Des Moines offers the chance to buy clothing at places other than the big box stores. The following are local gems to find unique clothing for both men and women in Des Moines.
1.Badowers– located on Ingersoll Avenue, this men’s clothing store was established in the 1950’s. It offers an in-house tailor and some brands that are exclusive to Iowa. Their products are either made in the USA or by master tailors in Italy. The staff really prides itself on helping their customers have the correct fit and for it to be a good fit for their actual lifestyle. This is the place to go for high quality men’s clothing that will last a lifetime.For a look at their selection, click here.
2.K. Renee– located in West Des Moines, this store started as a clothing store in 2000 and in 2012 added the home furnishings division. Their clothing division has been featured in national magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Lucky Magazine. They offer brands that are hard to find in Iowa like Emerson Fry, theory and Rachel Zoe. Their website gives more information about their clothing, click here.
3.Velvet Coat– located on Locust, this is a one stop shop to get designer brand clothing without having to go to the mall or drive out of state to find some of the bigger brands like Rag & Bone and Diane Von Furstenberg. This was founded in Iowa City in 2000 and they opened the Des Moines location in 2007. For more information, click here.
4.G&L Clothing– located downtown Des Moines, G&L was established in 1917. Though they’re primarily known for the huge selection of brands like Carhartt and Wrangler, they offer more than just work clothes for both men and women. The farm girl and boy brand offer a fun twist on the typical “country” look. Their selection of shoes is pretty large for both work and for outdoor activities like hiking. For more information, their website is here.
5.Back Country-located in Beaverdale, this store was started in Ames in 1974. They offer a large variety of outdoor products and clothing for both men and women so you’ll be not only ready for your outdoor adventures, you’ll look good doing them. Their sidewalk sale during the Beaverdale Fall festival offers awesome end of season clearance. Their website is here.
6.Matilda Muse-located in both Des Moines and in Ankeny, this women’s clothing store offers quality clothing at reasonable prices. Their jewelry is beautiful and has a home-made appearance. The stores are very well lit and feel airy so you have plenty of space to walk around and the staff is very helpful. For more information, click here.
7.Mr. B Clothing- located in Clive, this men’s clothing store has been one of the top places to get a quality suit in Des Moines for 40 years. They offer a very large selection of suits and casual wear. They really pride themselves on making the shopping experience special here. Their in-house tailor can help make your purchase fit like it was made just for you. Their website is here.
8.Hill Vintage & Knits– this East Village store has both modern vintage clothing and also serves as a yarn shop. The owners hand pick the men’s and women’s clothing and the jewelry is handmade and locally sourced. Be sure to check out their website for upcoming sewing classes. For more information, click here.
9.Hawkeye Tack & Western Wear– located across the street from the Iowa State Fair, this western specialty store has been locally owned since 1994. Authentic cowboy apparel that you won’t find in the bigger name stores. They also sell horse accessories and home décor. Check out their website here.
10.Fugitive Apparel Co.-this men’s clothing store was established in Des Moines in 2014. They specialize in streetwear and even have their own clothing line along with the national brands they carry. Their clothing is more trendy than a lot of other men’s clothing stores but this a good place to go if you want unique men’s clothing and clothes that celebrate our city. Their website is here.