With Father's Day coming up and Apartment Therapy's Inside Man program running, it's high time we pulled together a shopping guide just for guys. Of course, vintage style is too big a category to really be gendered, but there are some stores that have a more masculine aesthetic than others. Here's our national guide to shops where a guy could easily outfit his apartment.
- RetroRedo.com: Lloyd Fadem is based in Oklahoma and runs an online reupholstery business specializing in restoration of vintage mid-century chairs. Fadem says, "Costs vary, but a majority of vinyl projects run around $275.00." Fabric upholstery runs a little higher.
- Modern50 Vintage Industrial: Modern 50 and its sister website Factory 20 are both located in Sterling, Virginia. Their web catalog features beautifully photographed vintage finds that range from mid-century to Bauhaus styles with an industrial edge.
- Lunar Lounge: Headquartered out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lunar Lounge is an online furniture design company specializing in hand-fabricated, one-of-a-kind furnishings and artworks. Owner Jonathan Sebastian is inspired by mid-century design and creates retro seating, cocktail tables, and storage.
- Modernlink: Combining impeccable taste for vintage modern and their own series of new designs, NoHo's Modernlink carries a mix of vintage mid-century pieces, Scandinavian-style furniture by Peter Mann, and contemporary lines by emerging designers.
- Two Jakes: Located in Brooklyn, this small shop specializes in stylish second-hand office furniture. They carry old-school designs by Saarinen and Steelcase, as well as new furniture from manufacturers like Blu Dot, Emeco, and Bisley.
- Aero: Designer Thomas O'Brien is one of the princes of masculine, modern American style. His Soho shop mixes vintage and new pieces, an aesthetic described as "understated luxury" coupled with "clean, modern... and traditional."
- Germain: This new Great Barrington, Massachusetts store is a sophisticated and streamlined mix of vintage and modern pieces. The shop blends mid-century, industrial, and eco chic styles with a healthy dose of local Massachusetts artisans.
- Kabinett & Kammer: Located near the Catskills in Andes, New York, this shop is the brainchild of artist Sean Scherer, who has a passion for 19th century prints, taxidermy, and scientific instruments. He's a collector with a great eye, and his store is definitely worth the trip if you're in the area.
- Great Stuff By Paul: Located in Frederick, MD, this store has two locations: a warehouse on 6th Street and a more boutique-like shop downtown, located at 10 N Carroll Street. Owner Paul stocks his store with vintage finds from Germany, Holland, England, France, Canada, the US and China.
- Scout: Located on Clark Street in the Andersonville neighborhood (a good shopping destination), the store carries clean-lined antiques that lean towards functional, modern styles with a patina of well-worn use. Owner Larry Vodak has an eye for pieces that feel masculine, warm, and a little edgy.
- Patina: A great place to find vintage pieces that have been carefully chosen and priced fairly. The overall look is in the science lab/schoolroom/industrial vein, mixed in with cool old signage and well-kept pieces from throughout the 20th century.
- Praha: Owners Todd and David blend their love of salvaged goods with their vision of newly created and custom painted furniture. These new pieces are all made near Prague (Praha is the Czech word for Prague).
- Mollusk Surf Shop and Gallery: Founded by John McCambridge in 2005, Mollusk originated in San Francisco, but quickly branched out along both coasts, opening stores in Venice Beach and Brooklyn. In addition to posters and vintage surf photography, they sell clothing, boards, and gear.
- Retro@Home: Showcasing designers such as Hans J. Wegner, Jens Risom, Charles and Ray Eames, and Paul McCobb (among many others), Retro@Home's furniture collection is extensive and includes seating, tables and storage units.
- Martin: Interior designer and world traveler Erin Martin carries vintage and contemporary stuff made from high-quality materials. Look here for beautiful leather sofas and chairs, chic tabletop, and lots of neutrals in rich textures.
- Bar Keeper: This Silver Lake store calls itself a "head shop" for cocktail enthusiasts. In their own words, "You’ll find gadgets, glassware, bars, books and beakers, as well as a variety of new and vintage barware – including many hard to find collectibles."
- Rehab Vintage: They focus on industrial metal furniture and have some gorgeous, clean-lined pieces. Prices are on the high end, and the collection includes distinctive storage, lockers, lighting, seating, and tables.
- Surfing Cowboys: They consider themselves "purveyors of beach culture and California lifestyle", which ultimately means good mid-century stuff. Prices aren't cheap, but they have a lot of cool looking furniture and, because of the quick turnaround, there's always something new to see.
There are tons more vintage shops, owned by guys or specializing in masculine style, that weren't included on our list due to limited space or just our own oversight. If you've got a recommendation to add to the list, send us an email.
Photo: Mollusk Surf Shop