103 Franklin St.
Style: Refind Casual Sportswear
Known For: Brilliant oxford shirts and hard to find brands
Steven Alan is one of our favorite companies, so we felt it was imperative not only to check out their Tribeca store, but to also do a store profile on it. The Tribeca shop is one of five Steven Alan locations in the New York area, but it is the only one that carries stuff from other designers. Because of this, if you can only stop at one location while you’re in the city, this is the one. Whenever you come here, expect to see Acne, A.P.C, Engineered Garments, plenty of small jeans companies, as well as the best of the Steven Alan collection.
Although it’s not as big as a lot of the stores we’ve covered so far, they make up for a smaller selection by picking tons of cool, wearable stuff. When we walk through Barneys and Saks, we really only take a look at a small percentage of what we see, but at Steven Alan, we go through their whole collection. As you walk in, you’re going to be in the women’s section. We only mention this because we think it’s a great place to pick up a gift for your lady friend… well, that and that we have to tell you to walk back to get to the good stuff.
The men’s section is filled with jeans and button-down shirts. Obviously Steven Alan shirts are some of the best on the market, and with a full wall filled to the brim, it’s not a stretch to say this is the place to come for a casual shirt. The best part about their Wall-o-Shirts is that it seems like just about everything is marked down every time we come in. Usually they’ll be either $98 or $129, but if you catch the right time you can find their shirts on sale for close to $60. Usually they’ll have a few button-downs from Acne or A.P.C hanging around, but if you’re looking for shirts just go to the wall full of Steven Alan shirts.
One could spend an inordinate amount of time on their signature casual shirts, but there is more to the store than this. Next to the Wall-o-Shirts is a very respectable collection of denim. The last time we were in there we saw stuff by Acne, A.P.C, Kicking Mule Workshop, RRL, and Crate–and we’re sure that we’re blanking on a few others. This is ideal if you’re looking for skinny jeans, but they also have plenty of stuff for those looking for straight legs as this was a great place to find New Standard’s when they were elusive as hell.
As far as the service goes, it’s hands-off, but just the way we like it. Every one of the sales people is totally laid back, but they don’t give that pretentious hipster glare like at Opening Ceremony or A.P.C. This is the kind of place where a guy can come in and just browse without feeling hounded. You don’t have to know everything about style, as they just treat you like someone who is looking for a shirt, which is the way shopping should be.
Stores Like It: J. Crew Liquor Store, Opening Ceremony
What to Get Here: Button-Down Shirts and Jeans
What Not to Get Here: Suits and Dress Shirts
Price Range: Shirts $60-$180, Sweaters $150-$350, Jeans $150-$300, Outerwear $250-$500, Sport Coats $300-$600,
Overall Rating: Great Clothes, Solid Prices, Respectable Service. 9/10