The first thing you need to know about NYC menswear shop Carson Street Clothiers is that Carson Street itself isn't in New York City: the name is actually a nod to Philadelphia, where cofounders Brian Trunzo and Matt Breen once worked as lawyers. They're well aware that their store's name might be out of place given its Crosby Street address, but it's certainly no more unlikely than a pair of attorneys rising through the ranks of the fashion world.
Carson Street carries menswear favorites like Visvim, Tim Coppens, and Our Legacy, but the owners had little prior fashion experience outside of "writing small style blogs on Tumblr," admits Trunzo. With a smattering of vintage rugs and well-loved furniture, the guys have created a space that is "inviting and nonconfrontational"—the antithesis of the cold aesthetic that dominates traditional fashion stores. Here, the Carson Street Clothiers themselves share a list of their favorite items in the store.