Best of Detroit 2013
Real Deal - Reader's Choice
Reader's choice of retail in Metro Detroit
Published: March 20, 2013
Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Wayne County
5708 Woodward Ave., Detroit
For nearly 25 years, this Midtown staple and perennial winner has supplied threads to Detroit’s musicians, performers, entertainers and the scenesters who follow in their wake. But it’s not all leather and lace — although there’s plenty of that, the store’s racks also come stocked with fashions suitable for any style other than run-of-the-mill. Owner Dan Tatarian is a fierce champion of all things local, from bands to stores, and advocated for shoppers to avoid chains long before that mantra became trendy. Stop into the store and he’ll be more than willing to help outfit you in an eye-popping getup while supplying entertaining banter free o’ charge.
Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Oakland County
Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Oakland County
323 S. Main St., Royal Oak
Another MT readers’ fave, Incognito provides rock-inspired wear for the fearless trendsetter. Even if the less daring fashionistas choose to avoid leopard-print, body-hugging jeans, there are still plenty of stylish pieces to choose from. Incognito also offers an extensive selection of eyewear, as well as an entire separate room devoted to footwear, featuring the latest drool-worthy styles in stilettos, pumps, sandals, boots, flats, etc. It’s so beautiful you’ll want to cry, then max out your credit cards.
Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Macomb County
The Road Show
28500 Gratiot Ave., Roseville
If a store could be diagnosed with Multiple Personality Disorder, the Road Show would take first in that category too. A panoply of “taste” awaits those entering this eastside institution. From hippie chic to skater rad, the cache of ponchos, tie dyes and hipster T-shirts is a find; the eclectic crap that accompanies it gives the store a Sybil-like charm. Analysis: The Road Show is like a really big head shop.
Best Indie Men’s Clothing in Washtenaw County
113 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
A store where edge, pseudo-prep and “street cred” triangulate, Puffer Red’s can outfit you for the club … any club: squash, dance or after hours. A must-go for anyone looking to be cast in a hip-hop video or fit in with the posse, the brands are nearly all high-end. From Cole Haan to Lacoste, authenticity doesn’t come cheap. However, we hear looking cool pays dividends. As one fan of the store was quoted as saying: “If you want to sport the newest, hottest kicks this side of a music video then [Puffer Red’s] this is your one stop action.”
Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Wayne County
15 E. Kirby, Ste. 110, Detroit
A boutique with a mix of new and upscale consignment attire, vintage clothing and accessories, ranging from 1920s silk lingerie to 1960s mod dresses. The merchandise is suitable for both the sophistication of professionals and is accessible to a student budget. Restored features like the marble floors, mirrored panels, lights, and gold-painted ceiling add to the vintage aesthetic. ‘
Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Macomb County
8789 Hall Rd., Utica; 586-932-2633
At L.A. Tags, you can find T-shirts, button-ups, jackets, jeans and, best of all, bikinis — all the things you need to put together the perfect party outfit. Add some graphics to your wardrobe with the wide range of printed T-shirt designs. The shop carries such well-known brands as Affliction, Rock Revival, Miss Me, Robin’s Jeans, and Superdry from Japan.
Best Indie Women’s Clothing in Washtenaw County
128 & 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti
A wonderful mix of vintage clothing and new pieces and accessories. It’s easy to put together a rockin’ outfit, complete with jewelry, for a fair price. Find great stuff without having to scour the racks for hours to find a gem. The vintage clothes are only gently used, clean and stylish. Mix has a friendly staff that will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
Best Vintage Clothing Wayne County
10238 Joseph Campau St., Hamtramck;
Leave it to fashionable Hamtramck to house one of the best vintage clothiers in the area. Calling all lovers of the chapeau: This is where you should be going. Hats, hats and more hats. Plus, if you insist that nothing quite sounds as good as vinyl, you’re in luck. In addition to the wide variety of vintage Ts and whatnot, there’s vinyl as far as the eye can see. The staff is friendly, the prices reasonable and the place is clean. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Best Vintage Clothing Oakland County
Lost & Found
510 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak
Every vintage lover should know this downtown Royal Oak shop, which features three levels of one-of-a-kind wearables from every decade of the 20th century. The friendly staff is always willing to help shoppers dig through the racks to locate the perfect ’70s jumpsuit, ’50s housedress or retro Girl Scout uniform (they have them; what you do with them is your business). Prices can be utterly affordable, but be prepared to blow the bank on a must-have couture piece. Lost & Found also boasts a large number of plus-sized offerings, a notable collection of T-shirts and boots and collectible records and accessories.
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