7 Must-shop Menswear Stores in Christchurch
The Christchurch menswear scene has graduated from jeans and a t-shirt, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Words by: Ashlyn Oswalt
Photography by: Neat Places
With some excellent shops dotted around, it’s easy to find local gems and international inspirations in the South Island’s largest city. Whether you need to upgrade your entire wardrobe or are looking for a few key pieces to spice up your streetwear, our picks have you covered.
246 High Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
If refined and cutting edge is more your style, head to Infinite/Definite to shop their curated selection of international and local brands. There are plenty of familiar names in this modern, aesthetically pleasing shop, and a few new ones, too. From casual classics like tees and denim to interesting pieces like cord button-downs and unique New Balance sneakers, you’ll be able to stock your whole wardrobe. With a large range of sunglasses, hats and scarves, there’s no reason why you couldn’t outfit yourself from head to toe in Infinite/Definite.
The Colombo 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
Covering men’s classic apparel, footwear and hats for true street cred is Stencil. Located inside the Colombo Mall, this shop seeks out cutting edge styles from overseas and New Zealand to bring Christchurch the finest in modern wear. With a focus on athleisure wear, they stock cosy Patagonia jerseys, tye-dye Stussy socks, American vintage-inspired basketball tees and enough sneakers to make any fanatic swoon.
Indigo & Provisions
Level 1/28 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
Fighting against fast fashion with the slogan, 'Wear, Tear, Repair, Repeat', you’ll only find expertly crafted, well-made items at Indigo & Provisions. Tucked away in the upper section of the Arts Centre, this airy space is brimming with unique pieces, sourced locally and beyond, and streetwear with heritage and ethics. Discover the French classic known for putting Breton stripes on the map with Armor Lux, high-quality blankets and apparel by Pendleton Woolen Mills and quality leather shoes from Red Wing Heritage, which have been around since the 1900s. You’ll be forgiven for wanting it all at Indigo & Provisions, so don’t be afraid to make this a regular when you’re looking to replace any fast-fashion pieces with beloved items that will last a lifetime.
Recycle Boutique Christchurch
248 High Street, Christchurch CBD, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
If second-hand is more your thing, head over to Recycle Boutique in the Crossing to get your fix of all things fashion. Peruse the bursting, yet curated, racks of their lofty space to find hidden gems. Well stocked in designer and American vintage, the menswear range is brimming with streetwear and a few classic pieces every wardrobe needs, too. A bonus is they accept items for consignment - so you can make some money off your unused clothing if it sells!
451 Colombo Street, Sydenham, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
You don’t have to be a skater to love Embassy’s streetwear collection. With a major focus on - you guessed it - skateboards and skate shoes, they have Adidas, Vans, Element and Nike’s latest lines among the racks. The staff are friendly and ready to help you out with a new board or some updated threads, so hop on over to this Colombo street location to have yourself a look.
Shop 1/181 High Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, Christchurch & Canterbury
Curated and high-end, PLUME is the place to come if you’re ready for something new. Located on coveted High Street with a stylish fit-out, this effortlessly cool boutique is a shoppers’ delight. PLUME places an emphasis on timeless design and expert craftsmanship, evident in their stunning pieces. Specialising in experimental textiles and tailoring, PLUME offers up both beautiful menswear for the office, a special occasion and elevated streetwear.
The Tannery, Garlands Road, Christchurch
EnCompass, nestled within The Tannery, has become synonymous with quality men's denim. You know you're in safe hands when a place has a dedicated denim wall; floor to ceiling of those glorious pants. There's an abundance of choices with a plethora of cut, wash and fit to sample. The range is commendable but so is the service. EnCompass has become renowned for its exceptional fitting expertise. On top of all this, you'll find a tidy selection of tailored shirts and t-shirts.
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