GQ’s Dylan Jones on London’s Best Menswear Shops

Photo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce/Mayor of London

Dylan Jones, editor of British GQ and chair of London Collections: Men is contributing a series of guest blogs to visitlondon.com on why London is the place to be for men’s fashion.

Here’s a list of Dylan’s picks of London’s best places to shop for menswear.

 

J. Crew Lambs Conduit St
J. Crew’s first specialty menswear store outside of New York houses the best selection of Ludlow suiting and exclusive accessories from Undercover and Corgi. This store is a big deal, and it has had a huge impact on London menswear retail.
38 Lambs Conduit Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3LD Jcrew.com

Garbstore
Three floors of independent European and international contemporary designers, right in the heart of London’s most famous market. It is obligatory to listen to The Clash on your iPod as you shop.
118 Kensington Park Road, Portobello, London, W11 2ES Couvertureandthegarbstore.com

Anderson and Sheppard
Even though Anda Rowland’s bespoke tailors is actually around the corner from Savile Row, it is considered to be one of the finest in the world. This is the perfect place to indulge your heritage fantasies.
32 Old Burlington Street, London, W1 Anderson-sheppard.co.uk

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Directional international designers such as Raf Simons and Rick Owens sit alongside cult footwear and eyewear brands, Eytys and Larke. This is yet another example of how London menswear retail has shifted eastwards.
Late Night Chameleon Café, 18 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London, E8 2EZ Ln-cc.com

Matches
Matches central London outlet has a dedicated menswear floor that carries directional catwalk labels and contemporary names. Matches is the biggest small department store in the city.
87 Marylebone High St, London, W1U 4QU Matchesfashion.com

Paul Smith
This is the British designer’s latest London store, and quite possibly his best ever. Here you can find elements from the entire Paul Smith collection, all under one exquisite roof.
9 Albemarle St, London, W1 Paulsmith.co.uk

Start
Philip and Brix Start-Smith’s Shoreditch designer emporium hosts a mix of traditional footwear names (Church’s, Crockett & Jones etc) as well as of-the-moment labels (Kenzo, Acne, Ami) and Philip’s eponymous tailoring line, Mr Start.
59 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3QQ Start-london.com

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Present
Hosts the best of British heritage brands, including Nigel Cabourn, Mackintosh, and Wolsey alongside preppy staples from French label Hartford and Japanese street wear from A Bathing Ape. Indulge yourselves!
140 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JE Present-london.com

Topman General Store
This is a considered edit from the high street behemoth, and includes exclusive catwalk pieces from Topman Design, plus various independent labels.
36-38 Earlham Street, WC2H (or 98 Commercial St) Topman.com

Hostem
A destination for edgy menswear labels on East London’s coolest street (still).
41-43 Redchurch Street, London, E2 43Hostem.co.uk

Liberty
A quirky edit of the best of British menswear and beyond – plus an in-house barbershop from Murdock London. Liberty currently has one of the best menswear departments in the whole city.
2 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1
Liberty.co.uk

A modern three-piece suit. Photo: Jonathan Daniel Pryce/Mayor of London

Selfridges
One of London’s most famous department stores hosts the world’s biggest men’s shoe hall, Europe’s largest Ralph Lauren concession and super brands from Tom Ford to Dior Homme, as well as a gargantuan Louis Vuitton store-within-a-store.
Oxford Street, London W1 Selfridges.com

Opening Ceremony
Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s London outpost features a wide edit from their own collection from Kenzo plus up-and-coming British designers. So cool.
35 King Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 8JG Openingceremony.us

Wolf & Badger
An eclectic mix of unique home ware pieces and one-of-a-kind menswear labels. Simply too good to miss.
46 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 Wolfandbadger.com

Harrods
The world’s most famous store has a menswear selection to match. This is super-dooper luxe, and then some. Frankly you could spend all day here. 
87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1
Harrods.com

The Other Shop
Located just off Carnaby Street, Other Shop stocks edgy British brands Matthew Miller and Craig Green alongside Grenson shoes and Marwood ties. It is also a great place to start a Soho walkabout.
21 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5QA Other-shop.com

Kent & Curwen
The brand new flagship store from a classic British brand, now ensconced in the heart of Mayfair.
2 Savile Row, London, W1S Kentandcurwen.co.uk

Dover Street Market
Part design space, part shop; four floors of high fashion from international and London talents; Jonathan Saunders, JW Anderson and Casely-Hayford. Very Japanese.
17-18 Dover Street, London W1 London.doverstreetmarket.com

Harvey Nichols
This townhouse boutique holds a concise edit of key pieces from international designers and a wide selection of cult casual denim and T-shirt brands.
Knightsbridge, London SW11 Harveynichols.com

Superdry
Superdry’s world flagship features everything from branded T-shirts and jeans to exclusive tailoring from Timothy Everest.
103-113 Regent Street, London W1 Superdry.com

The Shop at Bluebird
Chelsea’s coolest men’s store featuring clothes, books, music and more, with collections from Jigsaw, E.Tautz, Christopher Kane and Orlebar Brown.
350 King’s Road, London SW3 Theshopatbluebird.com

Jigsaw Menswear
Style-conscious casual tailoring, knitwear and outerwear at astonishingly affordable prices.
11 Lamb Street, Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 Jigsaw-online.com

Browns
A compact boutique featuring luxury tailoring and casual pieces from international designers.
23-27 South Molton Street, London W1 Brownsfashion.com

The Vintage Showroom
Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett’s archive collection features early mid-century work wear, military and sports apparel and classic English tailoring.
14 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 Thevintageshowroom.com

Richard James
Classic Savile Row tailoring with a very modern twist from one of the Row’s nicest inhabitants.
29 Savile Row, London W1 Richardjames.co.uk

Watch Dylan Jones’ London Story video on why London is the home of menswear

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