If your beau feels most at home with the antlers-and-Pendleton-blanket vibe, he’ll love Federal — a cozy-yet-hip spot specializing in all things heritage, rugged, and outdoorsy (or, at least, a cool city boy's idea of outdoorsy). A beard may not be required to shop here, but it certainly wouldn't hurt.
Where: 2216 14th Street NW; 202-518-3375.
Hugh & Crye
Men get just as frustrated by inconsistent sizing as women do, and having to spend extra cash on tailoring an off-the-rack shirt can be a bummer. If your guy is close to giving up on finding the perfect shirt, walk him down the stairs to this quiet and airy shop, where the staff will guide him through a modernized sizing system and help him find basics that work.
Where: 3212 O Street NW, Suite 5; 202-250-3807.
Shop owner Kelly Muccio starts by stocking hard-to-find brands (Rogan, Band of Outsiders, Relwen) in her boutique, but goes above and beyond, to deliver serious customer service — from closet consultations to custom cocktails — that makes shoppers feel like members of an exclusive club.
Where: 1033 31st Street NW; 202-333-0093.
This Dutch menswear brand supplies more than just suits, but the suits are the real draw. The new-to-Georgetown outpost offers traditional and modern styles in off-the-rack or made-to-measure options, at prices that start well below the typical mall chains. Should the fit need a little tweaking, customers can settle in for a coffee while the on-site tailor gets the job done.
Where: 2828 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 202-800-7800.
This boutique is co-ed, so ladies and gents can shop together for forward-thinking, slightly edgy clothing, shoes, and accessories. Think cool asymmetric cuts and moody color palettes that are more fitting for an art gallery than a boardroom. If your so-hip man-friend has ever pouted that he can only shop for clothes in New York, this is the place to bring him.
Where: 1734 14th Street NW; 202-332-7447.
Photos: Courtesy of Federal, Michael Andrews Bespoke, Alton Lane, and Redeem
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