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The Webster, Miami Beach
This story first appeared in the January 17, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
Housed in the famed Art Deco-era Webster Hotel on Collins Avenue in South Beach, The Webster offers luxury sportswear, contemporary denim, T-shirts and well-known swimwear brands, along with jewelry and photography for “the enjoyment of Miami Beach tastemakers and jet-setters alike.” Its owners—Laure Hériard Dubreuil, Frederic Dechnik and Milan Vukmirovic, co-founder of the celebrated Paris boutique Colette—offer more than 85 brands, including Band of Outsiders, Dsquared and Tom Ford in men’s. Customers are pampered with private valets and their own personal stylists, and the luxe Paris restaurant Caviar Kaspia operates its first U.S. restaurant at the store.
American Rag Store, Los Angeles
With more than 80 brands and 5,500 square feet devoted to denim in the World Denim Bar at its L.A. flagship, American Rag has what is believed to be the largest denim selection in the country, if not the world, according to men’s buyer James Hammonds. The mix centers around premium brands but actually runs the gamut from Levi’s 501s for $50 to exclusive washes from PRPS for $1,000. The company, founded in 1984 by Mark Werts, will expand its footprint this year by opening a World Denim Bar adjacent to its existing store in Newport Beach, Calif. By the middle of 2011, denim bars will open in Scottsdale, Ariz., and on San Francisco’s Union Square.
Kilgore Trout, Cleveland
Billed as the “Unhurried and Uncommon” store, the 10,000-square-foot emporium offers luxurious apparel, accessories and home goods for both men and women. Founded in 1977 by Wally Naymon and named after a character who appeared in several novels by Kurt Vonnegut, the store offers everything from sportswear and suits to tuxedos. Top labels include Robert Comstock, Scott Barber, Wellensteyn, Kroon, Agave, Moncler, Robert Talbott, John Varvatos and Eton of Sweden.
Saturdays, New York City
The middle of a concrete jungle may not seem like the most logical place to open a surf shop, but that didn’t stop the owners of Saturdays Surf NYC from choosing Manhattan’s SoHo district for their retail debut. Since it was unveiled on Crosby Street a year and a half ago, Saturdays has generated a tsunami of buzz with its line of contemporary men’s surfwear. The collection makes nods to the old-school style of the Fifties and Sixties, but always with an updated twist. The store also offers other brands with a similar sensibility, such as Riviera Club jeans, as well as all the surfing essentials: boards, wet suits and leashes, not to mention books and grooming products.
Mitchells Family of Stores, Westport, Conn.
Since its modest beginnings in 1958, the Mitchell family has cobbled together what is one of the finest assortments of independent men’s specialty stores in the U.S., comprising Mitchells in Westport, Conn.; Richards in Greenwich, Conn.; Marshs in Huntington, N.Y., and the latest additions, Wilkes Bashford in San Francisco and Thomas Miller on Long Island. All told, the retail juggernaut generates annual sales of more than $100 million a year.