Known for its laidback approach to clothing, Bench favours style over trends, creating casual collections of wearable pieces which will last for years. Its jeans are its crowning glory, available in an astonishing assortment of styles, with everything from super skinnies to relaxed loose fits.
Bench, Breite Strasse 169, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2509 9585
Ben Sherman began when its eponymous founder returned from America with the idea of recreating the men’s button-down shirts he had seen there. The shirts are still best sellers and available in an array of colours and seasonal fabrics. Fans of heritage fashion should also track down Ben Sherman’s Made in England collection, which features traditional items spiced up with modern detailing.
Ben Sherman, Ehrenstrasse 6, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 6699 0812
The brand named after British tennis player Fred Perry is typically athletic and crisp. Its shirts are a design classic and come in a myriad of styles so there’s one to suit everyone’s taste. It’s also worth looking out for its collaborations with big names from the worlds of music and sport.
Fred Perry, Ehrenstrasse 54, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2779 8960
For fashion-minded men, American Apparel offers a wealth of styles and colours rarely found anywhere else, providing a directional take on everything from work wear to gym gear. Enjoy the store’s industrial surroundings as you stock up on the trend-setting takes on denim, outwear and everything in between.
American Apparel, Ehrenstrasse 60-64, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 420 7676
Known for casual attire with a refined edge, Marc O’Polo is one of Germany’s best-loved clothing brands. Placing the focus on style and quality, Marc O’Polo’s menswear features plenty of luxurious fabrics and thoughtful details. Expect precise tailoring and pieces that you’ll want to wear for many seasons to come.
Marc O’Polo, Apostelnstrasse 5, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 257 3746