“Mom, I’d rather cut off my legs than wear that”; this was a continuous battle that my mother and I (sorry, Mom!) had many, many times growing up. Dressing for school each day was a never-ending shade fest between mother and son over what I planned to wear that day – She’d say “Straight”; I’d explain “Skinny” (jeans, that is – heads out of the gutters, please!).
As the product of the suburbs of sports-driven-epicenter that is Pittsburgh, I tended to care more about the way I looked that most of my male classmates. In a sea of Sperry’s and North Face jackets, I was pawning over James Perse Italian cotton sweatshirts. This would probably explain why I picked myself up form my roots and moved to New York in search of my fashion dream job.
Being a former expat of the city, since my departure there has been such a resurgence of clothing brands helping to benefit the city and helping to bring in customers from far beyond the Three Rivers. From supporting local charities to uplifting the status-quo of undercurrent trends, the menswear market within Pittsburgh is anything but boring n’at.
Curating the most classic of wardrobes is a specialty that Kinsman Shop is known for. This brand stands behind functionality, and endurance of one’s clothes. And, it’s important to mention, the company focuses on primarily designed U.S. based brands.
Of-The-Moment fashion is a major theme that Phil Romagni, owner of Vestis, has installed within his store. With a major circulation of American, French and Japanese brands (not to mention a few Pittsburgh based companies, too) – Romagni tends to focus on brands that are ethically manufactured and treat their employees well.
I don’t care who you are – shopping for those perfect pair of jeans will always take a little bit of time and energy, but once you find them – it’s a match made in heaven. And that’s just what the founders of Revtown are aiming for. The Pittsburgh based denim company has eliminated the middle man to consumers some of the most affordable premium jeans on the market (we’re talking under $100).
This family owned and operated power house located in downtown Pittsburgh has been a symbol of luxury within the steel city. Offering some of the most coveted brands in the world of fashion for men, the brand has stood the testament of time. However, Larrimor’s is more than just a pretty façade, helping countless organizations across the city annually.
In the last decade, menswear has revitalized into a booming subsidiary within the fashion industry, and Moda (located in Shadyside) has been along for that boom. Offering a vast variety in contemporary menswear brands from the top American and European fashion companies, Moda remains as a stylish Pittsburgher’s secret safe-haven shop.
A family owned and operated business, Steel City has grown from a few simple designs to a full-blown apparel line, featuring t-shirts, hoodies and accessories. Not only to mention, have been worn by countless celebrities, and Steelers alike.
Sometimes, something old is just – well, better. The founders (whom created Grand Street Bakery in NYC) settled back to their Pittsburgh roots and established Mello & Sons, which arguably has some of the best Americana vintage in the city; and for you Levi’s lovers – the assortment is astounding!
This list wouldn’t be complete without the whole package (no pun intended). Trim Pittsburgh, which houses the largest selection of men’s swimwear and underwear. Located in East Liberty, the colorful selection and wide variety may make some blush at first, but the wide variety surely caters to many different palettes. The louder, the brighter, the better.
For any guy that is obsessed with the latest sneaker trend (a professed “Sneakerhead”), and who can’t help but stay on top of the latest trends? Look no further than Threads on Carson. Located in the lively South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Threads on Carson carries some of the trendiest brands in the business, from New Balance, Puma, Fila and more.
A local arbiter of hip-hop, rap and establishing a mainstream reputation with celebrities, Time Bomb Shop has a local history with the city dating back to 1995. Over the years, the store has been a host to many in-store events and designer collections you wouldn’t have access to anywhere else.
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