Best of BoCoCa Boutiques
by Heather Liang and Christina Parrella, 10/15/2014
Hollander & Lexer. Photo: Malcolm Brown
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In an area dominated by outstanding fashion destinations for women, the men's offerings in BoCoCa have comparable flair. The retailer Steven Alan features a collection of on-trend pieces from various designers as well as a house line. Shoppers will find stacks of stovepipe denim, long linen shirts and straight-fitting dress shirts and jackets. Alan's own designs have a sleek, classic sensibility that extends to accessories and eyewear as well as clothes. Rime is a must-stop for footwear devotees. The sneaker stock here includes limited- and special-edition shoes from Nike, Adidas, Vans and Puma, while options from the likes of Thorogood and Abington appeal to those who prefer a tough, outdoors look. The store also carries street-wear brands such as Akomplice.
Hollander & Lexer, on Atlantic Avenue in Boerum Hill, is grounded in an industrial aesthetic. At the shop, guys can up their fashion game with shirts tailored locally and wool vests that echo styles of the past. The offerings at Smith Street's WP Lavori are similarly geared to wardrobe evolution. For over three decades the international retailer has been selling rugged heritage brands like Baracuta and Palladium. This is the brand's first shop in the US. –CP