In this week's Thursday Styles, Critical Shopper Jon Caramanica finally makes it to New York's latest menswear mecca, Carson Street Clothiers in SoHo. The Shophound visited the store about six weeks ago, when it opened, and we were expecting Caramanica's take on it shortly afterwards since the Critical Shoppers are usually quick to cover prominent new stores. It turns out that our shopper had to put it off only because his anonymity was compromised on his initial visit by one of the very #menswear "illuminati" whose collective tastes and opinions appear to have strongly shaped the store's aesthetic.
But he finally made it there and found it "so fully in character that it was as much a shopping experience as a series of perfectly planted vignettes, an off-off-Broadway production of a well-dressed life."
Like The Shophound, Caramanica seems ready to cynically marvel at what seems like a collection of style blogs brought to life, except that the store's so full of great stuff, neither he nor we could even attempt to resist it. From what we can gather, nobody else can either.
Critical Shopper: Relaxing Into Masculinity By Jon Caramanica (NYTimes)
Carson Street Clothiers 63 Crosby Street between Spring & Broome Streets, SoHo
New Arrivals: Carson Street Clothiers Is SoHo's Most Perfectly Composed New Store