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Charles Buchholz’s dad, Ted, opened this Lower East Side formalwear shop in the late eighties, but Charles overhauled the business in 2003. He still carries a smattering of tuxes and dress shirts, but that’s where the “formalwear” ends. The shop now specializes in rock T-shirts and other memorabilia from the halcyon days when CBGB’s was more than just a gift shop on St. Marks. All the tees, buttons, and magnets for sale are new, but the bands on them definitely aren’t—the closest thing to contemporary is a handful of pink leopard-print Blondie shirts. Rather, this is a store for fans of the MC5 and the Stones, for Deadheads and Hendrix hangers-on. Buchholz knows his rock history, and the T-shirts have a high degree of rock-groupie cred; many are modeled after original tees and concert posters from the sixties and seventies, with artwork by such famed album artists as Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley. Buchholz also makes his own line of Lower East Side tees, and his tie-dyed baby onesies are a huge seller among post-baby-boomer generations.