By Erin Kain By Erin Kain | October 7, 2022 | Style & Beauty Feature
Fall wardrobe refresh? These fashion-forward boutiques ensure the city's gentlemen are always in style.
The Darkside Initiative
For San Francisco gents looking to upgrade their kicks, The Darkside Initiative is sneaker central. Boasting more than 21 years in the biz, the retailer is known for its wide variety of footwear from classic designers—think Oakley and Nike—to Japanese street labels like NEIGHBORHOOD and WTAPS (the boutique is an exclusive distributor for these brands). Alongside the coveted shoe collection, shoppers can browse a selection of men’s clothing, as well as quirky extras like incense, lip balm, thermoses and hand cream. 969 Valencia St., 415.525.4594, thedarksideinitiative.com
This denim haven houses high-quality menswear carefully curated by husband-and-wife team Kiya and Demitra Babzani, as well as an in-house jewelry line, T-shirts, hoodies and more. Shop brands like Iron Heart, Samurai and 3sixteen, all handpicked for their unique stories and dedication to the craft. Pro tip: Self Edge has sole exclusivity for the majority of its designers, so stop by for unique brands not available anywhere else. 569 Valencia St., 415.558.0658, selfedge.com
Dolce & Gabbana
Sometimes it’s best to stick with the classics. The Italian fashion house known for its opulent, timeless aesthetic is quite often a stylish gent’s tried-and-true for everything from everyday apparel to black-tie events. The label’s latest Dark Side collection makes a statement with plenty of dramatic flair. Our fave pieces are the bandana-print hoodie, faux fur sliders and skinny stretch jeans with studs. Multiple locations, us.dolcegabbana.com
Browse shelves of luxury offerings at Self Edge.
Wilkes Bashford, a veritable fashion icon consistently found on Esquire’s international Best Dressed List, founded his eponymous brand in 1966. In fact, Bashford is credited as the first retailer to bring top Italian designers such as Giorgio Armani to the U.S. The brand has since merged with Mitchell Stores, but dapper dressers can still shop luxury cardigans, high-top sneakers, neckties, polos, chinos, denim and more. 375 Sutter St., 415.986.4380, wilkesbashford.mitchellstores.com
ROLO has been bringing the latest fashion trends to the forefront of the men’s market since 1986. Focusing on up-and-coming international brands alongside new American designers, expect stylish pieces from Fred Perry, Nudie Jeans Co. and 7Diamonds, as well as the store’s own line of T-shirts, jackets, hoodies and accessories. R by ROLO (2267 Market St.) is an off shoot of the brand, featuring even more exclusive names. 2351 Market St., 415.431.4545, rolo.com
Tailored suits are always in style.
High-end styles and sustainability come together at Taylor Stitch, a brand that aims to create pieces to last a lifetime. Shoppers will fi nd ample looks perfect for the fall season among the shop’s vast selection of earth-toned shirts, cool denim and fashion-forward outerwear and footwear. The brand strives to use recycled and regenerative fibers whenever possible, so clients can look great and feel good about the ensemble too. Multiple locations, taylorstitch.com
Dressing rooms fit for a king
Founded in 2011, this lifestyle apparel brand is for the young, seasoned professional seeking hip, quality clothing. Sporting a mix of local (Culk, SF Mercantile) and nonlocal brands (Outerknown, Katin, Animal Instincts), each product is carefully curated to celebrate craftsmanship and high design. Clothing offerings include hoodies, knit T-shirts and outerwear, while beanies, colorful socks and trendy backpacks complete the look. 624 Divisadero St., 415.801.5862, asmblyhall.com
Photography by: NORDWOOD THEMES/UNSPLASH; DANI PONCE; JUDEUS SAMSON/UNSPLASH