North London is perhaps the least well-populated area of the city when it come to menswear boutiques, but a few key destinations can definitely be found if you know where to look. Here, we present our top five stores – spanning from those that house specific accessory styles to others that stock enough styles to allow for a complete wardrobe overhaul– to make finding the perfect wardrobe additions that little bit easier.
Not just a men’s clothing store but a showcase of homewares and accessories as well, Albam on Upper Street in Islington is a contemporary shopping destination with an established brand aesthetic. Expect four menswear collections a year, spanning modern essentials in understated timeless designs. There’s a focus on fabric and fit, and the label works with some of the most established factories across Europe to ensure the quality is of the standard expected by its regular clients.
Sefton’s menswear curation is selectively sourced by the boutique’s founders, James Shaw and Alastair Rae, and each addition to the collection represents what they consider to be a distinctly British aesthetic. They’ve also got their own label on display; a unique series of essentials crafted using premium fabrications and boasting considered yet understated details. Make Sefton your first port of call for a wardrobe refresh that will remain relevant for seasons to come.
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Camden Market is a treasure trove of boutiques, from clothing to souvenirs, leather goods to bric-a-brac, and Titfer is the store to head for if you’re in the market for a new hat. From trilby’s to boaters, every style under the sun can be found behind its doors, so whether you’re looking for a gift or in need of adding that little extra something to your own accessory collection, it’s sure to deliver with its varied offering.
Folk places huge focus on the quality and detail of the fabrications that it uses for its understated menswear collections, and the result is something that will stand the test of time. There’s nothing overly fussy about the designs, but considered details (the coconut shell buttons, for example) subtly elevate simple silhouettes. If you’re in the market for premium-quality knitwear, a jacket you know will last or a wear-anywhere Breton tee, bump this store to the top of your go-to list.
With a womenswear counterpart just down the street, Hub in Stoke Newington takes a unique approach to retail space, completely separating the two collections in a way that feels altogether appropriate. It’s run by buyer and store manager Shane Kingdon, who focuses on ensuring the space lacks sales pressure but instead allows customers to feel at ease in enjoying their experience in store. Be sure to look out for his accessories label, Siege of Cranes, which keeps production close to home in the UK
Mudfoot and Scruff
You’ll find everything from clothing to shoes and accessories, and even the odd bit of homewear, in Mudfoot and Scruff, found in Stoke Newington. Items are selected for their individuality, which makes the collection a unique series of items that you won’t find elsewhere.