If you moved here from Brooklyn or Manhattan, and are looking for clothes that fit your fashion sense, you found it at City Workshop in West Orange.
Owners and West Orange residents Roger and Josefina Ruiz Stevens have dedicated City Workshop to classical American workwear. Think: selvedge denim and flannel.
“I’m not a fashionista,” says Roger Stevens, “but I have a sense of style. I would wear 99% of our inventory.”
Looking around the store, his style is apparent. And Stevens focuses on quality, too. “We carry mostly American brands like Cone Mills, Red Wing, Woolrich, Rogue Territory, Left Field NYC, Todd Snyder and Rail Car,” says Stevens. “Most of these brands are West Coast, where this aesthetic is huge. People like being able to come into our store to touch and feel the clothes before they buy them.”
But they also carry a few Japanese brands. “Folks in Japan were taken with old fashioned denim,” he says. “They imported a lot of our old looms, and now they make high-quality, classic denim there, too.”
Most jeans will set you back $30 to $220, depending on what brand you choose.
And City Workshop is about more than pants and shirts. There are plenty of accessories from classic Shinola watches to tony and hard to find Saxx boxer briefs. Stevens also proudly carries Duke Cannon apothecary products, not just because they are excellent, but “because they give a portion of their profits to veterans,” says Stevens.
If you come to shop on Saturday afternoons, Stevens will break out the good stuff and have shots with customers.
“City Workshop is a bit like a boutique. We get a steady stream of clients, but if there are three or four people in here at the same time, it’s crowded,” says Stevens. Customers love the individual attention. “We have clients who come from upstate New York to shop here.”
Stevens isn’t surprised by his customers’ devotion. He says they work hard to make their customers happy. “This isn’t just a men’s clothing store, it’s a lifestyle store.”
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