dapperQ’s store guide is a roundup of retailers that are designing or curating collections of *menswear and/or *menswear inspired clothing, accessories, undergarments, and shoes for you! We included retailers that are:
+ Queer owned and operated and/or queer friendly;
+ dapperQ approved (Meaning our team personally owns and/or has tested their products); and/or
+ Recommended by readers.
Wildfang Flagship Store
Based out of Toronto, Alljackedup offers hand crafted bow ties for the discerning dandy and their dog. Standout products: Limited edition ties included as part of the Alljackedup “Ties to Love” campaign, such as their “My Trans Heros” tie, which comes in multiple colors, features the names of prominent trans leaders.
AMBIANCE COUTURE BOW TIES
Queer owned and operated, Ambiance Couture designs bow ties made from the finest textiles, prints, and accents. Standout products: Ambiance’s Symphony Trio bow tie made our list of top 10 bow-ties of 2012. The brand’s owner and designer, Silki Harris, wowed audiences at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event with Ambiance’s unique bow tie chains.
Androgyny is a revolutionary brand designing clothing for androgynous women and trans* identified individuals, who have fit and style preferences that are rarely met by mainstream brands. Standout products: Signature shirt that has (1) a “boob” button to minimize gaping, (2) no darts, (3) a full cut to accommodate, but not accentuate, curves.
Angie Chuang is a NYC-based genderfluid, high-end streetwear brand. With a mindful balance of masculine and feminine, the line offers new perspectives on traditional silhouettes. Each piece draws from art and architecture reinterpreted into color stories, textures and an innovative design approach. Chuang graduated from Parsons School of Design with a degree in fashion design. She honed her technical skills at some of the industries most respected and celebrated fashion houses including Theory, Coach and Kenneth Cole.
BINDLE & KEEP
Bindle & Keep is a bespoke menswear company based out of New York City that endeavors to provide the finest fabrics, an unparalleled attention to detail, and white-glove client service. They tailor suits, shirts, and jackets to your exacting specifications and sartorial tastes. Standout products: Rae Tutera, dapperQ contributor and founder of the fashion blog The Handsome Butch, endorses their bespoke dress shirts, and our readers recommend Bindle & Keep for high quality wedding attire.
BKLYN DRY GOODS
By forgoing the traditional brick and mortar formula and instead hosting pop-up events throughout New York City and points across the country, BKLYN Dry Goods strives to bring the market a tightly merchandised, thoughtfully executed collection of menswear, objects and curiosities offered at extremely fair prices. Standout products: Items in their apparel section are vintage and/or rare, so there is usually just one of each item available. But, they are so thoughtfully curated that it is easy to put together a one-of-a-kind heritage, urban woodsman dapper look. Co-owner Jahn Hall is a genius at styling dapperQ bodies (take a look at his work here).
Brooks Brothers is known for its all-American classic style for both *men and *women. But, did you know that in 1954, the BB NYC store created a counter to encourage women to buy men’s shirts for themselves? Since then, BB has been creating both *men’s and *women’s classic pieces that look great on all genders. Standout products: Our readers recommend both their *men’s and *women’s dress shirts. But, we’re particularly fond of their Classic *Women’s Button-Down shirt, because it has no bust darts and has a relaxed fit through the body and hips for female-bodied individuals.
Queer owned and operated Butch Basix offers all of the extras you need to kick your dapper game up a notch: ties, rings, bottle openers, skin care, you name it. They are on point with their accessory game, particularly rings and wrist cuffs.
BUTCH CLOTHING COMPANY
BCC provides suits, jackets, trousers, shirts, waistcoats, overcoats, and accessories designed to fit a butch woman perfectly! Standout products: Outstanding, classic bespoke wedding attire, formal wear, and business suits.
CharlieBoy is a new gender of clothing encouraging freedom for women and trans* identified individuals to express themselves through the way they dress and experiment with tomboy and androgynous style. Standout products: Their long and short sleeve button-down shirts, which are inspired by the 1920s, are a perfect mix of modern and retro.
COTTON BOW TIE CO.
