Consumer insights: Men who shop

We asked New York professionals what they’re buying — and not buying.


Men who shop -- JasonJason

Age: 37
Occupation: President of a public relations agency

Office dress code: We say “dress to the client,” but I encourage everyone to dress with a strong point of view. If you aren’t sure why you put something on that day, it is a pretty good assumption that you shouldn’t be wearing it.
Describe your personal style outside the office. Clean, architectural and classic with a modern edge.

Where do you shop? I’m more product-driven than shop loyal. But I usually shop at Barneys and Uniqlo. I like Barneys because they carry a great mix of designers and product (both directional and high-quality basics). I like Uniqlo because their products are well made and affordable. They also take risks with unique collaborations. I helped launch them in the U.S., so perhaps I’m a bit partial!

How much do you spend? About $1,000 per month. I have a denim addiction.

What was your last purchase and what do you plan to buy next? I recently bought an RLX ski jacket and pants for my upcoming trip to Aspen and a new Panerai (Radiomir Black Seal). I’m eyeing the Prada Canapa & Vitello tote in military green.

Any trends you’re liking or hating? For work, I like short rounded collar dress shirts and skinny ties, with a short cut blazer (double vent). For casual, I love wearing my beat up World War I-inspired combat boots with zippers down the side so I can easily tuck my super straight leg, dark, raw denim pants into them. In theory, I like the men’s version of harem pants in denim or as trousers, but they don’t actually work for most men.

Alex

Age: 38
Occupation: Director at an investment bank
Office dress code: Business casual.

Describe your personal style outside the office. Casual: jeans, sportcoats and boots.

Where do you shop? I’m 6’7” so it’s difficult to find nice, well-fitting clothes. I’ve tried Rochester Big & Tall and Westport Big & Tall but have found that clothes from Saks Fifth Avenue fit me better. They have more choices and personal shopping assistance.

How much do you spend? Approximately $1,500 to $2,000 per month.

What was your last purchase and what do you plan to buy next? My last purchase was a suit from Armani. For my next purchase, I’d like a made-to-measure suit from Salvatore Ferragamo.

Josh

Age: 31
Occupation: Associate broker at a real estate firm
Office dress code: Business dress.

Describe your personal style outside the office. Vintage; T-shirts and jeans.

Where do you shop? For the office, I buy suits from custom tailors and buy custom shirts from richardbrayshirts.com.

How much do you spend? $1,000 per month.

What was your last purchase and what do you plan to buy next? I just purchased a new Polo suit for $800. Next purchase is a new tie clip, on which I’ll probably spend $50 to $100.

Any trends you’re liking or hating? I strongly dislike hipster clothing like tight jeans and flannel shirts.

Michael

Age: 36
Occupation: SVP of sales and marketing at a real estate title insurance agency
Office dress code: Business attire (suits).

Describe your personal style outside the office. Nice jeans, and a [sport] shirt; never sweats unless I’m working out.
Where do you shop? For suits and dress shirts, I use a tailor. Tailored suits are made to order and when you’re 6’4”, off the rack doesn’t work. For ties I go to Banana Republic, Zara and Charles Tyrwhitt.

How much do you spend? $2,000 to $5,000 three times a year; I buy in bunches.

What was your last purchase and what do you plan to buy next? I bought 10 new tailored shirts this week, and I don’t need anything else until my tailor is back in town.

Any trends you’re liking or hating? Never pleats or cuffs on my suit pants, and for my shirts I like medium collar, French cuff.

Cliff

Age: 33
Occupation: Private equity investor
Office dress code: Business casual, but I wear a suit at least once a week. I own some nice suits, shirts and ties, so I figure I might as well wear them! Wearing a suit makes me look sharp and professional when everyone else is more casual.

Describe your personal style outside the office. I don’t want people to know that I work in finance by how I dress outside of work, so I try to keep it casual and comfortable (Stan Smith sneakers and dark jeans). I stay away from things that are too trendy or hipster, like skinny jeans, lots of jewelry, winter hats and sunglasses indoors.

Where do you shop? I like Reiss for shirts; they’re slim fit, sharp and tailoring is free. I’ve been there enough now that they even give me a discount! Victorinox in Soho has cool, sporty outerwear. And Sean in Soho has shirts and sweaters that I can wear to work or out on a Saturday night.

How much do you spend? I shop a few times a year and buy in bulk, but I’m trying to change that. I buy about one suit a year, which is probably more than I need since we’re business casual at work. Without the suit, I spend about $200 to $300 a month.

What was your last purchase and what do you plan to buy next? I just bought a new pair of Ray Bans since my other sunglasses were scratched and old. I need a new bathing suit and flip-flops for an upcoming vacation. I’d like a few custom shirts to wear to work.

Any trends you’re really liking or hating? I don’t like toggle coats, chunky sweaters and turtlenecks, plaid shirts and skinny jeans. I do like skinny wool plaid ties and tie bars. And though I don’t wear them, bow ties.

Kyle

Age: 28
Occupation: Wealth management associate
Office dress code: Business attire (suit and tie).

Describe your personal style outside the office. Modern preppy mixed with urban style.

Where do you shop? Gant Rugger, J. Crew, Billy Reid and Polo Ralph Lauren all have a tailored fit with a cool, relaxed shopping atmosphere.

How much do you spend? $250 to $400 a month.

What was your last purchase and what do you plan to buy next? I just bought Wolverine 1,000 Mile boots from Cockpit NYC. I want a wool pea coat from either Gant or J. Crew, but only if I can’t find one at an Army supply store. If it’s good for guys in the armed forces, it’s good for me!

Any trends you’re liking or hating? I like the resurfacing of preppy staples but in a more tailored fit. Guys tend to buy items too large and the new trends help men understand fit. I don’t like that brands are taking basic items and re-branding them in an effort to charge higher retail prices (i.e. J.Crew offering exclusive colorways of the New Balance 1400 or co-branding Timex watches).

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