- H.W. Carter and Sons
127 N. 6th St., nr. Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 718-599-7091
Heritagewear is one glutted genre, and quality competitors (Hickoree’s Floor Two, I.D., Goose Barnacle) abound. But the act of shopping for painstakingly wrought menswear at H.W. Carter—an industrial-age overalls brand recently relaunched under the creative direction of British designer Greg Chapman—is elevated by its richly conceived 1,800-square-foot space. Dark-wood paneling and Art Nouveau–style brass lighting fixtures frame neat rows of the brand’s homespun Cone Mills–fabric jeans ($195), chalk-stripe Woolrich-milled sack coats ($425), and lace-up leather work boots ($715). Friendly staff, exceptional sales, and a plethora of complementary brands (Engineered Garments, Gitman Bros., Grenson, Japan’s South 2 West 8) round out the selection.
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).