If there is one thing I know about New Orleans, it’s that the style game is strong. Every big event is a reason to bring out the bowties and seersucker suits. Men in this town often dress with a buttoned up swagger that rivals that of any European city. The logical question is, where do they get it all? Sure you could head to the Shops at Canal Place and hit up the stores within. We know that NOLA boys love to wear J. Crew pastels. But the men, the real movers and shakers, shop at altogether different spots. There is a big difference between a suit bought off the rack and one from a shop designed for more custom fits. If New Orleans style is what you crave, check out these five fantastic men’s shops for the best style this city has to offer.
Located on lower Magazine Street, this fantastic men’s shop is a barrage of class. Aiden Gill, a Dublin native, opened this shop with the goal of keeping the barbershop alive. The grooming wares that line the display cases are just part of the allure. Make an appointment for a shave and cut with his talented team, and they will show you what the best in barbering feels like.
Opened in 1924 as a haberdashery, this luxury men’s store is one of the finest in town. Their made-to-measure service takes it up a notch by tailoring suits and shirts to your exact build. Trust me, wear a perfectly cut shirt once, and you’ll never buy one off the rack again. Go for one of their sale events, and they’ll even have a bar in the back serving up cocktails!
You’d be hard-pressed to find a New Orleans gentleman who doesn’t own a shirt from Perlis. Embroidered with the classic crawfish logo, these clothes are as New Orleans as the crawfish itself. Coming down for Mardi Gras? This spot has some of the best purple, green, and gold attire to make sure you look sharp for whatever the day has in store.
Meyer the Hatter
It doesn’t take long to notice that New Orleans has a love affair with hats. Nothing compliments a suit and bowtie better than a hat from Meyer’s. Family owned since 1894, this world-class hat shop is the very best. Just don’t make the infamous tourist mistake of wearing your hat at mealtime. It’s bad manners.
While not technically a men specific shop, this store has a great collection of Southern style ties that are perfect for taking your look from drone to dapper. Located right on the fringe of Jackson Square, this spot is also a great addition to a stroll around the French Quarter.