NYC Menswear Shops
by Jared Flint, 06/04/2013
Photo: Juliana Sohn
809 Washington St., 212-524-9770, Meatpacking District, Manhattan
For all of the neighborhood's considerable glamour, the Meatpacking District's menswear offerings have been relatively thin. Owen has filled that void nicely. Opened recently on a relatively quiet block—a good distance from the area's velvet-roped brunch clubs—the retailer's simply appointed space presents a well-edited selection of brands, and its interior decor, with a wall and the ceiling covered in thousands of brown paper bags, adds a textural layer to the striking assortment. You can find solid lines here that fit the area's cooler ethos, like Acne and Carven, hanging alongside small but influential up-and-comers like Sidian, Ersatz & Vanes; Juun.J; and Stephan Schneider. The high standards and commitment to discovering new designers at Owen is admirable—exactly how a boutique should be. Just ask Opening Ceremony.