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The Best Menswear Stores in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / February 3, 2011

Menswear TorontoThe best menswear stores in Toronto is a list that definitely benefited from some new entrants in 2010. As most men in Toronto will suggest, the landscape for menswear in Toronto is sparse compared to other metropolitan cities. You know this, I know this and the retailers trying to fill that void know this.

Although every menswear boutique in Toronto may not necessarily appeal to every Toronto man, the complexity in how these retailers determine what they carry is admirable in itself. From house brands to major labels and everything in between, what Toronto lacks in variety, it makes up in how savvy its private retailers are of mass-produced chains cornering Toronto's men's market.

It's not easy curating a collection of garments that are interesting and appealing enough for consumers to selectively invest in.With fast-fashion retailers wooing consumers with high-end looks at budget-conscious pricing, the age-old adage of "you get what you pay for," rings especially true when it usually means a compromise in quality and point of view. Disposable clothing this list is not.

Behold, the best spots for menswear in Toronto.

Writing by Rafay Agha

Sydney's

Sydney's

Sydney’s understated interior puts the focus on the clothing, footwear and accessories they carry. Just as neat and streamlined as their fixtures, the expansive collection of brands, from Jil Sander suits, Dries Van Noten knits to Montreal denim brand, Naked and Famous, is carefully edited to appeal to the style savvy. Denim is obviously Sydney’s forte as this boutique serves as a great alternative to the usual high-end denim-toting haunts that can be crowded by more quantity rather than quality. More »

Gotstyle

Gotstyle

Quite easily the most “accessible,” menswear boutique in the city. Their commitment to reach out to the hard-pressed, style-oblivious man via a very active social media presence makes them a familiar destination. Gotstyle is the type of independent store where every man is welcome and a friendly staff is usually always eager to help discerning and clueless customers alike. Suits and shirts come either off the rack or made to measure. A compliment of brands help this top-to-bottom retailer (and spa) remain a Toronto favorite. More »

Jonathan + Olivia

Jonathan + Olivia

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Rather than fighting to compete with major retail, J+O literally took them in. A boutique within a boutique, J+O carries selected pieces from British fast-fashion retailer, TopShop as well as TopMan. Aside from this, they carry a compliment of compelling in-the-know menswear brands such as Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders and Rag & Bone to name a few. It's a one stop way to mix and match high street with understated luxe. More »

Model Citizen

Model Citizen

Sick of serious? Quirky, whimsical and often kitschy without the crazy, Model Citizen is a Kensington favourite for both men and women. While the clothes may not be as heavy- handed as some of their contemporaries, mission to showcase Toronto talent is not to be taken lightly. A great selection of private labels tees, ties and shirts created by local designers and artists line the walls and fill the tables. When sporting their wares, prepare yourself to get stopped on the street and asked about where you got them. Oh yeah, and tell the giant marlin on the wall that we sent you. More »

Nomad

Nomad

With a new location on Queen West to complement their existing space on Richmond, Nomad offers a well-curated selection of lifestyle goods and garments ranging from heritage brands to emerging designers and established labels alike. The exposed brick in their new digs makes for the perfect backdrop to brands such as Comme Des Garcons, Rag & Bone and exclusives such as A.P.C. and Common Projects. With a staff consisting of fashion plates, shopping at Nomad is often heralded as one of Toronto’s best by loyal customers. More »

Uncle Otis

Uncle Otis

Aside from some of the usual offenders (Canada Goose, Converse, Nixon and Lacoste to name a few) the assortment of on-trend items at this Yorkville staple always tries to best reflect their customer. The laidback vibe makes every boot, jacket, belt and duffle bag seem like a must-have wardrobe staple. Knowing when to snatch up that coveted designer collaboration versus waiting for the odd markdown make this a frequent stop worth paying attention to. More »

Discussion

62 Comments

JoeParez / February 3, 2011 at 09:53 am
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It's about time there was a list about this!! Cool, can't wait to check some of these stores out.
Joe / February 3, 2011 at 10:11 am
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A good list but cannot leave Serpentine out, one of the best men's clothing stores in Toronto. You can't go shopping without stopping by at Serpentine, the friendliest owners ever !
Greg / February 3, 2011 at 10:23 am
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Gotsytle! haha, that place should be in vaughn. Serpintine is alright, I just prefer a little more space to breathe.

