Five Great Menswear Stores in Boston

High-end fashion isn’t just for the ladies. Take your style cues from the pros at these local shops dedicated to the sharp-dressed man.


Hats line the walls and shelves at Salmagundi. / Photograph by Julia Hopkins

For Hats
765 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, 617-522-5047; 61 Salem St., Boston, 617-936-4015;

Find a topper that suits your personality at Salmagundi, which stocks more than 16,000 hats between its J.P. and North End locations. Curated by husband-and-wife team Jessen Fitzpatrick and Andria Rapagnola, the eclectic assortment of boaters, fedoras, and ascot caps are all customizable with ribbon bands or feather trim.

Must-Buy: “Adelmo” two-tone Panama straw fedora, $148.

For Pants
283 Dartmouth St., Boston, 857-263-7340,

Shopping for pants can be a tricky proposition, especially when the only choices seem to be hipster skinny and dad-bod dowdy. Not so at Bonobos, which features a flattering array of chinos, dress pants, and denim, all cut to match the natural shape of your waist. Visit the Back Bay boutique for a private appointment with a Bonobos stylist, who’ll help you find just what you’re looking for before hooking you up with the shop’s free home-delivery service.

Must-Buy: “Jetsetter” summer-weight cotton-linen pants, $178.

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Suit jackets inside Hive & Colony’s Copley Place showroom. / Photograph by Julia Hopkins

For Suits
Hive & Colony
Copley Place, Boston, 857-288-8515,

An expertly tailored suit never goes out of style: At the newly opened Hive & Colony, in Copley Place, staffers will help you navigate more than 500 fabric options and a slew of customizable details (lapels, cuff links, buttons) to design threads all your own. Weigh your options from a seat at the made-to-measure clothier’s coffee bar before trying out the showroom’s secret weapon: a 3-D body scanner that captures precise measurements for just the right fit. The payoff? A completely bespoke getup, guaranteed to fit you like a glove, delivered in just four to six weeks.

Must-Buy: Classic Solids suit, starting at $525.

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A pair of Paraboot leather shoes from Drinkwater’s. / Courtesy Photo

For Shoes
2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-547-2067,

Wooden beams and exposed brick walls set the tone at Drinkwater’s, where you’ll find a finely edited selection of handcrafted shoes from covetable brands Paraboot and Yuketen. The small Cambridge shop also happens to be the only store in the country authorized for Paraboot repairs, so you know your kicks will be in good hands should they need some TLC down the road.

Must-Buy: Paraboot “Vigny” scotch-grain leather shoes, $575.

For Shirts
Hammer Made
Prudential Center, Boston, 857-265-2979,

It’s all about getting the most bang for your wardrobe buck at Hammer Made, which debuted its outpost in the Pru earlier this year. Specializing in button-down shirts, the Minnesota-based haberdasher offers limited-release, high-quality apparel without inflated prices. Load up on all the plaid, checked, striped, and solid numbers—some with playful Massachusetts-inspired style names like “Cape Cod” and “Charles River”—that you can carry down Boylston Street.

Must-Buy: “Cape Cod” Egyptian cotton shirt, $128.50.