August 03, 2015
When it comes to personal style, the Short North Arts District is the go to place. Stop by the neighborhood’s creative shops and boutiques for the best in men’s wear. From local startups to internationally known designers, the Short North Arts District is a haven for menswear in all forms.
Looking to open in late summer, Pursuit is the District’s newest addition to men’s wear. Moving from their original home in the South Campus Gateway, the relocation to the Short North is about expanding. More space, more visibility, and more access to their clientele base, Pursuit’s mission is “suiting the next generation”. Their collections speak to this statement perfectly. Clean lines and crisp cuts form the backbone of the aesthetic; sharp, modern, and affordable. So, whether looking for something nice for a night out, need to make an impression at an interview, or have something more formal (they do a great wedding package), plan a stop at Pursuit.
MADE BY NGO
Made in Ohio with gritty chic, Made by Ngo is a new addition to the District, and it isn’t holding any punches. Blending athletic looks with street wear, Ngo creates an urban look that’s distinctly cool and distinctly local. Distressed tees, flat-bills, and “Only Hustlers in Ohio”; Ngo’s elements have a bad boy kind of cheek and don’t apologize for making a statement.
This perennially cool Short North Arts District standard is the place to go for a laid back, relaxed look. Smart, collected, and cool, the retail buyers behind Tigertree have sharp eyes and a knack for finding unique pieces that work for a wide swath of guys. Hard-to-find labels such as Britain’s Ben Sherman and Scotch and Soda, based in Amsterdam, keep the racks at Tigertree modern and stylish. To top it off, their impressive selection of messenger bags, wallets, glasses and other accessories will complete the look.
For the best in basics, American Apparel should definitely be on the list. Soft, comfortable, durable, and made in the USA, American Apparel is a great place for tees, tanks, pullovers, and denim, with a nostalgic look back at the 1980s. Simple and clean marks the American Apparel aesthetic, with a hip but approachable
A Columbus institution, HOMAGE is the city’s most well-known name in athletic pride. The hometown team, OSU, is well represented, but so are a handful of Ohio and national teams that get left under the radar. With a great selection of workout gear, streetwear, and accessories, Homage is a must stop before the big game.
ARTISAN DE LUXE
With a dusty glance towards Western memorabilia, Artisan De Luxe carries lines that hold classic Americana close to their heart. Faded jeans, worn button ups, and leather jackets fill the store, with a motorcycle or two thrown in, of course. Artisan achieves a hard-to-pull-off combo. Mixing equal parts dirt road and high fashion to create something unique – a timeless aesthetic that reflects a level of craftsmanship and attention to detail that usually carries a much higher price tag.
KIT + ACE
Cashmere: an incredibly comfortable type of wool that is light, flexible, and extremely soft. Normally only reserved for the most formal of occasions as it requires a hefty amount of upkeep to maintain its quality, Vancouver based Kit + Ace have mastered re-appropriating this luxurious fabric for the everyday. Machine washable and just as comfortable, Kit + Ace run lines of men’s wear for which sacrificing quality for durability is unthinkable. Sleek, simple, and stylish, the racks of apparel in their store don’t need to be loud to get your attention. Clean lines and soft touches make their collections very approachable, both before and after you put it on.
A mix and match of hip hop, modern art, and urban street style, Sole Classics is a hard store to pin down, but definitely works. Takashi Murakami screen printed tees hang next to ’90s LA inspired track jackets, color blocked khakis and jogger pants that beg to bring back velcro, and flat-bill hats that make a complete look. Ohio proud and locally minded, the shop blends the hard edges found in east and west coast street fashion with a Midwestern charm, making for an interesting combination of daring and comfortable at the same time.
TURNER’S BARBER SHOP & SHAVING PARLOR
For a spruce up after you’ve got your outfit, visit Turner’s. Hands down, this Victorian inspired barbershop is where guy’s hair game is born. Here, straight razors rule, with leather sharpening bolts giving the place an old world aroma.
Sporting a mustache to make any French pirate jealous, Chris Turner, owner and barber, is an expert at what he does. Cuts are crisp, lines are straight, fades are perfect. Not convinced? Go to a Crew game and check out their ‘dos. Many of the players are regulars.
Guy style doesn’t end there. Check out the fashion section on ShortNorth.org for more.
For visitors unfamiliar with the area, the Short North Arts District is concentrated along High Street between King Avenue to the north and Nationwide Boulevard to the south. For more information on transit and parking, look here. For more information in general about the Short North Arts District, look here.
– Tyler Wilson
Cover photo: Cole Ruoff