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Ship-shape Style

May 16, 2013
Carlton Drew

Los Angeles’s Melrose Avenue has long been home to the who’s who of fashion, with luxury labels crammed twenty to a block and brands running the gamut from the haute to the hip. So what do you do when you want to stand out from the crowd?

How about bringing together a slew of top gent’s labels with an unusual nautical and New England slant under one, Cape Cod-inspired roof? Owner Drew Sutton has gone and done just that, launching his male-centric boutique Carlton Drew early in 2013, with no less than 20 men’s fashion and accessories brands available in store, along with a namesake line of homeware and candles.

Needless to say, preppy is the signature style MO, with wardrobe staples like GANT by Michael Bastian’s Madras shirt and L.A label Shades of Grey’s slim-fit button downs sitting smartly alongside brushed chinos from Read Wall and sailing-themed cotton tees by Sol Angeles.

Accessories including sleek Billykirk carryalls, Suburban Silk cufflinks, and Sebago dockside and wingtips all work to complete the Ivy League look. A roomy, easy-to-navigate space of white walls, polished concrete floors, and metal and wood accents makes this a modern man’s oasis – especially on Friday evenings, when a happy hour means there’s free-flowing wine and champagne for sips while you shop. Ahoy!

8016 Melrose Ave / +1 323 782 1434 / closed Mon /