ATL Fashion Scene Seen

In Atlanta, Strivers Row in the Virginia-Highlands neighborhood is the hot spot for high end casual wear for men right now. Will runs the joint in a really friendly way while keeping a sharp eye to new fashion industry labels and trends, and TI is a partner. Come looking for Japanese denim and the smartest outerwear and leave pleased.

Vinnies is direct from Downtown Brooklyn to you in L5P. Across from Variety Playhouse, the funky little building itself and Broadway style sign are what initially attracted me. Don’t be afraid to outshine the hippies and rockers in Little Five with these clean, preppy yet oh so urban looks. I just picked up a yellow, teal, aqua and white striped WESC knit polo shirt, with a two parrots logo. For that The City flavor, Vinnies Styles is not to be missed.

I mainly wear “Nike SBs” as far as kicks, because they have the most padding and look good. So I don’t buy shoes at Standard very often, and Standard – next to Cafe Intermezzo on Peachtree Street, in the Brookwood section of South Buckhead – is mostly known for shoes. The sneaker heads often camp out there waiting for the latest Kanye West Nike, or whatever, but Standard can’t sell Nike SB skate shoes, because those are only sold at skate shops, like Stratosphere in L5P, and Nike stores. I bought my last pair at the Nike Factory Store in Florida. Instead of regular sneaker pimpin’, I buy most of my graphic T-shirts at Standard. The sale rack is my absolute favorite for items from a mix of local labels like StreetLocal and Process, and national labels, like Benny Gold, Staple and FUCT. They also carry “A” hats and high end stuff like G-Star Raw, plus they give out hot free magazines, CD samplers and stickers. Tell Ryan or Corey I sent you by.

I bought a signature anniversary, gold soul monkey on black, T-shirt from local label Sol Munki before they recently closed their shop at North and Peachtree in South Midtown. The label seems to be rolling on along without the hidden little storefront, as they mentioned that they plan to focus on intensified West Coast marketing efforts. Their Naomi Campbell with her fingers in her mouth shirt is a personal favorite of mine.

Bill Hallman’s eye for fancy yet casual clothing is undeniable. He has the clean, local and monied look in lock with three storefronts. I ran into him at his Virginia-Highlands location recently. He was rocking a rustic and rugged, yet trim and sleek tan blazer over a popping blue button down shirt. I like the brightly-colored, fitted, plaid cowboy snap spring shirts he has in stock.

The artsy little Vacation recently closed up their storefront in the Poncey-Highland neighborhood behind Urban Outfitters. I’ll miss her fun mix of local art, kitsch and fashion.

Then again, open retail in prime spaces (like the space next door to Bill Hallman in Va-Hi), is simply an opportunity for fresh and exciting boutiques to move in, as the economy is finally on an awaited uptick in The ATL.

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