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A long weekend in san francisco

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TheBee'sKnees, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. TheBee'sKnees

    TheBee'sKnees Member

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    I'm sure this topic has arisen before, but I figured I'd ask anyway:  

    I'll be spending a 4 day weekend in San Francisco next week, and I'm looking for recommendations as to the very best places to maximize the limited shopping time I'll have.  I'm fairly familiar with the big stores (Nordstrom, etc.) in the Union Square/Market St. area, and wondered if there are any tucked away/only-the-locals-know kind of places to check out.  I'm interested in anything from high-end tailoring to street/athletic wear.

    Second, and nearly as important, is this:  I'm long overdue for a haircut, and my local regular girl isn't around.  I'd appreciate recommendations for the very best haircut in the City by the Bay.  Old-school barber shops for $15 or upscale salons for several times that are both up for consideration -- where would you go if you had one haircut to get in S.F.?  Thanks much, gents.
     


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    Bee'sKnees--

    You seem to be well-informed already, but just in case. . . . The best SF clothiers (outside of Saks and Nieman) are to be found on Sutter within a few blocks of Stockton.  These include Wilkes Bashford, often cited, here and elsewhere, as the best men's store west of the Pecos.  

    Excellent but pricey restaurants nearby: Campton Place,  Postrio. A little less expensive: Anjou.  A little farther away, but still within walking distance: Le Central, Sam's (very old Frisco, down-at-heel men's club style, no reservations), and the open air restaurants in Belden Place.

    Beyond this, search here and in Andy's for two or three similar threads of recent vintage.  (Should we have a sticky thread for tips on this and other major towns?)

    (Naaah.)

    Mike
     


  3. TheBee'sKnees

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    Thanks for the reply, Kid Kim.  I actually am not all that well-informed, only having briefly poked my head into a few of the shops in that general vicinity.  I have yet to hit some of what I understand to be local institutions (BillyBlue?  thoughts, anyone?)  So insights like yours are greatly appreciated, particularly with respect to the best haircut in town.   Thanks again, and I look forward to hearing from others.
     


  4. Steve B.

    Steve B. Go Spurs Go

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    Billy Blue, Button Down, and Malouf's are must-visits. David Stephen is a block from Billyblue, and is also nice.

    I can post names, contact numbers, and addresses if you'd like.
     


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    there's also cable car clothiers, which i've never been to but i thought should be mentioned since they've been around a while.
     i saw another men's shop down on sansome and...maybe bush? some time ago, as i was walking by...is it still there? when i worked in the vicinity ~4 years ago they weren't there, so i didn't know if it was a fly-by-night or just a relocated business.
     there's The Hound on sutter st.
     there used to be a nice smoke shop on...montgomery or battery? ...haven't been there for years but they had a great humidor. i assume they're still there.

    church's is closed. bally's is closed. emporium is closed. (old news.) city of paris is closed. (before my time.) arthur berens is still there. hermes is in a new big shop. (the old brooks bros location?)

    if you go to billyblue there's a little shop to buy kilts and whiskey nearby. if i had a need for a kilt i would go there. i'll just buy my whiskey at trader joe's.

    /andrew - not a native san franciscan, but i play one on TV.

    ***edit: ps - haircuts: check online guides...near union square there are a plethora of hair places. some of them are complete spas, and have services geared toward men as well. there's one on maiden lane that comes to mind...but at this hour i can't think of the name.
     


  6. LA Guy

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    For streetwear, go to Rolo (2 essentially adjacent locations on Howard - one pure streetwear, one higher end streetwear (Rogan. Neil Barrett, etc... 1 on Market (Right by the Castro) and the original American Rag CIE. Neimans has the largest selection of designer casualwear, but Saks has better buyers - good selection of CDG, Helmut Lang, Costume National, Margiela, Dries van Noten - even the Prada selection is better.
     


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    don't forget the big-ass levi's store. not unique to san francisco, really, (esp since they got rid of the custom fit jeans) but they do have the 'vintage' section downstairs, as well as the customization service. (patches in various materials, embroidery, fringes, monogramming, little rhinestones, etc... get your jeans pimped out there.)
     


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    I second the Rolo recommendation. I visit that store at least once every time I'm up north.
     


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    If you are talking about "the very best places" to shop in San Francisco, you have to start with Wilkes Bashford. Going to San Francisco without visiting Wilkes would be like going to Boston without visiting Louis Boston.
    I have worked with the same salesman at Wilkes for over 16 years--Bill Downes--but the entire staff is knowledgeable and helpful.
     


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    Bee'sKnees--

    Sorry I can't help with the haircut--a constant worry of mine too.

    Somehow, inexcusably, I forgot to mention the Alden shop (201 Kearny, at Sutter).  Worth a visit if only to catch the gleaming, backlit display of black shell cordovans--surely the most eye-popping any of us is likely to see.
     


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    what are the price points like for suits at wilkes?
     


  12. LA Guy

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    High to ridiculously high. About the same as Louis, without Louis' "diffusion" lines (hahahaha. I kill me). Your looking at at 2K, minimum. I think that, if they carried them, Dolce & Gabbana would be their streetwear/diffusion label.
     


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    what are the price points like for suits at wilkes?
    High to ridiculously high. Â About the same as Louis, without Louis' "diffusion" lines (hahahaha. Â I kill me). Â Your looking at at 2K, minimum. Â I think that, if they carried them, Dolce & Gabbana would be their streetwear/diffusion label.
    They carry Roberto Cavalli for women. The main line.
     


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    I bought a great looking black leather car coat (reversible, so you can wear the cashmere lining on the outside if you like) a couple of years ago at a store called Uomo, 475 Sutter St. They have a website. http://www.uomosf.com
     


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    If you're into contemporary wear, this is a good stop, as is BillyBlue. Â Uomo carries little-known Haupt and Signum shirts. Â Very interesting selection for a distinctive look. Â Definitely not for formal office wear.
     


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