Women shop more than men.
That’s what the statistics overwhelmingly show.
Men are beginning to shop a little more, according to one Nielsen study (even though women continue to dominate the shopping scene). But even so, men and women do their shopping differently — like men prefer to shop online, they want the experience to be simple and they care less about deals and discounts.
Catering to the different demands and needs of men: several stores in Boulder that specialize in men’s apparel.
While you can find men’s clothing at many chains and department stores, in Boulder, local reigns supreme. Most (but not all) athletic shops, second-hand stores and many indie boutiques have men’s sections. But if you’re looking for businesses that make men’s clothing the priority, not the second-thought rack in the back of the store, here’s where to visit:
The Regiment Shops of Colorado
2425 Canyon Blvd., Unit F
Head to The Regiment Shops for the perfect suit or button-down shirt; you get free alterations by a master tailor, so you know your purchases will always fit right. You can also custom suits, coats, pants and shirts from the start.
Not sure what to wear (or how to wear it)? This store offers “wardrobe consulting,” which means they’ll talk to you about your needs and help you sort through it all so you look stylish, even if you’re secretly clueless.
Can’t make it to the shop? You can book an appointment in your home or office at your convenience (even after hours) by appointment.
Want to learn more? Ask about the “Dress Right” seminars, which you can book at your business to assure all employees look tip-top. Furthermore, if you want to personalize a blazer or sweater with a monogram or logo, this shop can make that happen.
The Regiment Shops has really thought of it all. If you’re buying a gift, it offers free wrapping and free local delivery. Shopping couldn’t be easier.
It’s no wonder The Regiment Shops has a long-standing reputation. It’s been a Boulder staple for 60 years and remains a favorite among the most stylish businessmen in Boulder.
777 Pearl St.
Head to the Pearl Street Mall for this hip menswear shop that feels like it belongs in the coolest part of NYC. The Canoe Club attracts men of all ages and different styles, from professionals to college students looking for the best new trends. You don’t even have to go in to get the goods, and if you don’t want to hunt, head straight to the “new releases” tab on the user-friendly website.
The Canoe Club carries it all: coats, vests, shirts, sweats, sweaters, pants, shorts, vintage styles, denim, accessories, shoes and even cool home goods, books and gifts. Head here for Buttero Vinci sneakers, orSlow and Tanuki denim (complete with free hemming on the spot), tons of flannels (when in season), parks, bandannas, you name it. It’s easy to get fashionably inspired by the Canoe Club’s social media. We’ve yet to find something we don’t want to try.
Here’s the kind of fun that the Canoe Club is: Its email is [email protected].
The Bespoke Edge
This one’s a little different, because it’s located in Denver (2806 Speer Blvd.) but it has Boulder roots. The Bespoke Edge was founded by local father-sons team, Ron Wagner and his boys Brett and Ryan.
Their family company is designed to help men dress well, and they do it through custom suits, shirts, vests, pants and jackets for relatively reasonable prices, considering the fact that everything is made to fit. Although the store is in Denver, you can sign up through the website for a free, in-home consultation and measurements. You get to pick your own fabrics and details for your very own custom suit.
Carrot and Gibbs Bow Ties
2569 Park Lane, Lafayette
This menswear business is all about the perfect bowtie. Neil Borin started the company back in 1987, when he was looking for interesting, quirky, bright bow ties. He couldn’t find them, so he began making them. Carrot and Gibbs became known for creating a four-button closure (with Mother of Pearl buttons), an improvement on the traditional metal closure. The buttons allowed the ties to be adjustable and removable.
More than 30 years later, the local business remains strong and continues to put out unique bow ties, with the elegant button closure as a marker.
Order elegant bow ties for special occasions (like weddings), made-to-order bow ties with custom size, shape and fabric and even “everyday bow ties.” Prepare to be amazed by the wide selection and variations on this accessory.
Other Great Boulder Stores That Carry Men’s Clothing:
- Ramble on Pearl, 1638 Pearl St.: Discounted brand name clothing.
- Weekends, 1200 Pearl St.: Denim, fashionable clothes, housewares and more.
- Savvy on Pearl, 1114 Pearl St.: Boutique with clothes, shoes and more.
- Cedar and Hyde Mercantile, 2015 10th St.: Carefully curated and hip clothes and home goods.
- Bonobos, 1810 29th St., Twenty Ninth Street Mall: (This is a chain but it’s new in town.) Shirts, pants, suits with hundreds of new arrivals every month.
- Endurance Conspiracy, 1719 Pearl St.: Athlete-owned shop centered around the outdoors and endurance sports.
- Installation Shoe Gallery, 3044 Valmont Road: Casual shoes and sneakers, bags and apparel.
- Mountain Standard, 1537 Pearl St, Boulder: Outdoor clothes, jackets, hats, climbing gear and supplies.