Fashion for the fellas: where to find the city’s best
The male power-shopper has arrived! No longer a predominantly female pursuit, it seems men are out-shopping their sisters.
That’s according to recent surveys, which indicate men are getting their fashion fix more often than women, both online and in traditional bricks and mortar boutiques. Smashing the stereotype further, the global menswear market is expected to surpass womenswear by 2021 with luxury brands (Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant, for example) and mainstream labels (such as Nike) launching new men’s lines.
Not only are there more men shopping, but their choices are now more diverse too. Vogue noted that the Fall 2019 menswear season rivalled the women’s in terms of excitement, innovation, and artistry. Men no longer wear a ‘uniform’ but instead, tend to shop for themselves to express their own personal style.
So, whether you’re seeking streetwear, or traditional tailoring, these CBD-based menswear stores can hook you up.
Shafto Lane, Perth, (08) 9322 6204, cabinetnoir.com.au
Translated to English, Cabinet Noir (French) literally means ‘Black Room’ and this moody, man cave-like menswear boutique certainly lives up to its name. Tucked away down Shafto Lane the masculine industrial ceilings, brick walls and deep mahogany wooden floors house one of the best collections of exclusive men’s streetwear and epic new and old school sneakers in the city.
575 Wellington Street, Perth, (08) 6114 8201, shoplessons.com.
Dudes looking for international designer streetwear will find the most elite and exclusive collection at Lessons on Wellington Street. The best thing about the duds here? You’re unlikely to find many of them elsewhere in the city. Shop Balmain, Acne Studios, Marni, Palm Angels, Yeezy Season, Raf Simons, Off-White and more for incredibly edgy and unique pieces. They’ll cost you a pretty penny, but we guarantee they’ll be worth it!
Highs & Lows
75 King Street, Perth, (08) 9481 7778, highesandlows.net.au
In its bright, new, modern King Street store, Highs & Lows offers shoppers a great mix of must-have streetwear labels, sneakers and accessories. Clothing brands include Carhartt WIP, A.P.C., Neighbourhood, Rick Owens, Comme des Garcon and the company’s own HAL label. Kicks include Adidas, Dr Martens, Nike, Superga and Vans amongst others. Fellas looking for something more unique will also find some exclusive collaborations instore, including with Adidas, Reebok and Superga.
Gingers + Providence Men’s Store317 Murray Street, Perth, (08) 9226 5050, gingersprovidence.com
After over a decade trading as Gingers for Gentlemen, popular Perth men’s footwear store has teamed up with Melbourne’s Providence Clothing Co. and rebranded as Gingers + Providence Men’s Store. Now, the once shoe-only boutique offers a timeless collection of clothing, footwear, accessories, grooming products and masculine homewares – basically everything a stylish man could need. Highlights here include Ginger’s own brand of Italian-made Oxfords, White Lab and Karl Lagerfeld blazers, and Nudie jeans and pants.
McKilroy68 King Street, Perth, 1300 727 809, mckilroy.com
If you needed more proof the city’s West End is the place to go for streetwear, pop in to McKilroy on King Street. Their curation of labels pays homage to the 90s and includes American vintage printed shirts, quirky nylon caps and denim hats, denim dungarees, deconstructed sporting T-shirts, retro sweats and more. You’re guaranteed to find something here that none of your mates own.
Parker & Co.Trinity Arcade, 671 Hay Street Mall, Perth, (08) 9321 8621, parkerco.com.au
A stalwart of Perth’s men’s fashion scene, Parker & Co. should be your go-to for beautifully tailored suits and well-made Euro casualwear. Customers have been returning to this family-run business for years, drawn to the fine European fabrics and styles. Instore you’ll find Ermenegildo Zegna, Versace, Hugo Boss, Armani, Brioni, John Lobb and Tod’s among other top-end suiting labels.
Terrace Men818 Hay Street, Perth, (08) 9485 2989, terracemen.com
Among the influx of edgy streetwear boutiques, this is another must-visit for men looking for classic yet fashionable clothing from quality international and local designers. In fact, stylish Perth men have been taking their style cues from Terrace Men for almost four decades. These days, you’ll find everything from casual streetwear and great jeans through to smooth corporate suiting. And if you’re unsure what to wear to that formal event, Terrace has your back – the offer a private and personalised wedding and formal wear consultation service. Huzzah!
Tony Barlow890 Hay Street, Perth, (08) 9324 2377, tonybarlow.com.au
Tony Barlow is the Godfather of Perth’s menswear scene. Like Parker & Co. and Terrace Men, the company has been trading for decades and has a loyal customer base of men who admire fine suiting, business apparel and conservative casualwear. This is the place to go for sophistication – no trucker caps and retro kicks here. Instead, you’ll find smart suits, shirts (for both the office and that great new wine bar), and chinos.
- 23 Aug '19