to leather notebook holsters — as well as clothing and accessories curated by the company's Woodlands brand. Oh, and be sure to give the jukebox a spin while you're there.
Some record stores sell CDs. Some sell movies, too. Breakaway Records sells neither. Instead, like a true record store, it sells nothing but vinyl, with both new and used albums on offer. The selection covers virtually every genre and encompasses recordings from the 1920s all the way up through current day — with special attention payed to the sounds of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. And don't worry if you don't have anything to play them yet: the store also sells quality vintage turntables, receivers, and speakers.
You go to the pharmacy to get medicine and other stuff for your body. You head to Pharmacie to get stuff for your home. This Uptown shop is filled with interesting goods, including items like apothecary, lighting, pillows, jewelry and accessories, barware, and decorative pieces. A few pieces of furniture are available as well, but you can rest assured no matter what grabs your eye that it'll be a quality item with enough panache to not be boring, yet enough class that it won't be out of style anytime soon. [Scouted by Seth]
While the finer details might differ, odds are any dress shirts you pick up at the local mall are going to be like all the rest. Which is what makes Mizzen+Main so interesting. Their signature shirts features moisture wicking fabric that stretches four ways, letting them move with you, as well as athletic cuts and the ability to go from washer to ready-to-wear in just 16 hang dried minutes. In addition, their Short North flagship store also highlights a wide range of third-party goods, including Hook + Albert socks, lapel flowers, and pocket squares, Allen Edmonds shoes, bags from Sword & Plough and Monte & Coe, sunglasses from Shwood, and Stalward and Pierrepont Hicks ties — making it easy to put together an entire outfit in one stop.
Hong Kong is home to some of the world's best shopping — but if you're looking for a great suit, you'd be wise to skip the usual suspects and make a stop at The Armoury. Founded in 2010, this curated men's haberdasher carries a carefully curated selection of both ready-to-wear and custom offerings from high-quality makers and producers. Whether you're in the market for a shirt, tie, accessory, shoes, jacket, or an entire suit, they'll have you looking your best in short time. Not ready to cross the ocean in the name of fashion? That's okay — luckily for you, they just recently opened an outpost in NYC.
It might sit in a far-off suburb of Atlanta, but there's nothing small town about the work being done at All or Nothing Tattoo. Staffed by a huge roster of award-winning artists — including the legendary Brandon Bond, Dave Tedder, Mike McMahon, and many more. If you doubt their credibility, one look at the huge collections of awards and trophies should put your mind at ease, and while they do accept walk-ins, they are also super-popular — among tattoo aficionados, celebrities, and professional athletes alike — so you might want to book an appointment first.