by Jonathan Forgang As most stylish guys will attest, few men's stores in the city capture the essence of what guys look for in modern clothes like Steven Alan's TriBeCa boutique. Ever since he first started selling his trademark reverse-seam shirts out of a barbershop in SoHo, this Manhattan native has managed to master the perfect blend of familiar clothing styles matched with unique details, pieces that fit and feel great.
This fall, however, he focuses on his role as a menswear designer with a small group of new exclusive house label pieces. The tote bag, made of hearty canvas fastened with brass rivets, is a symbol of Alan's penchant for refined functionality. Its clever zippered vinyl lining (made from the same material used for boating tarpaulins) renders the bag completely rain-proof.
Just for guys, Steven Alan sneakers are another fashion coup. His Dill Suede design references classic tennis shoe stylings but emphasizes comfort with a generously padded insole and a convenient tab on the back, which helps them slip on easily without warping the soft suede. We could've predicted Alan would have a knack for designing neckties, and he's got the balance of sophistication and wearability down pat. Available in a number of muted colors and designs, his silk ties are collegiate without being stuffy. And perhaps just right for girls, too.
For fall, designer and shop-owner Steven Alan knows what you want to wear before you do.