A selection of top retail resources, whether you're a twentysomething assistant on a budget or a 60-plus-year-old studio chief.
Combatant Gentlemen offers Italian wool suits starting at $160 — a solution for interns and assistants trying to pull a professional look together on a budget. According to CEO Vishaal Melwani, an inspiration was Entourage's Hollywood agent Ari Gold, modeled after WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel, whose company in turn has been backing the brand since 2014. In July, its first 2,220-square-foot brick-and-mortar store opened its doors (395 Santa Monica Place).
Shahaab "Shay" Quraishi, who works on digital marketing for the Sony Pictures account at Universal McCann, is also a partner in the Hancock Park bespoke menswear store Shayq, which opened last year and offers handcrafted suits for $800-$1,200 and an in-house barbershop. "Our average client is 28 to 38 years old," said Quraishi. "Guys from Snapchat and Google get suited up here and hold industry events for their entertainment clients, where everyone gets haircuts and measured up for shirts or suits. They don't just take you out for dinner or golfing any more."
MGM executive vp production Adam Rosenberg, 39, likes John Varvatos (8800 Melrose Ave.) for suits, from $1,698; Moods of Norway (7964 Melrose Ave.) for sport coats, from $399; Theory (8428 Melrose Ave.) for pants, from $225; Rag & Bone (8533 Melrose Ave.) for sweaters, from $195; and Rif (332 E. Second St.) for sneakers, from $70 to $6,750. Ben Winston, 35, EP of The Late Late Show With James Corden, prefers The Kooples (100 S. Robertson Blvd.) for T-shirts starting at $75 and blazers from $620, and has a soft spot for Topman (189 The Grove Drive): "Someone will say, 'That's a very lovely jacket. Is it McQueen?' I quite like telling them it's Topman" (jackets from $130). He also hits Rag & Bone, which introduced Italian wool suiting this fall (pants from $350; jackets from $695).
Hollywood executive style consultant Andrew Weitz shops for his clients at Kit & Ace (1130 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice) and owns the Executive Jogger, a wool tailored trouser with an elasticized ankle ($178). The brand is known for its versatile, athletic-inspired pieces, such as a polished blazer with a snap front and zip-out vest ($498) and cashmere sweaters with tech details (a hoodie with underarm ventilation is $348).
Tim Chan, 34, managing editor of editorial content for Brother, the daily men's lifestyle channel on the Snapchat Discover Platform that launched in July by Vertical Networks, is a fan of Paul C. Witt, owner of the Wittmore menswear stores in L.A. "I keep my clothing simple and play up my outfits with a vintage Casio watch," says Chan, who also numbers among his accessories sunglasses from Ahlem Eyewear in Venice and a rotation of bags from L.A.-based brands, including a Four Wise Men leather portfolio, a felt messenger bag by M.R.K.T. and a Clark & Madison leather backpack. Chan says about owner Witt: "I'll tell him I need an updated look and he'll put together a whole rack of stuff for me to try."
"I always love Flight Club; it's a super-cool spot if you're into sneakers" ($45-$15,000; 503 N. Fairfax Ave.), says HBO's Insecure executive producer Prentice Penny, 42. "And my friend Erik Dixon has the [downtown L.A.] store 1 Man's Trash (655 S. Main St.), where he sells limited runs. He'll take 20 pairs of wing tips and paint them metallic orange." On the more classic side, CAA's Jim Toth, 46, and other execs turn to Atlanta-based Sid Mashburn's menswear infused with Southern ease, for made-to-measure shirts (from $140) and suits (from $1,500), custom tailoring, personalization services and wardrobe consultations. The brand opened its first West Coast outpost at Brentwood Country Mart in October (225 26th St.). ICM's Chuck James, 46, goes to Santa Monica's Ron Robinson for Bread & Boxers T-shirts ($28) and Scotch & Soda jeans (from $165).
Personal stylist Meg Gallagher, who works with directors, producers, studio heads and screenwriters, shops for cool top layers — such as the brushed cotton Bowery jacket ($235), a clean-lined Sequence jacket in Polartec ($265) and a fleece-and-nylon Assemblage hoodie ($195) — at Aether (161. S. La Brea).
"For blazers and sport jackets, I like Saint Laurent [starting at $1,990] and James Perse [where a cashmere shacket is $950]" (both at 8500 Beverly Blvd.), says AwesomenessTV's Brian Robbins, 52. J.J. Abrams, 50, reaches for slim ties that start at $56 and $26 pocket squares crafted by downtown's Pocket Square Clothing. Its first flagship opened in May (205 W. Seventh St.) with a monogram station and a new line of made-to-measure shirts, from $150, and suits, from $850. Emmy-winning director David Nutter, 56, suits up in Suitsupply, an Amsterdam brand with Italian wool suits (from $370) that opened a Venice pop-up in May (1136 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) and will debut a 6,400-square-foot flagship on Robertson Boulevard in the spring.
Screenwriter-director Lawrence Kasdan, 67, is another fan of Sid Mashburn's timeless styles, while Jim Gianopulos, 65, and Dick Wolf, 69, are longtime clients of made-to-measure shirting and tie business Anto Beverly Hills, which recently added a ready-made collection (258 N. Beverly Drive).
"Jeans need to fit, and that is men's biggest downfall," says executive stylist Meg Gallagher, who recommends RRL (8150 Melrose Ave.), Acne Studios (855 S. Broadway), American Rag Cie for Japanese denim (150 S. La Brea Ave.) and Joe's (395 Santa Monica Place) for colored denim. "They should be slim through the hip, thigh and cuff; some men steer away from slimness, as they find it uncomfortable, but there is a happy medium. Stretchier denim gives a lot, so err on the smaller side, or by end of day, it will look baggy. Stick to darker colors (overdyed blue, black, gray, olive) for client dinners and meetings."