With competition from chain brands and the Internet, Charlottesville, Virginia has become no country for young men — The Young Men’s Shop, that is.
The independent, family-run store was christened in 1927, but doesn’t cater to young men much any more. From an article on its impending close, owner Harry Marshall says his shop “caters mostly to locals, including doctors and lawyers, but he said his clothes are for anyone wanting to look professional. ‘We’re sort of a middle-of-the-road store,’ Marshall said. “Most of the merchandise we carry is made in the U.S. and we still offer tailoring, and just old-fashioned service.’”
Head over here to read about this loss of one of the few-remaining independly, family owned traditional menswear shops. There’s also a short video clip with the owner in buttondown and bow tie, which makes the shop itself not the only loss to the community: a seasoned trad dresser plans to spend most of his time at the golf course. But perhaps he’ll set an example there, too. — CC