370 Bleecker St.; 212-243-3612
If you're still pairing the same bag with all your outfits, it's time to visit Coach's first men's store. The knowledgeable staff and an approachable selection of slouchy carryalls and washed-leather totes, all displayed on handsome dark shelves, will make you wonder why you didn't expand your options years ago.
Freemans Sporting Club
327 Bleecker St.; 212-255-5509
This clothing-only outpost of Freemans, the holy grail of hipster fashion, may have a fancier address than the haberdashery-barbershop hybrid on the Lower East Side, but it keeps the same gritty flavor. Peruse the unfinished-pine shelves for exclusive, just-released collaborations with Brooklyn tailor Martin Greenfield, New York cobbler E. Vogel Custom Boots & Shoes, and Michigan watchmaker Corvus.
400 Bleecker St.; 212-675-4085
While Jack Spade is best known for its canvas messenger bags, it's also got your fix for Alden shoes, oxford-cloth shirts, old-school bikes, and more. As soon as you enter the exposed-brick shop, you'll be drawn to an eclectic array of curiosities, including suede boots, skinny plaid ties, and, of course, those covetable bags—all laid out on tables to make instant gratification that much easier.
Ralph Lauren Double RL
390 Bleecker St.; 212-462-4390
Double RL, the cult line of the Polo Ralph Lauren empire, crackles with so many finds you'll feel like the designer himself went vintage shopping just for you. With timeworn memorabilia like black-and-white photos and 1940s motorcycle jackets, the store imparts a sense that you've entered an older, more rugged era. Not to worry, though: Offerings like navy peacoats and Japanese-made work pants are very much of the moment.
353 Bleecker St.; 212-620-5949
Don't be deceived by the diminutive size of Gant's first Rugger location: What the shop lacks in square footage it makes up for in style, with metal pipes and industrial pendant lights inspired by Gant's original Connecticut factory. The ample stock of grade-A American clothes includes Rugger's chunky cardigans and the new Gant by Michael Bastian collection of nouveau preppy fashions.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
301 W. 4th St. (clothing), 298 W. 4th St. (accessories); 212-929-0304
At the intersection of West 4th and Bank Streets, you'll find not one but two Marc by Marc Jacobs men's stores. On one side, behind a brick façade, there's the men's-clothing store; the accessories shop sits kitty-corner. Go between them until you've gotten your fill of quirky striped sweaters, duffel bags with contrast straps, and other fashionable fare you didn't know you needed but definitely have to have.
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