The inside of Unionmade. Photo: Artbandito on Flickr
Just in time for the holiday shopping season because you couldn't have a list of the country's 10 best independent stores for men without an entry from San Francisco.
The City after all prides itself on beating chain stores out of its neighborhoods -- remember the American Apparel saga in the Mission?
GQ has put out a list of "the 10 Best Independent Men's Stores in America" that are impacting the trends and styles we will all see on men across the country this season.
It takes awhile, but coming in just before the close of the list is Unionmade at 493 Sanchez St. in the City.
The store gets some love for stalking everything from Billy Reid to J. Crew. More specifically GQ writes:
While traveling overseas, Todd Barket noticed that stores outside the United States do a better job contextualizing American-made goods than American stores do. So he opened Unionmade in late 2009 on the border of S.F.'s Castro and Mission districts to correct that, stocking hardy domestic labels like Woolrich, Billy Reid, Filson, and J.Crew.