Definitely glad stollerys is not on this list (never assumed it would be). If you want a Barbour, they are one of the few places in TO to get one, but again, frickin hawks. I need some air.

J+O gets my vote, but good list nonetheless.
Adam / February 3, 2011 at 11:22 am
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Gotstyle is a great place. Loved my suit that I got there. Very nice sales staff as well.
blurgo / February 3, 2011 at 11:24 am
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Decibel is #10
Ryan L. / February 3, 2011 at 11:27 am
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Holy Queen West Batman. I think this is the most Queen West condensed list I've ever seen on here.
John Edgar / February 3, 2011 at 11:28 am
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There was a while I visited Gotstyle daily, mostly because their staff are so nice it was amazing to just go hang out. They also carry some really excellent lines like Gregory Allen, Drykorn, Pal Zileri, Mose Knuckles etc. All in all, love that place!! My fav mens clothing store in Toronto by far. :)
Dawn Mills / February 3, 2011 at 11:30 am
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What a surprise! All the top choices are west of Yonge!
Prices / February 3, 2011 at 11:35 am
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Useless without prices. There's "Best Menswear" for $1500 t-shirts, and then there's "Best Menswear" for $15.00 t-shirts, and never the twain shall meet. You know how restaurant reviews include an icon for pricing: $, $$, $$$, $$$$? You need that for ALL of your fashion review articles.
Matt / February 3, 2011 at 11:40 am
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Love GotStyle! Great store with great service! Have been in a few times and even had a custom dress shirt made there.

I also really respect that they are constantly interacting with their customer base on Twitter. It's great for any business to have that kind of relationship with the people who spend their hard-earned cash there.
Steven / February 3, 2011 at 11:47 am
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Jonathan + Olivia is really overpriced. Topshop and Topman ship to Canada (and very cheaply too.) And you don't have to put up with the unfriendly staff. I like Sydney's and Klaxon Howl a lot.
Eastender / February 3, 2011 at 11:57 am
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The top choices are, literally, west of Yonge.

Don't blame the list curator. If you live in the east, look into starting a shop!
hammy / February 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm
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what about The Bay???
HELLO
allen / February 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm
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everytime i go to nomad I see this guy with a falcon beak nose yelling and talking so loud.
the funny thing is when he walks around he puffs out his chest like a bird.

otherwise cool shop
TraderZed / February 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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GotStyle eh? Never liked the place... staff is friendly and the brands are OK, but whoever is doing their buying needs to do a better job.
alley kat / February 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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Uhhh... Tom's Place in Kensington Market?
Curious / February 3, 2011 at 12:28 pm
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Theodore 1922 and that new place in Koreatown, anyone have any experience with them?
Thom replying to a comment from alley kat / February 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm
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Tom's Place is to a real menswear shop what Costco potato salad is to Pommes Dauphinoise.
Ming Jones replying to a comment from Prices / February 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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I agree with Prices - prices should be factored in or at least identify for us what are your criteria for best menswear store.
Ming Jones replying to a comment from Thom / February 3, 2011 at 12:48 pm
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Tom's Place to me is more of a men's suit store but don't knock them because they do have great prices and great suits. I don't know what Costco's potato salad is like but I and many million others like their baguettes.
Jorge / February 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm
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Rafay's list is op-ed piece. No criteria listed here. No voting. Just one man's opinion. I assume these are random and not a ranking (Gotstyle no.2 - Sorry, no) and I hope what he really meant was "best NON-chain stores".

Deserving of the list.

- Sydney's is tight. Well edited.
- Jonathan & Olivia, small men's section and not as broad in appeal
- Nomad, great brands if you can overlook the attitude of the staff
- Uncle Otis, the veteran's of the list. Been around this long with good reason
- Klaxon Howl. Cool store, coolest name.
- Green Shag. Fun, not a fan of the shirts, but they're so damn original they deserve the list
- Ruins. One quick visit, will reserve comment.