Queer owned and operated Cotton Bow Tie Co. designs fresh, fashion-forward bow ties inspired by current trends in couture menswear and street style. Standout products: Since their bow ties are not massed produced, there are always new collections regularly featured on their site, meaning you get unique pieces. Their bow ties were featured and received high praise at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event.
Distinguished Cravats are not your average neckties and bow ties. Designer Kate Ross uses unique blends of silk with leather neck “straps” to create head-turning, statement pieces. Standout products: Ross’ collections change regularly, so that her line stays fresh and relevant. Her ties were featured on our 2012 list of best bow ties.
Duchess provides high quality suits and other garments, both custom and off-the-rack, as well as excellent, impassioned, and insightful service. Standout products: Impeccably made masculine suits and wedding attire.
Sonny Oram, Founder of the queer style blog Qwear, is a big fan of Everlane’s affordable casual basics, such as their t-shirts, terry sweatshirts, and button-downs. We think Oram looks great in Everlane too (see here).
EXCEPTIONAL NEW DESIGN CONCEPT SHOP (Reported closed)
END is an independent unisex e-store featuring a roster of global, underground brands. Standout products: dapperQ guest bloggers Jaime and LGW of The Test Shot, an online project that documents transmasculine style, recently modeled some of END’s shirts and pants and our team was immediately impressed by the style and quality of brands featured in END’s collection.
(Temporarily closed) Fourteen is a clothing line of classic suit separates specially tailored for the lesbian, queer, and trans community. Standout products: Impeccably made tuxedos and tuxedo shirts with necklines and shirt cuffs that are modified, and chest room added where needed. Readers highly recommend Fourteen for wedding attire. Items in their collection were featured and received rave reviews at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event.
FOX & BRIE
Fox & Brie is a line of handcrafted menswear, specializing in bow ties, neckties and other accessories. Ties are made with a variety of new and vintage fabrics collected from all over the world. Standout products: Fox & Brie bow ties received high praise from attendees at dapperQ’s New York Fashion Week. Their bow ties have also made our list of top 10 bow ties of 2012.
GENDER FREE WORLD
Gender Free World (GFW) was founded in 2015 (part of Gender Free World Ltd) by a consortium of like-minded individuals who were seeking alternatives to ill-fitting androgynous and masculine attire that is traditionally designed for a narrow group of consumers. Standout products: GFW’s first collection of long sleeve shirts. The fabric is sourced from sustainable production and conforms to the ‘fair made’ standard. GFW’s collections has since grown from shirts to include underwear, bow-ties, and coats.
Grit Gear wearable leather art accessories are custom made with high-quality leather and hardware. Every piece is an original design, by queer artist YK Hong, created to distinguish and make a statement. Standout products: We are HUGE fans of Grit Gear leather suspenders and bow-ties. Their Triple Suspension suspenders were received with high acclaim at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event.
Haute Butch fashion collection is a vibrant outward expression of dressing that represents the core of a butch woman’s gender presentation. From unique blazers, color contrasting dress shirts, sleek and highly tailored vests, preppy pastel polos – butch style seekers can consider this label a “go to destination for all things butch.” Standout products: We are fans of their outerwear and jackets, as pictured here on Brown Boi Shea Archer at Archer’s wedding officiated by B. Cole.
JAG & CO.
Bespoke clothing meets vintage chic at this clothier that creates clothing for all genders. CEO and designer Jaguar Bedford has designed her website without the traditional “men’s” and “women’s” categories. It’s just all about the clothes here. Standout products: Every item of clothing is beautifully tailored. Jag & Co. offers a Paper Boy Suit, complete with matching formal dress shorts; perfect for formal events on days that are just too hot for pants.
JO JO & SOFIA
Jo Jo & Sofia hand makes one-of-a-kind accessories, such as tie clips, cuff links, and pocket squares, from refurbished vintage digs. Standout products: Upcycled tie clips and pocket squares have been a smash at dapperQ New York Fashion Week events since 2012. Their Roar tie clip is a dapperQ team favorite.
