L.A.’s female fashionistas aren’t the only ones who like to keep up appearances. When it comes to men’s fashion, dapper dudes will find it easy to stay on top of their style game in Los Angeles, where there’s something for every type of guy. Venture out of your man cave and outdo your old man in the style department when you hit up these modern menswear shops.
Only in L.A. does a wardrobe require a red carpet-ready outfit—but at Beverly Hills’ Franc Milton, scoring star treatment when getting suited up doesn’t require A-list status. Channel your inner 007 at this swanky made-to-measure suiting boutique, where a private fitting (complete with sips!) will get your style sitch sorted. Here, sartorial-minded gents can customize everything from the look of their lapels to the silhouette of their modern- or vintage-inspired kit. Naturally, luxe fabrics from the best mills in England and Italy ensure you look 100 percent the part. Yes, that’s you in the mirror, Mr. Bond.
Your art-director pal’s wardrobe always looks top-notch, and chances are he carefully selected each outfit at modern men’s fashion mecca Wittmore. Hit up the boutique’s second L.A. location in Downtown Arts District, where you find a clean and cool 1,100-square-foot space laid out with a stress-free retail therapy experience in mind. The merch oozes Japanese minimalist vibes with a streetwear-inspired edge, resulting in an instant and effortless style upgrade. Once you’ve browsed the racks of rad bomber jackets, sleek button-downs, and Cali-cool swim trunks, make your way to the natural wood shelving stocked with cult-fave grooming products that’ll guarantee you a fresh face.
There’s a story behind every product at Apolis, a globally-conscious, L.A.-based label that’s scored major approval from the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Grab a free cup of artisanal joe at its flagship store in DTLA Arts District—just a short stroll from Wittmore—before you peruse the brand’s luxe leather belts, wallets, and accessories. Profess your worldly ways and stock up on their incredibly soft tees (after all, Apolis’ name means “global citizen”), pick up one of their rustic-scented candles handmade in the USA, or invest in their expertly designed linen blazers—made by skilled tailors in Portugal, no less—that’ll transition seamlessly into L.A.’s fall.
La Brea Avenue is known as L.A.’s “menswear row” for a reason. Just south of West First Street is a capsule of cool men’s boutiques, such as General Quarters. The subtle aroma of a pinewood bonfire greets you as you step inside—an olfactory preview of the shop’s cool mix of merch made for the grown-up Eagle Scout who’s graduated from earning camping patches to fashion badges. From stylish flannel shirting and utilitarian selvedge denim to adventure-ready backpacks and brown leather baseballs, it’s clear nothing at this Americana-inspired shop is standard issue. Once you’ve got your style locked down, book a seat at the in-store barbershop, where master groomer Chrissy Phelan offers classic cuts and shaves for the 21st-century man.