S.F.'s Best Menswear Shops—That Even Girls Will Dig

When it comes to shopping locally, San Francisco guys have got it made. And while it seems that something new, super-innovative, and male-leaning pops up on the boutique scene every other month, that doesn’t mean guys get to have all the fun. Many of these shops—from the cult-followed Unionmade and The Brooklyn Circus to relative newcomers Welcome Stranger and MAAS & Stacks—have rad offerings that even girls can indulge in. Well, ladies who want to try out the always-classic masculine-feminine look, at least. Just check out these seven completely covetable men’s shops after the jump that’ll make you want to book a boy-girl shopping date asap.
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Welcome Stranger
An absolute gem for the fellas stocked with wares by A.P.C., Billy Reid, and Tellason, chicks wandering into the store will definitely appreciate the rustic decor and awesome selection of soaps and candles by Malin + Goetz and Patch NYC, unisex perfumes by Six Scents, flasks and credit card holders by In God We Trust, Fjallraven mini-backpacks, vintage-inspired shades by local label Mayfourteenth, and the small-sized garments by Topman and Burkman Bros.
Welcome Stranger, 460 Gough Street (at Hayes Street); 415-864-2079.
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MAAS & Stacks
Thanks to its slim cuts garments by Patrik Ervell, Band of Outsiders, Wings + Horns, and others, this relative newcomer to the scene will appeal to both minimalist guys and their tomboy lady friends. Plus, the shop's Navajo blanket bags, stacks of Apartamento interiors magazines, and spare but beautiful floral arrangements (for looking, not for buying), are also all unisex-friendly.
MAAS & Stacks, 2128 Market Street (between Church and Sanchez streets); 415-678-5629.
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The Brooklyn Circus
This men's shop known for its nod to both Americana heritage and born-in-Brooklyn hip-hop culture attracts many a cool cat in town. Similarly in-the-know gals tend to gravitate toward the shop's display case in the back, which holds bracelets and other accessories. Plus, there are women's tees, unisex cardigans, hats, and henleys, vintage hankies, a vibrant collection of Happy Socks, and lush Chesterfield couches and awesome circus-themed decor that will keep both sexes happy.
The Brooklyn Circus, 1521 Fillmore Street (between Geary and O'Farrell streets); 415-359-1999.
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With stacks and stacks of goods for the guys (including Grown & Sewn trousers and Oliver Spencer tops), it'd be hard for a dude to walk out of this veteran Hayes Valley boutique empty handed. And same goes for the girls, thanks to the shop's tempting selection of Nixon watches in every hue imaginable, classic Jack Spade wallets and totes, yummy scents, and candy-colored earphones by UrbanEars.
Nomads, 556 Hayes Street (between Octavia and Laguna streets); 415-864-5692.
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Perhaps the best known menswear shop in San Francisco, this Americana-themed boutique on the corner of Sanchez and 18th has just about anything a classically-leaning man could want, including J.Crew button-downs, vintage Levi's jeans, and Golden Bear bomber jackets. Women shoppers will also appreciate the vast collection of art and culture magazines spread out on the middle table (Anthology and Monocle among them), patterned blankets, slouchy boyfriend shirts, and Unionmade's new woodsy line of candles.
Unionmade, 493 Sanchez Street (at 18th Street); 415-861-3373.
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The Common
Located next to Four Barrel in what's becoming the hottest strip on Valencia (between 14th and 15th streets), The Common is a good place for couples to come through with mugs in hand. What's in store for them? Sturdy and classic canvas bags by Wm. J. Mills & Co., stationery by Oakland-based Carrot & Stick Press, and made-to-order (and off-the-rack) button-downs by house label Taylor Stitch that make up a bulk of the inventory.
The Common, 383 Valencia Street (between 15th and 14th streets); 415-322-8773.
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Sui Generis
Ok, so the girl stuff might not be front and center at this much beloved men's designer consignment shop. But ladies need only venture a block down the street to get their own Sui Generis fix thanks to the boutique's new womenswear shop with the same concept: High-end, gently or never worn designer goods (we're talking Jil Sander, Alexander McQueen, and YSL) at unbeatable prices. Plus, there are mini-bottles of champagne with straws stuck in them served up as soon as you enter the door. Win-win!
Sui Generis Ille, 2231 Market Street (between Sanchez and Noe streets); 415-437-2265; Sui Generis Illa, 2265 Market Street (between Sanchez and Noe streets); 415-437-2265.

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