As with any profession, you are bound to witness many fashion mistakes, mishaps,
and at times tragedies. The information field is no exception. I am here steer you
away from that unfortunate wardrobe decision and provide you an insider’s guide
to becoming well-dressed men in Austin. Follow along and you will be sure to look
great behind the reference desk, out in the stacks or digitizing reels of analog tape.
If you’re into rustic wood and iron fixtures, Navajo throws, an Americana décor
AND finely curated men’s clothing then you must come to Bows + Arrows. This
shop is elegantly designed with high ceilings and white walls. The atmosphere
elevates much like an art gallery, while the interior design and decoration bring
you back to earth for a rootsier vibe. I found the men’s apparel to be limited, though
thoughtfully selected, a classic example of quality over quantity. You will be thrilled
to find brands like Farm Tactics, Engineered Garments and Folk. And if you’re on
a budget, check out their sale rack located in the back of the store. I also spotted
several pieces throughout the store with deep discounts. Recommendations:
APC White Petit Denim and Mark McNairy green desert boot.
Bows + Arrows
215 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
One of my personal favorite destinations in Austin is New Brohemia, located in the
Bouldin Creek neighborhood on South 1st Street. New Brohemia is a vintage shop for men and is
like entering your grandfather’s well-preserved basement wardrobe. Though, this
shop offers a considerable amount more than you would expect than that of a single
man. Whether you have a classic style or you are looking for something completely
unique and one-of-a-kind, there will be something for you. In addition to having a
range of goods (boots, westerns, t-shirts, flannel, and leather jackets), the clothing
is exquisitely organized by size and color. Recommendations: 1950’s Pendleton
Southwestern Parka and 1960’s mustard yellow/blue striped Penguin polo.
2209 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704
A high quality menswear shop located in the heart of South Congress, Stag offers
many sophisticated and contemporary styles as well as top-notch customer service.
From the spacious interior to the warm lighting to the complimentary cans of Shiner
(yes I said free beer!) this shop is all about the experience. You’ll receive great
customer service in addition to mix of current and timeless items destined for your
closet. I would place this shop somewhere between formal and casual, perhaps we
can call this modern formal. You’ll find a balance of denim and trousers, blazers and
baseball tees, as well as button-ups and boots. Recommendations: Sebago Beacon
hi-moccasins and New England Shirt Company chambray blue oxford.
1423 South Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78724
After you’ve picked up your provisions from Stag, head over to Service Menswear,
also located on South Congress. Service Menswear is tucked away between the
other shops and restaurants, so you’ll need to follow the signs that lead you to the
shop. The privacy and size of the shop make the experience special, while the prices
and selection will add excitement to the experience. I was immediately struck by
how great their prices were on many items. Make no mistake; these are fine quality
items, but I found at least of the store to be discounted anywhere from 30 to 70
percent off the retail. The apparel is casual and comfortable yet fresh and stylish.
I found a great selection of Levi’s denim and cords as well as John Varvatos and
Gitman button shirts. Recommendations: Seavees Chukka Boot and Cockpit olive
1400 S. Congress Ave. Ste. A160, Austin, Texas 78704
Written by Nicholas Mitchell. Nicholas is a graduate student in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a BA in the history of art and has several years experience in high-end and vintage retail.