It is no secret that Turkish men are a little sensitive when it comes to their outer appearance. You’ll often see them getting facials and a manicure at their favorite barber, so when it comes to clothes, expectations are also quite high. Whether it is a classic look or something a tad more eccentric, here are Istanbul’s best menswear boutiques for the gentlemen who are not ashamed of their metrosexual selves.
Hidden in Galata, Civan
is a haven for men who admire the fashion trends of the past – vintage inspiration in the form of bow ties and plaid jackets, colorful button-down shirts, and kerchiefs. There is a definite 1920s vibe at Civan, which is on the first floor of a lovely wooden house. Either pick out something from the racks and have it tailored perfectly to your body or choose some fabric and buttons to have an outfit custom made. Either way, any ensemble you acquire from Civan will be extremely unique.
For a more urban look where dark colors take center stage, Shopi Go
in Nişantaşı (befittingly Istanbul’s fashion neighborhood) is a more suitable fit. Quite the popular online shop, Shopi Go’s store is a sleek space filled with cool brands such as Marni, Marc Jacobs, Adidas by Raf Simons, J.W. Anderson, and many others. Apart from the clothes that hang on the black metal racks, the store also has a collection of accessories that range from skateboards and books to suitcases and sunglasses. Whatever you need, you will no doubt find the most fashionable version at this boutique, and if not, check out their website that features frequent discounts.
You’ll feel like you’ve wandered into a Kreuzberg boutique when you happen upon Bey Karaköy
, where a male-only collection focuses on the most hipster of hipster aesthetics. The shop provides modern basics, leather backpacks, colorful socks, and even a collection of independent magazines, all on sale in a very minimalist interior. Also, you will be supporting local designers with your purchases.
is all about providing the best basic t-shirts to men (and women) who have an appreciation for quality rather than quantity. Located on a side street in Bebek, the trendy Bosphorus coastline neighborhood, Tru Project not only sells its excellent t-shirts but has also grown into one of the best places to get well-made basics of all kinds. Using their own quality fabric and only producing their own designs, all of Tru’s products are known for their unique look plus the fact that they last for a long time. Beautiful men’s v- or crew-neck t-shirts come in rich yet masculine colors, while cashmere blend sweaters are soft to the touch. Hoodies, beanies, scarves, and sweatpants are also a part of a collection that every wardrobe requires.