Based out of San Francisco, Kipper Clothiers is committed the production of high-quality, well-fitting custom suits and shirts with a masculine silhouette for the Bay Area LGBTQ community. Standout products: Master tailors create wedding attire, formal wear, and business suits that are form-fitting, with armholes that are raised, and pants constructed to provide a cleaner line from the waist to the ankle.
Kirrin Finch is a conscientious clothing company, founded by Brooklyn-based couple Laura and Kelly Moffat, that creates menswear-inspired apparel designed to fit a range of female bodies, non-binary folks and transmen. Their button-up shirts and t-shirts are made in New York City using eco-friendly materials and practices. Standout products: their button-ups are known for having unique accent details, such as colorful cuff buttons, contrasting fabrics on the pocket and cuffs, and fun printed fabrics.
Kreuzbach 10 designs menswear inspired shirts cut to fit women’s bodies. Standout products: Australian sizing runs small, so their tuxedo shirt is perfect for petite individuals. Kreuzbach 10 was featured in and received rave reviews at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event.
Lands End offers timeless American pieces that are made to last. Standout products: Gone are the days when we associate Lands End with mom jeans. They are competing with brands like J. Crew to bring stylish new heirlooms for the fashion-forward prepster at any age. Our readers really appreciate their selection of button-downs that come without bust darts (unfortunately, plus-sizes come with darts) and tailored pants that accommodate hips.
MARIMACHO (Readers report as closed)
Marimacho is classic fashion, including blazers/jackets, swimwear, dress shirts, and pants, designed for the unconventionally masculine. Standout products: Marimaco’s Brooklyn Blazer addresses common fit issues and has elbow patches that epitomize classic dapper style. Also, readers swear by Marimacho’s gender-neutral swimwear.
Men’s suits, dress shirts, ties, shoes, slacks, sport coats, tuxedos and casual clothing. Standout products: Many of our readers have purchased or rented their wedding suits from Men’s Wearhouse. And, while we cannot vouch for all of the locations, our readers have stated that Men’s Wearhouse offers great customer service.
NIK KACY GENDER NEUTRAL FOOTWEAR
Inspired by the fashion needs of the LGBTQ community, NiK Kacy has designed a collection of luxury, gender equal shoes that fits all genders and identities. Standout products: Pretty much every shoe is pure indulgence, from their classic derby’s to their monk strap boots.
Original Tomboy is a lifestyle brand by Alicia Hardesty, who draws on her Kentucky heritage to design unisex clothing that is a mixture of modern and vintage. Standout products: Self-identified tomboy Hardesty is already receiving acclaim for her innovative, “Southern cool” designs and even landed a spot on Project Runway season 10. Additionally, items from her collection were featured in and received high praise at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event.
Outplay is a queer-owned, Miami-based company designing androgynous, gender-neutral swimwear. They offer full-coverage and mid-drift swim tops, swim trunks, and board shorts. Standout products: In addition to swimwear, Outplay offers super comfortable, drop-crotch pants that are perfect to throw on if you want to look stylish after a dip in the water.
PEAU DE LOUP
Based out of Vancouver, Peau De Loup (PDL) is an apparel company specializing in button-downs for female-bodied individuals. Standout products: Their Alpha shirt, made of up-cycled fabrics, is engineered with all of the details of a traditional menswear shirt but made to fit dapperQs. PDL sources only the best material, so their shirts feel lux (LUX, LUXXXXX – the staff own some)…and they are environmentally friendly.
PETER MANNING / FIVE EIGHT NYC
Peter Manning / Five Eight was founded to provide men 5’8” and under with great clothing that fits properly. While the company’s original focus was to serve the over 25% of American men 5’8″ and under, the company understands that masculine people of all genders experience similar fit issues. And, they are queer-friendly! Standout products: Many brands are specializing in button-downs and bespoke formal wear; but, Peter Manning / Five Eight offers stylish off the rack casual pants, like their slim fit chinos, with inseams that start at 27″.
