In a city filled with great shopping, it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Such it is with Tokyo and Bloom & Branch. This new shop features a modern, yet distinctly Japanese interior of white walls, warm woods, black steel shelves, and exposed concrete, all of which serve as a backdrop to the selection of clothes, shoes, and accessories, including items from their three house labels as well as carefully selected pieces from trusted labels. Oh, and there's also a professional shoeshine bar, and a coffee shop should you need a few minutes to contemplate your purchases. [via]
Looking for some killer vintage audio equipment? If you're anywhere near SoCal, you should hit up Rewind Audio. Located just off Sunset Blvd., this beloved shop offers quality vintage turntables, receivers, amps, speakers, as well as the occasional album. Just be sure you're ready to buy, because with a faithful following and a constantly changing inventory, odds are good that if you see something you want, it won't be there the next time you return.
If you have the same passion for great booze as you do for staying well-groomed, you owe it to yourself to make a trip to The Whiskey Barber. Founded by a former bartender, this friendly shop plays host to a "Bottle Club" that encourages you to bring in your favorite bottle of hooch to have on hand when you come in for one of their signature cuts, shaves, or trims. They supply the ice — if you want — and the glassware, so all you need is an appointment and a thirst.
You could stop by a killer comic shop for some cool office decorations, stop by a boutique for some cool clothes, and then hit up a sneaker shop for some cool kicks. Or you could just make a visit to Bait. In addition to killer sneaker collaborations, this unique shop offers a wide range of comic and pop culture toys, artwork, and a well-curated selection of clothes. It's a one-stop shop for all goods worthwhile.
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.