Accessories, as defined by the definitive Merriam-Webster dictionary, are things that add to the beauty, effectiveness or convenience of something. Retailers offer a dizzying array of options for women seeking additions to their wardrobe, and magazines advise that such accoutrements are vital. It can be more challenging, however, for men to find functional, fun and appropriate accessories that meet their needs and complement their personal style. Luckily, there are Sacramento small businesses that want to keep men outfitted with everything they need.
Briar Patch Smoke Shop
1107 L St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
For the fellow who personifies the Gatsby-esque trappings of masculinity, Briar Patch is the place to go. The tobacconist offers flasks from which to drink and tools with which to shave, along with many other manly accoutrements. Pipes from Luciano, Vuillard and Big Ben are part of the offerings, along with cigars, pipes and accessories like straight razors, strops, razor stones, moustache wax, lighters, cases and cigar cutters. Some things are economical, while items that are more extravagant include a $150 badger-hair shaving brush, lighters ranging from $29 to $2,000 and a leather Churchill three-cigar case for $250. Many classic glycerin shave soaps from Colonel Conk are available, as is the ultimate accessory, a nickel desktop cigar rest for $180.
Mike's Tailoring & Clothing
923 K St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mike's offers the perfect combination of reasonable pricing, excellent customer service and high-quality men's accessories and attire. The shop has a wide section of neckties and bow ties in styles from sophisticated classics to on-trend patterns and colors. Socks, handkerchiefs, pocket squares and suspenders are available, and gentlemen of style know the value of picking up a men's manicure set as well. Mike's also carries tie tacks, tie bars and other jewelry for men. For that special event, check out the cummerbunds and bow ties that work perfectly with the shop's elegant and custom-tailored tuxedoes. Mike's is open until 5 p.m. on weekdays and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
PeraDice Cards & Gifts
918 24th St.
Sacramento, CA 95816
If you have never headed to a gift shop for men's accessories, let PeraDice open your eyes to the idea. The shop offers Mighty Wallets, made of very thin and weather-resistant Tyvek, in patterns featuring classic artwork and new-age superheroes, as well as unique and handsome Taxi Wallets in many styles. Key chains and jewelry for men, both traditional and trendy, include bracelets, watches, neck chains and tie bars. Cool portfolios and messenger bags are available, as are shaving mug and brush combos and eyeglass cases. Special locally made lotions, balms and soaps for men include scented formulations called Mojito, Zen and Serenity.
S. Benson & Co
5617 H St.
Sacramento, CA 95819
S. Benson has east Sacramento's best selection of vests, belts, ties and pocket squares, perfect options to complement the shop's casual, business and evening attire for men. Cufflinks and other jewelry are available, and the collection of shoes and socks ensure he will be the best-shod man in the room. While traditional styles are stock in trade, S. Benson features items that are funky, fun and trendy.
Article Consignment Boutique
5704 Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
While your first thought when shopping for men's accessories may not be a thrift-type store, Article Consignment Boutique could change your mind forever. In addition to men's clothing, accessory selections can include high-quality ties, wallets and belts, as well as men's shoes and boots. Watches and other jewelry are generally available, and keep an eye peeled for briefcases and other bags for men. The important thing to remember with any thrift or consignment shop is that that there is generally only one of any given item, so grab it if you like it. On the other hand, the boutique offers cool items like vintage Gucci and Ray-Ban sunglasses that you will not find at traditional brick and mortar stores.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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