NYC Menswear Shops
by Jared Flint, 06/04/2013
Photo: Alexander Thompson
Epaulet New York
144 Orchard St., 212-228-3626, Lower East Side, Manhattan
231 Smith St., 718-522-3800, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Pants are the workhorse of any ensemble: like a referee, you usually only pay attention to them when something's gone egregiously wrong. Epaulet's house-brand trousers, however, are different. Made slim for the medium-build man in a variety of colors and fabrics (cotton, linen, duck canvas), they've inspired a cultlike following, likely because they're appropriate to wear on nearly any occasion. The rest of Epaulet's eponymous line is equally strong; owners Adele Berne and Michael Kuhle have done a fantastic job in complementing their own design work with a strategic selection of brands, like Alden and L.B.M. 1911. This is a store for the young, irreverent and tailored.