Philadelphia is known for many different things, the first of which that comes to mind is the tasty Philly Cheesesteak, which I could really go for right now. My Gastronomical needs aside, Philadelphia is home to a variety of interesting clothing shops that cater to many different types of people and styles. If you’re in the city, you might want to take a look at Crash Bang Boom, the shop that rose from the ashes of the beloved punk shop Zipperhead. There’s some great history here, and some of the shops reflect that. You’ll find a few other places we’d recommend you visit at the end of this article.
Brooklyn Industries began in 1998 making messenger bags out of used billboard vinyl in (you guessed it) Brooklyn. In 13 years since, the company has grown to become a clothing retailer that caters to both men and women with 14 locations across the country. You’ll still find bag-a-plenty at BKI, but if you’re also in the market for clothing and accessories, you’re in luck.
A quick look at the site will show you clothing that’d look as good for a night out as it would in class, or at work (if your workplace isn’t the suit and tie type). I’m partial to their selection of blazers (I hear there are new blazers coming out next month) and the XXL Shop, which offers clothing in extended sizes. You’ll find tops to XXL and select jeans to size 44. Don’t miss the accessories section, features hats, caps, belts, umbrellas and other odds and ends to help you complete your look.
Brooklyn Industries has created a community around the company, which you can get a feel for on their blog and their facebook page. They’re also socially responsible, with their locations being wind powered.
Brooklyn Industries Philadelphia: 1525 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 267.273.1081
Need a few other places to visit when in Philadelphia? Here are some shops we think you should visit:
- Boyds Philadelphia: Menswear, suits and more from a store that’s been doing it since 1938. Be sure to check out their big and tall section while you’re there. 1818 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 215.564.9000
- American Pants Company: Pants. Everybody needs ‘em, and American Pants Company gives you what you need for not a lot of money. If you attend one of their sales, be prepared to get in early and get out quick – the place can get busy and crazy pretty quickly, and the size you need can vanish before your eyes. 12 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 215.751.2706
- Weitzenkorn’s: You’ll find clothing to size 70 and all the brands you’d expect to find at a big and tall shop. It’s worth a look, if just because I think it’s fun to say the word Weitzenkorn’s. 145 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 610.323.8810
Know some places we missed? Tell us in the comments!