A Weekend In The City: Where To Shop Menswear In London.
As the output of Fashion Week continues to highlight, London is justly acknowledged as a men's style capital. With an overwhelming amount of shops and boutiques across the city to browse however, it can be difficult to really know where to prioritise exploring for new clothes and accessories.
With a mutual appreciation for fine craftsmanship and simply great looking garments, it's no real surprise that the topic of style so often arises across the Murdock barber shops. Our sharply-dressed barbers are frequently in conversation about menswear with their clients and fortunately for the men of London, they are experts in the field of great local recommendations to their respective stores.
As such, we wanted to extend this wisdom beyond the confides of one-on-one barbershop conversations and offer a local tip from each store to everybody. So, after your next grooming service be sure to tie in a trip to one of London's best men's shops - Murdock barber approved...
Esteemed makers of luxury British staple clothing, Sunspel's seasonal offerings broadly cover fine crafted wardrobe essentials. Sported by many of our barbers on a daily basis, their super soft, tailored Oxford cotton shirts are a true MurdockMan favourite.
Seven Dials: The Vintage Showroom
Formerly FW Collins & Sons Ironmongers, The Vintage Showroom stands as one of London's true menswear gems. With a vast collection of unique and rare early-mid 20th century items covering military and sports clothing, classic English tailoring and country wear, this is very much the place to find that standout piece. Aptly named and with a renowned cult following, The Vintage Showroom also have two menswear books to their name and a limited edition Showroom publication. This is as much of a place to visit in admiration as it is to actually purchase items.
There are some great menswear stores to browse along Brewer Street. Wolsey draw particular attention however as a British heritage brand with a vast history of crafting garments for pioneers, explorers, sports stars and royalty. Hand-crafted with integrity and authenticity, the brand continue to produce exceptional products for men of exploration and adventure.
It's impossible to visit our Liberty concession without getting distracted and taking a peak through the minimally curated designer rails of their menswear floor.
"The building is central to what makes Liberty a great place to come and shop," says Liberty's Menswear Buyer Benjamin Andrew, "The beautiful features perfectly compliment the brands we stock in the men's department and help make it an interesting, unique and intimate shopping experience."
Covent Garden: The Real McCoys
Tucked away on Henrietta Street, the now firmly-established intimate menswear hub on the border of Covent Garden, this cult Japanese vintage brand is renowned for its signature hand-crafted denim, boots, A-2 flight jackets, US Navy classics and loop wheel sweats. Head over to their Instagram page for a mouth-watering glimpse at their agonisingly stylish and rare items before you visit.
We've been big fans of British menswear brand Albam ever since they set up shop in their Spitalfields location conveniently close to our neighbouring Murdock at Hackett barbershop.
As acknowledged in our interview with co-founder Alastair Rae, the Albam ethos is inspired by utilitarian British menswear, with a focus on interesting, contemporary design, using great quality and exciting fabrics. Predominately working with studios and factories in the UK, a true sense of authenticity underlies the craft of their fantastic items.
Sloane Square: Hackett
If it's formalwear that you're looking for, look no further than one of London's most famous streets, an international destination for luxury and haute-couture. After an indulgent service in our Hackett Sloane Street barbershop, take the opportunity to have a bespoke suit measured as part of the shop's in-house tailoring service. With numerous floors to also explore Hackett's menswear essentials from their current collection, this lavish space soon becomes a regal one-stop-shop for a complete style overhaul.