Atlanta has Sid Mashburn. Birmingham has Harrison Limited. Florence has Billy Reid. And this year Charlotte got its own destination men’s shop Tabor. The store has quickly made a name for itself both in the South and in menswear circles further afield. So much so that Tabor –which is an offshoot of the powerhouse women’s shop Capitol– recently assembled an important group (with the exception of me) of menswear illuminati in Charlotte to celebrate the shop’s opening this year.
Alex Drexler of Alex Mill was in attendance. As was North Carolina native Mark McNairy (who gleefully took me to Bojangles’ for breakfast seeing as Biscuitville was slightly out of range), along with Chris and Kirk Bray from Billykirk who were busy most of the weekend customizing and monogramming their great leather goods. Kirk Miller from Miller’s Oath was there holding a trunk show for weekend, selling its beautiful suits and shirts from Tabor’s handsome drawing / changing room where Marcus Wiley from Wiley Belts was also on-hand taking orders for custom belts. It was a crazy weekend of good menswear and great people. And in true Southern style, the Tabor crew organized a full Sunday pig roast with had what had to be the greatest bloody mary set-up I have ever seen. Oh, and Justin Townes Earle performed an acoustic set in what was probably the most intimate date of the year for the singer.
The store offers an interesting mix of styles and influences from prep and workwear to British style. Accordingly, Tabor stocks a great mix of different brands including Engineered Garments, Thom Browne, Terrapin Stationers, Faherty Brand, Thorsun, The Elder Statesman, Levi’s Made & Crafted and a bunch more. There’s also a great selection of vinyl (with a lot of stuff from ACL’s favorite label Partisan Records which is all hand picked by Jay Kenney) for sale. The shop is situated in a beautifully converted 1920s bungalow that has great light which makes for the ideal spot for a considered men’s store like Tabor. It’s got a vibe that makes it comfortable for anyone – especially those looking for an interesting take on menswear with plenty of Southern hospitality. Two things that I can never seem to get enough of.
Tabor | 421 Providence Road Charlotte, North Carolina