Not deserving of the list.
- Model Citizen. Not enough 'menswear' to be on this list but I'd put it on the list of 'best places to buy a t-shirt without getting ripped off' or 'stores most likely to put a smile on your face'
- Gotstyle. Weak concept....spotty service. I like the barber idea (how about Barbour) and the new space but the buying?? Top of the list of "stores most guilty of shameless self promotion without merit"
qwerty / February 3, 2011 at 01:03 pm
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Will shopping at these store make me dress like a man? or will I forever dress like a boy.
Winners is the way to go. Sales galore!
JS / February 3, 2011 at 01:43 pm
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Considering I usually shop at Value Village, which of these stores are the cheapest?
Dawn Mills replying to a comment from Eastender / February 3, 2011 at 02:12 pm
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Good point about opening a shop, but I do blame the list curator as there is a consistant bias towards the "best" of anything being located west of Yonge St...Sour grapes, maybe, but I have lived on both sides Yonge and the west isn't that much better.
Just sayin.
Raj replying to a comment from Jorge / February 3, 2011 at 02:13 pm
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Yeah this isn't a ranking as much as it is a list but I still found it very useful. I like Gotstyle and bought a couple of suits from them last year. The staff were friendly and unpretentious.
gtafunmuscle / February 3, 2011 at 02:56 pm
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cheaper to fly to hk and tokyo to get fashionable and inexpensive men's clothes.. we need uniqlo and muji here
canmark / February 3, 2011 at 02:58 pm
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Although I haven't been there in years, what about Boomer (also on Queen St. W.)?

The Bay on Queen keeps getting better, and they have a lot of sales (not just at the end of the season).

Holt Renfrew? Or anything up on Bloor?
Bruce Maus / February 3, 2011 at 03:01 pm
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I happily spent about $150 at the Gap recently on 2 merino wool v-neck sweaters, a button neck cable knit sweater, and a decent pair of jeans. You know what $150 gets you at most of the stores on this list? A t-shirt.

christine / February 3, 2011 at 03:32 pm
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nicely done rafay!
Ming / February 3, 2011 at 04:59 pm
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GotStyle is overrated - GotsToLeave
Not_ur_avg_jo / February 3, 2011 at 05:29 pm
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Great article Rafay!! But yes, I do have to agree with a lot of the comments... the Bay is a great destination for great brands (and prices/deals)!! :P
handfed / February 3, 2011 at 06:09 pm
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I've been to some of these stores and I like them. However, I wouldn't really call this stuff "menswear." For the most part, this stuff is useful if you're a 20-something out for drinks. Where are the real suits, the real US/Canadian-made shoes?
bullring / February 3, 2011 at 08:26 pm
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I'd be too intimidated to ever walk into one of these stores. I'll stick to banana republic and shopping online at jcrew.
S. / February 3, 2011 at 08:42 pm
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Stop calling the writer a list "curator". Stop using curator as the new lingo for anyone who puts together anything. I know you think it's hip to use the word this way but it's lame.
Kyle / February 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm
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I swear, half the comments on this thread must be from Gotstyle staff...or the owner. THAT STORE STANNNNNKS
mulatogelato / February 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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Ming, you're dead on....GotsToLeave. Most of these "ratings" are pretty easily manipulated. How hard is it to stuff the ballot box for the Now Toronto awards. My guess is this blog writer at blogto goes to every one of gotstyle's parties. They should win for best PR department. It's all entertaining but not the least bit credible.

"For every credibility gap there is a gullibility fill." ~ Richard Clopton
ObiWan / February 3, 2011 at 11:51 pm
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Good point Kyle and M'gelato. I mean really, where are all the shills for the other stores mentioned here? There aren't any because good stores don't have to BS and try to manipulate social media. How stupid does the Gotstyle management team think the public is?

