NYC Menswear Shops
by Jared Flint, 06/04/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
307 W. 38th St., 212-643-9540, Garment District, Manhattan
Despite its name, Manhattan's Garment District isn't exactly a hotspot for consumers to actually buy clothes—the area is more focused on trade and the business aspects of the industry—so Japanese cult-brand Nepenthes' presence is refreshing. The slim retail space houses a range of offerings, all oriented toward a Japanese interpretation of American work wear. The Engineered Garments label, whose designer Daiki Suzuki is a creator and master of the genre, is the highlight; the brand's full line takes up much of the rack space. But intrepid shoppers can find hidden gems here, too, including footwear from Tricker's, McKinlay's and Russell Moccasin that aren't available anywhere else in New York City (or, possibly, the world). The store's second floor houses a rotating pop-up shop that showcases smaller brands and stores.