The Archive on Sutter Street. (Janie Cai)

Dapper Dudes: 11 Best Menswear Stores in San Francisco


School is in, and that means new clothes for fashionable guys of all ages. Here are our favorite menswear shops—from casual to hipster to classic—in San Francisco.

The Darkside Initiative

(Janie Cai)

For the guy who knows his kicks and then some.

In a city where sneakers have a firm footing in the daily dress code, the regularly updated selection at The Darkside Initiative caters to the aficionados. With its slick collection of sneakers, streetwear and limited-run accessories, including hard-to-find pieces by Japanese street labels Neighborhood and WTAPS (they are the exclusive distributor of WTAPS in SF), the space on Powell Street presents each item in a clear, coherent way amidst a minimalist interior of wood, metal and white walls. // The Darkside Initiative, 1827 Powell St. (North Beach),

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