By Chelsea Larrson
Gents, summer is over (was it ever here?) What better way to greet the changing
of the seasons than with an overhaul on your fall fashion wardrobe? Be prepared
to look amazing. It is time to don leather boots, tie on wool scarves and wear more
cable-knit sweaters than an Irish fishing expedition.
Here is the head-to-toe guide to San Francisco Fall Fashion Menswear Makeover:
Shave and a Haircut: F.S.C.
Hey, Mr. Whiskas. The talented team at Freeman Sporting Club will spruce up that
handsome mug in no time. Think thick lather, hot towels and a shave with a straight
razor. FSC will crop that five o’clock shadow so close and lean, it would make your
grandfather proud. After the hot-towel treatment stay for the signature hair-cut,
close on the sides and long on top, as seen on most men within a quarter mile radius
of 17th and Valencia St.
Shirt: Taylor Stitch
Taylor Stitch an SF company created by three best friends in 2008, is the Bay
Area supplier of all shirtly desires. T+S deals in high quality button downs made
from gingham, chambray, and other handsome fabrics from their material trove.
Expertly sewn right here in SF, they run a little high on the price scale but fit like a
glove and might land you a side-job as Don Draper’s handsome stunt double.
Vintage Sports Coats, Trousers and Jackets: 31 Rax
Next, pick up some tried and true vintage threads. Carefully curated by a California
vintage guru, 31 Rax offers classic menswear staples like suit jackets, old band shirts
and comfy cardigans at outrageously reasonable prices. Whether you are going for
Carey Grant, Paul Newman or Mr. Draper, 31 Rax makes perfecting an iconic male
style easy and affordable.
New Sports Coats, Trousers and Jackets: Unionmade
Now, for your signature item. Voted by GQ as one of the best menswear boutiques in
the country, The Castro’s Unionmade is to the male style seeker what Willy Wonka’s
factory was to the chubby German kid – paradise. California sourced collections
from Golden Bear and Alden make Unionmade your stop for a signature piece.
Baseball jackets in floral prints anyone?
Jeans and Basics: Uniqlo
Ok, this Japanese export isn’t exactly a local business but they are making a
permanent home in downtown San Francisco. Uniqlo offers basics at unbeatable
deals. Japanese engineered denim can start as low as $10 per pair. Plus their basic
tees, socks, underwear will inexpensively fill out the rest of your wardrobe.
Finishing Touches: Idol Vintage
Will your outfit still sing without an original western belt, a paisley pocket square,
or a plaid tie? Perhaps. But thanks to Idol Vintage it won’t have to. This down-to-
earth Mission staple is a treasure trove. Also, with their prices, you can snag a pile of
accessories worry free.
Shoes: Clothes Contact and Mission Thrift
Lastly, the shoes. Fall in SF can get damp so the shoes should keep you dry, be
comfortable to walk in, and of course make you look like a champ. With all of these
bases to cover, a man’s shoe collection can get pricey. Thankfully thrift stores in SF
are abundant and carry everything from cowboy boots to galoshes. In the Mission,
Clothes Contact and Mission Thrift have constantly rotating selections of shoes. Visit
frequently to scout out the gems.
Spirits: Cask Artisanal Beverage Purveyors
Now that you are stopping traffic it’s time to celebrate with a drink. SF based Cask
carries a selection of fine libations inspired by the cocktail masters at Bourbon &
Branch. Visit for a peek and leave with a wealth of knowledge on cocktail mixing,
vintage bar, equipment and gentlemanly spirits. Prost!