I dig Klaxon Howl just because it's so different (and I am in no way affiliated with them)
Joe / February 4, 2011 at 12:11 am
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Try Holts or Harry Rosen. They have sales and you can get real clothes. Canali, Etro, Gucci... Those are good shirts. Maybe 180 per, but you'll like them more, you can wear them for years, and you'll look good without trying too hard.
Greg replying to a comment from bullring / February 4, 2011 at 01:48 am
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I totally understand. There can be a bit of offputting behaviour by staff that can't be good for expanding their repeat or business in general. If there were more of these stores, maybe prices would go down, or at least we would have a bigger selection of goods.
Greg replying to a comment from Joe / February 4, 2011 at 01:51 am
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I don't think it makes sense not to get MTM shirts at the 180$ price range. Unless you are exactly like the shirt's target size, no OTR shirt will fit well. This includes all shirts from Gap to Charvet.
amy williamson / February 4, 2011 at 03:57 pm
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what about Lavish and Squalor on Queen West, they have both ladies and amazing men's stuff too.

Also, BOOMER? that is my man's favourite!
http://twitter.com/#!/QueenWestBosley
bob replying to a comment from Dawn Mills / February 5, 2011 at 01:44 am
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How about you make a list of stores east of Yonge?

Couldn't? Didn't think so.
JonasBros. / February 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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This list shows an incredible bias. Very ignorant and uneducated list of the best shopping and menswear stores in Toronto. I would suggest the author tries going shopping. What people don't realize is that when you post "Top 10 Men's Wear......" you really should go out and find them. Albeit for a couple of great stores here, this list is junk.
D.C. / February 6, 2011 at 03:43 pm
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I am curious: is this list consist of the top stores that ONLY carry menswear? Is it only boutiques? Were retail stores with menswear sections considered? I ask this not because I have issue with anyone on this list, but because of the gross oversight of the authour of many industry leaders in menswear. This includes:

HARRY ROSEN (the most recognized menswear store in Canada?)

TNT BLU (carry all brands these stores above do in a well curated space)

DUE WEST/NEXT DOOR (dual concept men's stores combining mainstream w/ directional...for 30+ years)

LAVISH & SQUALOR (the boutique version of Urban Outfitters that offers new & vintage mens fashion items affordably)

SERPENTINE (if you going to mention newbies like Ruins, how can you leave Paul's store out?)