PLAY OUT UNDERWEAR
Gender-neutral underwear for women that breaks the stereotype – not too pink, not too girly. Just cool, comfortable, sexy and fun – like you! Standout products: Play Out’s Hipster and Boy Short style underwear are great for dapperQs who like *men’s underwear but do not want the Y-front opening. The company is also queer owned and operated, so that’s an added bonus.
RAIFE & SINGER
Neckwear handcrafted in Brooklyn. Standout products: Reader favorites include skinny floral bow ties and neck-chains. But, our personal favorite are their wood bolos, which are perfect for those who want to go beyond the status quo bow.
Ratio clothing handcrafts custom-made shirts in the USA, guaranteeing a perfect fit or they’ll remake your shirt(s) for free! Standout products: For every dollar you spend on an off-the-rack designer shirt, only about 20 cents go towards the actual labor and materials to make it. At Ratio, it’s over double that, which leads to a much higher quality product. Don’t believe us? Then ask Sonny Oram of the queer blog Qwear to tell you just how happy they are with how Ratio’s shirts fit.
Women owned and operated RodeoH offers high quality, fashionable harnesses perfect for packing or strapping. Standout products: We normally would not include adult toys in our list of recommended *menswear brands. However, these harnesses are very stylish, no-fuss, fun undergarments that also happen to have a more “functional” purpose.
Saint Harridan has created a line of suits designed to fit your body and your gender. Suits feature a sleek masculine cut, re-engineered for women and transmen. Standout products: Their suits, of course! They were a smash at dapperQ’s second New York Fashion Week event and are perfect for work and weddings. Right now, everyone wants to get their hands on a Saint Harridan suit.
Scout’s Honor is a tomboy apparel company based out of San Francisco. Their current collection focuses on button-down shirts specifically made to accommodate female-bodied individuals. Standout products: We are particularly fond of their short sleeve Camper shirt, a stylish option for warm weather months.
Based out of LA, Sharpe Suiting creates high quality suits and dress attire for all identities and body types. Their clothing is “undefined by gender binaries.” We are particularly interested in getting our hands on one of their gingham-lined, satin lapel blazers.
SIR NEW YORK
Trans designer and owner, Austin Bjorkman, designs high end meets street menswear that is perfect for the fashion risk-taker. Standout products: Readers who are fans of futuristic athletic street goth love SIR New York’s aesthetic. Bjorkman’s designs have been featured in hip-hop videos and popular menswear magazines.
Owned and operated by QPOC couple Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme, Stuzo Clothing is a line of affordable, genderless, laid-back Cali street style. Stuzo has been worn by androgynous model Madison Paige, Kiyomi McCloskey of Hunter Valentine and The Real L-Word, and rapper and choreographer Lady Cultura. Stuzo only produces a few pieces per design in order to provide quality, limited edition products.
SUNSUN is a queer-owned brand offering casual custom unisex pieces in bright, Kente cloth, geometric, and graphic prints. Standout products: Each product is incredibly artistic and special, mixing traditional and modern patters and silhouettes. Their designs are fresh and exciting, a much welcomed reprieve from the traditional “suit and tie” designs dominating the queer fashion scene. An added bonus is that all items are custom made, so you get pieces that are unique and made-to-measure.
THE GRUNION RUN GROOMSMEN SHOP
The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop offers creative, affordable modern masculine wedding styles with a vintage touch. Standout products: The queer-friendly Grunion Run owners have their hand on the pulse of modern weddings. They understand that, as we expand our definition of marriage, we are also expanding our definition of wedding attire. The dapperQ team and readers are big fans of their chambray button-downs, suspenders, and madras ties, which can be combined to create country-meets-city wedding ensembles.
THE SHIRT BY ROCHELLE
Rochelle Behrens invented The Shirt after years of wearing ill-fitting button downs that gaped at the bust. Her patented dual-button technology addresses gaping. Standout products: The icon shirt is designed without seams in the front for a smooth finish.
Woman owned and operated, the Tailory New York is an appointment only custom clothing company that combines the modernity of fashion design with the heritage art of custom tailoring for all genders. Standout products: The Tailory’s commitment to personalizing every design to each client’s individual style and shape results in impeccable fit and special pieces, as reflected in forward-thinking cuts and fabrics not found in retail stores.
