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Following in the footsteps of its menswear shop at the Liquor Store, J.Crew unveiled another men’s outpost in June 2009 in the former Universal News space. The original newsstand storefront was restored and the interior was spiffed up with wood-paneled walls, plank flooring, and reclaimed furniture, for a groovy log-cabin vibe. The stock consists of plenty of preppy basics for the everyday man, like plaid button-downs, khaki shorts, and tees. But the exclusive Thomas Mason dress shirts, Mr. Freedom denim peacoats, Alden boots, and Mackintosh coats appeal to the more style-conscious. There's also a heavy vintage presence, in the form of cuff links, international magazines, and aviators. Though the Men's Shop serves as a hybrid of the preppy chain stores and the hipster Liquor Store wares, this shop offers something different: a Suiting Shop, which features off-the-rack suits and tailors on hand.
With a jacket for $475, pants for $195, and a cummerbund for $75, J.Crew is the natural choice for budget-conscious grooms. Suit options include a navy or charcoal pinstripe in a two- or three-button style.