From high-street fashion to the finest made-to-order tailoring, you’ll be left spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping for menswear in Istanbul. Here are some of our favourite stores to shop for men’s clothing and accessories
As the name suggests, Bey Karaköy, a concept store dedicated exclusively to men’s fashion, can be found in the fashionable Karaköy neighbourhood. With a simple white interior, the store presents a blend of the best local labels and European brands. Bey Karaköy stands out from other menswear retailers for its unique monthly rotation of designers, guaranteeing new pieces whenever you visit.
Bey Karaköy, Kemankeş Mahallesi Mumhane Caddesi 54/1, Karaköy, Istanbu, +90 (0)532 700 5955
Apparel has become a favourite among the city’s fashion-conscious locals since opening in the trendy Galata area of Beyoğlu. The store’s collection focuses on the theme of urban culture, with pieces from international brands including Herschel Supply bags and Stance socks. Scandinavian labels are particularly well represented here – look out for on-trend waterproof coats by popular label Rains and bags by Sandqvist. The store’s love of Scandi style is also reflected in the calm, minimalistic interior and displays, making Apparel well worth seeking out.
Apparel, Serdar-ı Ekrem Sokak 9, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 270 6516
Luxury Italian shoe brand Alberto Guardiani’s Istanbul store has a minimalist, contemporary feel. The decor, which features armchairs signed by famed Italian furniture designer Vico Magistretti along with contrasting gold metal framework and cobalt blue rugs, provides a stylish setting for the label’s footwear and accessories.
Alberto Guardiani, Akasya AVM, Acıbadem, Istanbul, +90 (0)216 504 4466
The standalone Cos store, on the fashionable Bağdat Caddesi shopping street, spans four floors and its offering includes clothing and accessories for men. The importance of complementing the local environment and culture is integral to the shop’s design – most of the materials used in the store’s façade are from Turkey, while its circular windows and entrances are a nod to Istanbul’s Byzantine domes.
Cos, Bağdat Caddesi 468, Suadiye, Istanbul, +90 (0)216 416 5785
Istanbul’s creative platform and online concept store Shopi Go also has a bricks-and-mortar shop, bringing a fresh offering to the city’s retail scene. At Shopi Go No 62 you’ll find streetwear collections, sneaker brands, skateboards and books. A varied mix of around 200 brands can be found in the two-storey shop, including Adidas Originals, Christian Dada, Martine Rose and Champion.
Shopi Go No 62, Ahmet Fetgari Sokak 62, Teşvikiye Mahallesi, Şişli, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 444 8684
Dsquared2’s Istanbul store focuses on forests and nature, in reference to designer duo Dean and Dan Caten’s Canadian heritage – look out for the antler light fixtures and illuminated backdrops depicting woodland scenes. The brand’s collections are subtly sectioned off into different areas and include ready-to-wear clothing, fragrances, eyewear and accessories for men.
Dsquared2, Zorlu Center AVM, Beşiktaş, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 306 3388
Founded in 2012, Civan specialises in exquisite tailoring with a strong focus on craftsmanship. Bespoke pieces are created with the utmost attention to detail, from fabric choice to the buttons. Here you can find everything for a gentleman’s wardrobe, from classic shirts and suits through to cloaks and neckties. Twice a year the atelier presents a collection of new designs, which can then be turned into bespoke pieces customised according to your preferences.
Civan, Çukur Cuma Caddesi 42, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 243 3211
Originally called 90SQM, Amsterdam concept store 290SQM has opened a sibling branch in Istanbul. 1290SQM stocks both menswear and womenswear, with brands for men such as Stone Island, Our Legacy and Comme Des Garçons.
1290SQM, Şair Nedim Caddesi 20D, Akaretler, Istanbul, +90 (0)212 249 0121
Catering to modern men, Kiğılı offers a wide choice of tailoring options, for business or special occasions, as well as more casual clothing. Pairing quality with reasonable price and with 207 stores across the country, it’s hardly surprising Kiğılı is considered one of Turkey’s most established men’s outfitters.
Kiğılı, Viaport AVM, Dedepaşa Caddesi 19, Pendik, Istanbul, +90 (0)021 6696 1170