This time up, I jumped on the chance to stop into a couple of menswear stores I've always wanted to visit, Unionmade and Self Edge.
|Unionmade - Mission SF|
If you care about the things you own, you probably know Unionmade Goods, a SF-based mens shop focused on quality menswear, footwear, and accessories. A couple of times a year their online store runs an archive clearance of past seasons' stock - hands down one of the best and craziest sales of the year for both price and quality of selection. It's not really a surprise that their physical storefront is also a bit of a mens' wonderland. When I went the retail space was split into two sides, with new stock on one side of the store (including a beautiful wall of Aldens and some interesting Japanese brands like Tomorrowland) and the other side housing their sale items.
With so many international brands and the potential for getting your size wrong given the various differences from brand to brand/country to country, it's a real treat to be able to handle all of the pieces and try things on in person. Even barring that, the selection of products they have is worth the trip. I'd highly recommend stopping by if you're in or nearby the Mission district. By the way, if this is your first time hearing about their Archive Sale, sign up for their email list. It's not the type of thing to be days (or even hours late to) if you want cream of the crop at rock bottom pricing.
|Sale section at Unionmade|
|A little RRL never hurt anyone (ask Julian Landa)|
|The Flat Head outerwear|
An oasis for denim enthusiasts and everything indigo, this store actually has another location on the East Coast in NYC as well as a few others in the nation. Nevertheless, the SF store is worth checking out and houses an envious array of top-end denim and other heavy duty apparel. They also have a denim repair service at the shop, giving guys a more specialized service than trusting the average tailor with such prized possessions.
|Vintage Iron Heart|
I regretfully didn't have all the time in the world to nerd out on menswear while in SF and see every place I had on my wishlist as I'm usually with family, but next time I go I want to check out Britex Fabrics and upgrade my button situation. For more spots to check out, head over to FromSqualorToBaller's San Francisco Clothing, Accessories, and Services post for some great recommendations. And while you're in the area, grab a pizza at Pizzeria Delfina, a few scoops at Bi-Rite Creamery, and sit up on the hill at Delores Park in the Mission on a sunny day. Can't beat it. Tell them Dan sent you.
They'll have absolutely no idea who you're talking about.
|Alex Mill, Hillside x Gap, Wolverine, Seagull @ Delores Park|