A Gentleman's Guide to Looking Good in Philadelphia, PA

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Nina Starner

People may not immediately think of Philadelphia when it comes to fashion, but if you’re a gentleman who wants to look good, there are plenty of spots to shop in the city. Here’s a gentleman’s guide to looking good in Philadelphia, PA.


1. Blokes Barbershop & Gentleman's Emporium

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If you want a sharp haircut, head down to Old City, where you’ll find Blokes nestled alongside plenty of independent stores on 3rd Street. With an excellent staff and even better reputation, you’ll get exactly the cut you want at Blokes, which brings to mind an old-fashioned barbershop with a modern twist. They welcome walk-ins as well as appointments, keeping the service casual yet upscale.


2. Commonwealth Proper


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Commonwealth Proper is one of Philly’s best custom ateliers, and if you need a great suit, make an appointment at this private, distinguished space for impeccable tailoring. If you get a suit from them, they’ll continue to make alterations long-term, and you can even enjoy a glass of champagne while they fit you.


3. Boyds Philadelphia


If you need any luxurious menswear—especially shoes—look no further than Boyds, a Philadelphia institution. This Rittenhouse Square store sells everything from men’s sportswear to women’s clothing, and is currently the largest collection of luxury tailored clothing in the country. Around since 1938, when they only sold cigars, cigarettes, and dress shirts, the business has always been run by the Gushner family and prides itself on tradition and luxury goods for both men and women.


4. Govberg Jewelers


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Govberg Jewelers was founded in 1916 in South Philadelphia, and since then has sold luxury watches and other jewelry to Philadelphia’s most discerning gentlemen. Now located in Center City, this high-end store offers one of the largest collections of Swiss watches on the East Coast, and is the perfect spot to pick up a brand new timepiece.


5. Warby Parker Philadelphia


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Though it’s an international chain which began as a mail-order service to try on glasses and find the perfect pair, Warby Parker has a large store in the heart of Rittenhouse, where men can find sleek sunglasses, cool corrective eyewear and find the frames that best suit them in every way.

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