THIS HUMBLE ABODE
Supporting organic textile production whenever possible, This Humble Abode creates handmade goods, including neckties and bow ties. Standout products: Custom designs can be requested and are perfect for one-of-a-kind occasions, like weddings. Their wool bow tie made our list of top 10 bow-ties of 2012.
THOMASTHOMAS: Menswear Tailoring For Women
Founder SJ Weston brings her background in menswear tailoring with former label Eastie Empire to ThomasThomas, which is all about British fabrics, vintage detailing and a modern cut. They release one look every month, as well as offering any of their house styles custom made in your choice of fabric, size and cut.
THREE LEAVES MENSWEAR
Three Leaves, founded in 2012 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, curates a line of cruelty free, socially responsible, eco-friendly, organic men’s clothing and vegan boots, shoes, and sneakers. Three Leaves aims to be the source for ethical fashion for those who live without compromise. Standout products: While Three Leaves is a traditional menswear e-store, the owner, Adam Batnick, is queer-friendly and will help you find the perfect heritage ensemble for any occasion regardless of your gender. dapperQ models are particularly fond of Three Leave’s collection of jeans and button-downs.
THÚY CUSTOM CLOTHIER
Thúy H. Nguyen is a personal stylist who started a small, San Francisco-based business that creates affordable custom suits and dress attire for people of all genders. He works with a shop in Thailand, where master tailors custom make each item. The business is still in its starting phases, but definitely one to look out for.
Australian based company Tom-Boi designs men’s style undies cut for women so they don’t have the extra fabric in the ‘pocket’ and are wedgie free. They offer international shipping to the USA and UK. Tom-Boi has plans to start producing other items of clothing in the near future. Keep an eye out!
Tomboy Toes is an online retailer of men’s style dress shoes in sizes that fit women, trans men, non-binary people and all people with smaller feet. Standout Products: Their “Down Town Dappers” are gorgeous shoes for any business or formal ocassion.
TomboyX creates menswear-inspired clothing for women. Standout Products: Their line of original boxer briefs are the most comfortable (and dapper) pair of underwear you will ever put on.
The Topman brand provides a large selection of key pieces cut specifically to fit tall and petite customers. Standout products: Not only do our dapperQ bloggers and readers swear by Topman’s shirts, pants, and suits, but Sonny Oram of the blog Qwear is also a huge fan.
Trandlands creates menswear inspired staples for women with a relentless emphasis on fit, details, and quality. All of their products are guaranteed to last and made to be lived in. Standout products: Our friends over at Autostraddle cannot get enough of Trandlands’ button-downs, giving them praise for their quality and longevity, and for the fact that they are made by an independent business.
VEEA’s designs truly high-end menswear fashion (pants, jackets, shirts, vests) made to fit women. Standout products: VEEA button-downs come in unique, fashion-forward patterns and colors, so you can diversify your dress shirt collection. Our Managing Editor’s partner is a fan of their Echo button-down.
By androgynous women for androgynous women, VEER NYC is an online retailer that curates gender-neutral clothing collections. Standout products: Their collections tend to have a more urban feel (think drop-crotch pants, leather embellished sweat shirts, and street goth tops). Readers who do not identify with the traditional dapper aesthetic highly recommend this brand for urban-chic wear.
WE ARE MORTALS
Firmly rejecting the traditional gender binary and serving as a voice for the future, We Are Mortals designs gender neutral, high fashion athleisure wear for are those who don’t easily fit into a label or category. Standout products: Their liquid silver sweatshirt is a classic must have staple, perfect for any style across the feminine-masculine spectrum.
With both a storefront and an online shop, Wildfang offers clothing collections curated for the modern day tomboy. Standout products: Their chinos are both relaxed, yet structured enough to wear as dress and casual pants. Our Managing Editor and her partner, who are on opposite ends of the gender-spectrum, share the Wildfang x Peau de Loup exclusive Wolf button-down, which can be styled feminine or masculine.
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