Shopping San Francisco's Hippest Men's Stores (Forbes Online)
When it comes to great places to shop for fine clothing, it’s usually a woman’s world. But here in San Francisco, there are a few men’s clothing and accessories emporia that would make any girl a bit jealous.
With impressive offerings, stylish décor and extraordinary personal service, Cable Car Clothiers, Wilkes Bashford and Wingtip transform a regular shopping experience into a can’t-miss event.
The dapper Charlie Pivnick opened the original shop in 1946 as a war surplus store, but in the following years it morphed into one of the most popular men’s specialty stores in the city. Pivnick wanted to offer his clientele handcrafted woolen suits by Robert Kirk, Scottish cashmere sweaters, club ties in his signature cable car pattern and good service. His oldest grandson, Jonathan Levin, who now runs the shop at 110 Sutter Street in the Financial District, continues in the same vein, with modern additions such as made-to-measure hats by James Lock & Co., grooming tools by Camila Solingen and handmade walking sticks. There’s also an onsite two-chair barbershop that’s straight out of the 1940s — Nicky the Barber runs it — where you can receive trims and hot shaves topped off with a splash of Royall Bay Rhum.