NYC Menswear Shops
by Jared Flint, 06/04/2013
Photo: Joe Buglewicz
JJ Hat Center
310 Fifth Ave., 212-239-4368, Midtown West, Manhattan
This mecca for hats dates back to an era when headgear was an essential element of a man's ensemble. JJ stocks nearly every single style—with the exception of the baseball cap and, perhaps, the fez. In addition to a wide variety of reasonably priced newsboys and fedoras, JJ has one of the best selections from Borsalino outside of Italy. Much of the joy of popping in lies with engaging the salesmen, all of whom seem to be from another, more dapper era. (If nothing else, you'll walk out knowing exactly why the best Panamas are made in Ecuador.) And if you're interested in a boater or a bowler but disinclined to become a fashion victim, this is one place that will never steer you wrong. JJ has recently opened two new outlets geared toward a younger generation of clients, Porkpie Hatters, in the East Village and—where else?—Williamsburg.