Diesel is known for jeans, but also produces tons of easygoing, casual pieces. Even adding just a jacket or one of its famously well-tailored shirts to an outfit can work wonders. The downside: They’re expensive, but sale help items fall into a slightly more reasonable price range.
Streetwear and suits mingle in this boutique that straddles downtown and Japantown. Purist is a one-stop shop for trendy indie and classic national brands like OriginalFake, Stussy, and Fred Perry.
8. Moda Italia
Men who like to look nice love Moda Italia. Facing the busy intersection of Bird and San Carlos, Moda Italia deals in suits, cufflinks, and other classy 007 standards.
7. Ted Baker
San Jose is lucky enough to be graced with a Ted Baker, the internationally known clothier to the stars and to men who just want to look a little more put-together. Located among the stylish shops of Santana Row, Ted Baker’s merch is pretty pricey, but it offers both a casual and classy in-between for guys who want to look good simply by putting on a shirt.
6. Latin Lingo
Latin Lingo doesn’t deal solely in men’s clothing, but the bulk of its merchandise is one-shape-fits-all T-shirts that are made to fit an angular upper body. Latin Lingo produces cool and cultural T-shirts that cater to the Latin community, which makes up almost 30 percent of San Jose’s population.
Evidenced by the tongue-in-cheek name that references the heritages of the proprietors, Cukui is a clothing store with a sense of home, and a little bit of a sense of humor, too. The flagship store is Japantown’s newest urban outfitter.
Guys can be shoe collectors, too. Fans of Circle-A freak over the selection skate shoes and appreciate the sales staff’s knowledge of the product and the sport.
Aristocrats’ clean, controlled layout is a welcome change for suburban strip-mall San Jose. With its only other locations in Los Angeles and San Francisco, we’re proud to have a leg in often-overlooked San Jose. Aside from selling T-shirts, hats and accessories, Aristocrats also hosts events like gallery shows with local artists.
2. The Usuals
This bastion of San Jose pride deals in local designers and labels. For men, The Usuals supplies the town’s coolest T-shirts, from screen-printed declarations of valley love to unlicensed Sharks gear. The Usuals’ merch is also one of the focal points of downtown’s SJMade festival.
This downtown festival spotlights San Jose-based brands and designers on four consecutive weekends from July 15 to August 7. Scattered throughout a few vacant downtown buildings and lots, it offers shopping options for T-shirts, hoodies, and much more.