Men’s shop Armour opened last week at 704 S. 4th St., selling anything from men’s jackets with pockets inside pockets to cork tote bags, crocheted bow ties and much more.
Owner David Grimes said he chose Fabric Row for its rich history and after speaking to a few shop owners.
Grimes’ journey to shop ownership started when he quit his finance job in New York, where he commuted to daily from Philly. He decided to get out of the “corporate rat race” and open a shop because there weren’t as many stores that cater to men here as there were in Brooklyn.
Armour sells items made by independent designers such as Magents, Krochet Kids International, Mat & Nat, WRK (Work Rest Karma) and Circle of Gentlemen. Magents, for instance, is an Afro-vintage clothing line based in South Africa inspired by the country’s culture.
Krochet Kids International is a clothing line and humanitarian group that teaches people in developing countries how to crochet clothing as a means to disrupt poverty. Grimes sells their crocheted neckties, bow ties and even crocheted iPad cases.
“I would describe Armour as classic men’s wear with a twist,” Grimes said as he pointed out a men’s blazer made with a vertical pocket inside a horizontal pocket.
This shirt by Circle of Gentlemen, a clothing line out of the Netherlands, makes puts black and white plaid over a bold print liner. Roll the sleeves up for a pop of colors.
Armour also features local artists. The store is currently featuring Brian Bazemore, who is currently working on a series of humorous sayings.
Even though Armour has been open for a few days, Grimes said the most popular items so far at the Krochet Kids ties, Magents shirts, Goorm Bros. Hats, and the black Mat & Nat duffle bags that sold out.
Fixtures in the store such as lights and clothing racks are made from repurposed items like pipes, old lampshades and stove parts, thanks to Search and Rescue and Butchershop Rehab.
– Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande