Originally Posted by AriGold
Just moved to detroit, Michigan.
Anyone on SF still live here?
What's good for shopping?
I see that you posted your question 2 months ago but if you are still looking for info I'm in the Detroit area.
I'm new to the world of quality clothing but have found a few stores in Birmingham that are pretty good.
The Claymore Shop on Adams just north of Lincoln (and just north to an awesome spot for some take out pizza - Primo's) is my favorite shop in the area. I would say that they specialize in the trad spectrum of clothing. They carry Southwick, Oxxford, Samuelsohn, Jack Victor, S. Cohen, Bill's Khakis, Polo, Alden (a pretty decent selection and are always willing to special order the staples if you want something), Hickey Freeman, Robert Talbot, Hiltl, Gitman... The staff is great (I always work with Mike or Al) and they have some nice sales on occasion. I was in there last week to pick up a pair of shoes and noticed that they have a great selection of tweed sportcoats in for the fall. I keep thinking of going back in to pull the trigger. They also have special events and trunk shows quite often. This coming Saturday they will have a rep from Samuelsohn in for special orders as well as a barber and a shoe shiner on site.
Carl Sterr is on the northern end of Old Woodward. The store is tiny but they have a nicely put together collection. Their stuff leans slightly towards the more modern cuts but with quality brands like Samuelsohn, Masons, Sartoria Partenopea... They also carry some Alden shoes and boots. Prices at Carl Sterr tend to average a bit higher than stuff at Claymore but I think that is mainly because Carl Sterr doesn't seem to carry anything at the low end of the spectrum. If you really like any of their suits or sport coats and don't want to pay full price, they usually have some great sales a couple times a year.
I've had nothing but excellent service at both Carl Sterr and The Claymore Shop and each time I am in either store I end up being there at least 30 minutes longer than planned because I wind up shooting the breeze with the folks working and shopping in there.
Parks Custom Tailoring is also on Adams right across the street from The Claymore Shop. Their selection doesn't hit the high end like the other two stores listed but they still have some nice stuff - Hickey Freeman, Gitman, Polo, Hugo Boss, Allen Edmonds, Jack Victor... They also have a very good selection of Barber jackets, sweaters, and hats if you are in the market. The main reason to go to Parks is for the tailoring. Mr. Park is fast, affordable, fast, good at what he does, and fast. Did I mention that he is fast? The store is run by just him and his wife (at least I have never seen another employee in there) and he is also willing to work with you on prices on things; I don't know of any other clothing shop in Metro Detroit where you can really dicker with the staff on the prices. Whenever I go to The Claymore Shop I try to make it across the street to Parks as well, even if I don't buy anything it's fun to look through the stacks in there.