Mon-Fri, 8am-6:30pm; Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, closed
4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Located just a stone’s throw from Brooks Brothers’ flagship outpost among Midtown’s skyscrapers, the Shirt Store is a humble little-engine-that-could in the world of men’s dress shirts. Having weathered the advent of corporate casual, European suiting, and metrosexual mores, the 900-square-foot boutique—opened in 1987 by Carol Konop—has remained loyal to its dedicated clientele of fashion traditionalists: businessmen, politicians, and dapper gents who prefer classic 9-to-5 looks. Open early for pre-work browsing, the store displays its extensive collection of ready-made dress shirts (all sewn from 100% Egyptian or South Sea cotton) in standard white boxes stacked twenty high. Choices include dozens of cuff and collar styles as well as solid-color and patterned fabrics, but many clients opt for the custom route and design their own, at a four-shirt minimum. Working girls can get in on the Shirt Store action, too, but only on the custom end.