Manready Mercantile almost offers it all.
Forty Five Ten's new downtown Dallas digs (Photo by Mindy Byrd)
Sid Mashburn shop, Dallas
The Sid Mashburn corduroy trouser. "Sid thinks of them as the outdoor man's jean. It's a versatile pant. You can wear it really casual or more refined," says manager Libbye Morrell.
In the age of online shopping, local brick-and-mortar stores don’t get as much editorial love as they once did. In an effort to remedy that, glossy men’s fashion and style mag GQ highlights 25 shops in a big way in its new issue by dubbing them the “The Best New Stores in the World” and devoting a 14-page spread to them.
Three Texas shops made the list. No surprise, New York comes in first with eight stores highlighted, and Los Angeles has five. But the remaining cities are as varied as Montreal, Kansas City, Tokyo, and Miami, which all puts stores on the list. And of course, Houston and Dallas do too.
Houston Heights-based men’s shop Manready Mercantile comes in at No 14. GQ‘s Nick Marino writes about Manready Mercantile’s founder Travis Weaver, “He stocks everything a body needs, whether he’s courting a southern belle or chasing a hog through the brush.” While we aren’t sure how many Houstonians are into hog chasing (duck or quail hunting is more like it), Manready Mercantile does seem have it all for today’s modern man.
Disciples of Weaver’s Americana dream live by the “work hard, live well” catchphrase, and turn to Weaver for his curated selection of Helm leather boots, hand-hammered knives, denim button-downs, beard oil, and Knickerbocker hats. Manready Mercantile has a couple of reasons to clink whiskey glasses — they just spent the weekend celebrating the store’s third anniversary (stores that opened within the last five years qualify as new under GQ‘s guidelines).
No. 20 on the list is Dallas’s high-fashion darling Forty Five Ten. GQ praises the new location on Main Street as a “37,000-square-foot behemoth in Dallas that stocks adventurous designers like Visvim and Haider Ackermann, pushing conservative Texans out past their comfort zone.” The story quotes men’s fashion director/street style star Nick Wooster as saying “Shoppers today want to invest their time in experiences.” And shopping at Forty Five Ten — a fashion-forward retailer that carries men’s, women’s, accessories, and home goods — is definitely an experience, whether one is shopping at the new location on Main, the original location at 4510 McKinney which is now devoted to all things home, or the Houston outpost in River Oaks District.
The third Texas retailer on the list is Sid Mashburn, although the article only mentions the Washington, D.C. location, which they dubbed “Most Welcome Arrival” given the dearth of stylish men’s fashion stores in D.C. But we love the Houston and Dallas locations of Sid Mashburn, which GQ brands a “micro-chain haberdashery.”
Since the Texas locations opened in 2013 and 2015, Texans have been showing up in droves for the more form-fitting men’s suiting options and casual curated attire founder Sid — who cut his teeth at J.Crew and Ralph Lauren — offers.