I won't even mention the store I buy for in fear of being bias. But my men's customers never walk away empty handed. If you are going to make a list, trying moving beyond the narrow microscope of Queen Street and its surrounding shopping areas...
GC / March 2, 2011 at 01:29 am
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This list is definitely lacking. It's missing a lot of good MTM players like Garrison, Spiros, IM Label, even Harry Rosen, all of which I tried and had great experiences with.
Blake / April 20, 2011 at 05:29 pm
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When I go out to look for new threads, I get in my car and drive North to Richmond Hill. This guy John, the Bespokeman works wonders with a tape measure at Le Firme. They also carry cool unique Italian stuff. I really am tired of dressing like every sycophant in the city. Boss here, Boss there, self-measuring custom, off/shore look-a-likes etc. Enough already, with the Blue, Black, Orange crap, it doesn't make you look any wealthier, wise or exclusive like all those Mercedes buying "Class" guys. An SLS is still a couple of hundred grand. I like exclusive, wellmade, and cool so I go to Le Firme.
Robi / April 21, 2011 at 07:20 am
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I like Le Firme too! But Richmond Hill is a bit of treck from downtown TO. The service is great, very personal and patient. I agree with Blake, too many menswear stores carry very simular stuff to be safe. Well for now, until LF opens a downtown location, I'll make the 2-3 trips a year to see the man, Mr D., "The Bespokeman",
Nurul / November 24, 2011 at 05:29 am
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Nurul / November 24, 2011 at 05:29 am
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Dear Sir / Madam
We are pleased to introduce ourselves as a apparel Buying Agent,Manufacturer & Exporter to worldwide in the name of “MUM TEX’’ and sister concern of AMA Group in Bangladesh since 2000.
We do produce all kinds of Men’s & Ladies wears Shirt,Blouses,Long Pant,Cargo short,Jogging suit,
Pajama sets Jacket,Denim Pant,Sweater as well as Knitwear such like T-Shirt,Polo Shirt,Under garments etc.We also produce & export Handicrafts.
We also provide to the following services:
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*Quality control /Inspection
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Best regards
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E-mail:mumwtex@gmail.com,amagroup90@yahoo.com
Nurul / November 24, 2011 at 05:30 am
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Dear Sir / Madam
We are pleased to introduce ourselves as a apparel Buying Agent,Manufacturer & Exporter to worldwide in the name of “MUM TEX’’ and sister concern of AMA Group in Bangladesh since 2000.
We do produce all kinds of Men’s & Ladies wears Shirt,Blouses,Long Pant,Cargo short,Jogging suit,
Pajama sets Jacket,Denim Pant,Sweater as well as Knitwear such like T-Shirt,Polo Shirt,Under garments etc.We also produce & export Handicrafts.
We also provide to the following services:
*Merchandising
*Sampling
*Quality control /Inspection
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Best regards
Nurul
House #06,Lane# 18,Block# B,Sec# 10,Mirpur,Dhaka-1216
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E-mail:mumwtex@gmail.com,amagroup90@yahoo.com
E.D.S replying to a comment from GC / November 26, 2011 at 11:23 pm
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Curious had it right, Theodore 1922. Period. They have great taste and style, and give you great service too. If you want bespoke, they specialize in that as well as off-the-shelf suits, shirts, jeans, etc tailored on site to fit perfectly. I'm going there for my wedding suit because my other stuff from there has been amazing.
DJC / December 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm
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Kingpin in the basement of Cabaret (formally on Kensington Ave) has great vintage men's wear and is affordable too.
Steve / December 25, 2011 at 09:11 am
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This whole fancy men's wear / metrosexual / hipster thing can put you in a right paradox. You need to shop in these fancy stores to shop in these stores, since most of the places are so intimidating. You have to dress up to go freakin shopping! Everyone standing around judging everyone on the lamest standard of all: how much time you devoted to stylin yourself in front of the mirror. How tedious and silly is that? We should be men not ladymen. Real men should have some dirt under their nails instead of visiting men's wear boutiques and buying $200 t-shirts! Just sayin.
Mantis / December 27, 2011 at 01:19 am
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These are my top shop to shop for menswear in no particular order.

Boomer - Nomad - Sydney - Uncle Otis - Holt Renfrew - serpentine - TNT.
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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:27 pm
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Kingpin in the basement of Cabaret (formally on Kensington Ave) has great vintage men's wear and is affordable too.
Nate / October 3, 2012 at 04:34 pm
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7camicie on Cumberland in Yorkville is one of my faves!
I came across the brand while travelling in Europe, and purchased a few shirts as gifts. Love the clothing, and love the unique layout! Everything is displayed for a quick and painless shopping experience. Thrilled they have finally opened a Canadian location!


stan / March 20, 2013 at 02:07 pm
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You are not relistic in your choice, what about HarryROSEN , Saul Kormans ,grafton fraser. browns short man ,stars mens wear be relitic in your choices,
Kirk / August 29, 2013 at 12:41 am
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If you like looking good without spending hundreds of dollars, I suggest checking out Crisp and Famous (http://www.crispandfamous.com if you don't know) awesome stuff for dudes who like to dress well without overspending for designer brands.
shanks / November 27, 2013 at 09:59 am
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I am quaint.I want someone to fuss over me when I buy a suit.Theres no one at the Bay (small area) no one at Sears! So I keep thinking of the fabulous cloth and fuss over me in HK and Singapore and in India!
Tim / January 13, 2014 at 07:51 pm
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I found a new online retailer based out of Toronto that sells menswear accessories called J. Edison Menswear (http://www.jedisonmenswear.com). I highly recommend them for anyone looking for modern style and unique brands.
Jack / February 17, 2014 at 05:07 pm
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What about Brooks Brothers

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