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By Lauren Finney and Michael Gillespie | Photo: Junk de Luxe jean jacket photo by Styleshoots | August 21, 2017
As the weather cools, men’s fashion is heating up in Atlanta. Check out a couple of new stores, a new release from an old fave and some high-performance khakis.
Who better to introduce the Banana Republic Rapid Movement chino ($60 to $98) to Southern gentlemen than Matt Ryan, the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. Now a member of the first-ever Banana Republic Men’s Style Council, Ryan has talked with the likes of New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius and Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love—also on the council—about fit and performance off the field… in their wardrobe. This champion-level pant Ryan sports for the brand is engineered with performance technology that “offers unprecedented movement and recovery” as well as “fit retention” and a “water-repelling finish.” Sounds pretty sporty. Atlantic Station, Perimeter Mall, Lenox Square and Vinings Jubilee
JEFFREY ATLANTA MEN’S STORE
What started out as a few styles of Christian Louboutin men’s sneakers five years ago has finally morphed into a noteworthy major change at Jeffrey Atlanta—the addition of a dedicated men’s department, which arrived earlier this summer. Five hundred square feet in the store will be devoted to looks from hard-to-snag brands like Balenciaga, Faith Connexion, Thom Browne and more—and Jeffrey will be the only place in Atlanta to get them. Says owner Jeffrey Kalinsky about the opening, “It’s a great opportunity to now be able to carry the same range of products at both locations [New York and Atlanta]. It creates a nice synergy between the stores.” Phipps Plaza
Custom fits are the rave right now, and this Buckhead outpost is here to serve. Known for its status as a full-service, private wardrobe haven for the clothing connoisseur who cares about fit, this outfit has always gathered a team of designers, stylists and tailors who guarantee you’ll leave looking your best. But its new high-end knitwear line launching this month is what will take regulars by surprise. While the Buckhead outpost appeals to the sleek and elite who enjoy a private bespoke experience, the ready-to-wear knit line is masculine and comfortable. All garments are made in the United States using the highest quality standards, and they take it a step further by maintaining your garments through regular service and repairs. Call for appointment to meet with a specialist, 3104 E. Shadowlawn Ave.
JUNK DE LUXE
Men in Atlanta, we’ve struck a sartorial goldmine. With its new huge flagship store opening up at Lenox Square in September, Junk de Luxe gives Southern gents a lot to look forward to this fall. The Denmark outpost comes stateside with an array of styles for guys who are into European cool, eclectic edge or classic vintage, but is most popular for its vintage Levi’s 501 collection. The new store is giving us timeless, hip fashion-forward pieces that will keep closets happy and your look postworthy. Lenox Square
BALANI CUSTOM CLOTHIERS
When talking shop with the guys about staple suits, solid tailoring and excellent craftsmanship, Balani Custom Clothiers should be the new topic of conversation. Founded in 1961 in Chicago by Peter Balani, the store brought Old World quality tailoring to its first of seven markets. After launching in Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; and Orlando, Fla., the shop opened in Atlanta in recent months. Specializing in custom suit work and dress shirts with a six-week turnaround, its sterling reputation precedes its open doors. 3500 Lenox Road NE, Ste. 1500