After my trip to Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop in Toronto, my good friends at KC You There told me about a new shop that had recently opened called Blue Collar. After checking out some pics on Facebook and Instagram, I knew I had to pay them a visit.
As the name suggests, the store has a very blue collar, industrial feel to it. Oversized lightbulbs adorn the ceiling, while old suitcases filled with vintage Playboys are casually placed throughout the store. Mounted deer heads overlook the checkout counter and distressed wood shelving houses the merchandise. It is, perhaps, one of the manliest stores in Buffalo. After looking around the shop for a while, I met with Michael (the store merchandiser) to gain a little more insight into BC.
The store is generally geared towards the 25-55 fashion-forward male, who’s sense of style is more cutting edge with a keen eye for detail. These details are prominent throughout the store, as nearly every item has some small detail added to it. This causes the shopper to really explore the store in order to discover all that it has to offer. There is a definitely an “urban prepster” feel to a lot of the clothes, with more boutique brands like Howe, Marshall Artist and Jachs. Some of these brands may not be as well known to Buffalo shoppers, but BC is looking to change that. Blue Collar will also soon be featuring Fidelity Denim, which is cut and sewn in the U.S – a requirement for any in-store denim by co-owner David.
The store carries a lot of basics, but also several more fun, whimsical pieces – all at an amazing price. Michael says they “love the whole Belstaff look. We wanted to offer something similar, but at a more obtainable price point.” For me, this is one of the things that makes Blue Collar truly great and separates them from the competition. With so few independent menswear shops in Buffalo, most of the items carried in these stores are accompanied with a hefty price tag. Don’t get me wrong, the stores are great, but not everyone can afford to shop there. Most button downs and pants at BC are under $80, blazers under $200 and everything in between hovering around that general area. For those looking to spend a little more, BC has you covered with several high-end offerings as well.
I assemble two separate looks (one at the top of the page and the one right below), both showcasing some of my favorite pieces from the store. Needless to say, with their incredible prices and how awesome everything looks, Blue Collar is going to be most detrimental to my bank account.
Inspired by the rich history of manufacturing in Buffalo NY, BLUE COLLAR features contemporary designs for men with an American sense of blue-color style. As the name evokes, BLUE COLLAR’s mission is to blend the best ideas and unique elements into one boutique offering essentials for leading the life of todays modern blue-collar man. We pair well known brands with new unexpected designers focusing on classics that endure and contemporary items that inspire. We want to help men be properly dressed and properly served…We are the modern day general store for every man! Buffalo born and well traveled.
1382 Hertel Ave, Buffalo
Tue – Fri: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm