Guys, guys–there’s an amazing store that just popped up in Old Pasadena. Located in Smith Alley, adjacent to Anthropologie, is The Motley and Frank & Oak, a men’s grooming, fragrance, and retail pop-up store. Just. For. Men. The new boutique opened its doors on February 20th and will reside in Pasadena until April 12th. Its got class; its got style; its got the feel of an expensive hipster haven with the prices of your favorite discount store. Can we say, yes, please?
So, who are these companies? First up, The Motley. “The Motley began as a small side-project in a loft in downtown Los Angeles, California. The goal: to develop a new model in men’s grooming surrounding product knowledge and prompt customer service,” writes its website. From shaving and hair products to grooming tools and fragrances, The Motley provides quality products at reasonable prices. Like The Motley Cologne Collection for $50–a sampler kit of four unique scents that “take you on a sensory journey across the globe.” Combs all fall under $20 and include long combs, mustache/beard combs, and pocket combs; and items like moisturizer easily compare in price to a department store or Sephora.
The mission at Frank & Oak “is simple: help a generation of men dress and live well. Frank & Oak began with an inventive approach to integrating design and technology – all for the purpose of helping men buy the clothes and accessories they crave at reasonable prices.” And its true. Items here are extremely well priced, especially for the detail and quality of the product. Easily, my mind quoted prices on patterned, gingham, and solid colored button-down shirts at $95 or higher; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find them hovering around $50 and lower. Colors here are soft, even muted, but patterns are funky and whimsical, giving every piece the perfect blend of hipster cool. Plus, leather belts, shoes, bags, suits, even underwear can be found along the racks of Frank & Oak, making this pop-up a definite one-stop shop for guys.
Interested? Head over to Smith Alley in Old Pasadena. And quickly. Doors close on April 12th.