Walking along South Lake Avenue yesterday, my husband and I came across a new shop to The Burlington Arcade—The Bloke. The vibe? Crazy cool. It’s the men’s section at Harrods on a tiny scale—classy pieces and timeless accessories for the sophisticated gentleman.
Inside, there’s everything from ties, ready-to-wear clothes, and shoes, to leather belts, woven hats, and canvas bags. The Bloke also offers custom shirts and features brands like Corgi Socks, American Trench, 2nd Time Around Watch, Alden, Clarks, Drakes, Rutherford of England, Timex, and more. Plus? Adjacent to the menswear section is the Groove Merchant Records pop-up shop, selling vinyl, movies, and posters straight off the wall.
The interior fits its classy inventory. Black leather chairs; smooth concrete floors; sleek metal and wood shelving; and a record player you can request LPs on. I didn’t want to leave (and it’s menswear only). It could have to do with the eye-catching pieces or it could have to do with the friendly service. Both manager and owner of The Bloke were warm and inviting, making their customers feel right at home.
They’ve also got great events happening:
April 8th—Cars and Coffee | joining forces with Float—a bomb coffee and float (as in ice cream floats) shop that serves everything from ice cream floats and sandwiches to coffee and tea. Park your classic car in the back parking lot, grab a coffee (or float!), and shop at The Bloke until closing.
April 14th—Drakes Trunk Show | featuring one of The Bloke’s brands, Drakes, a maker and haberdasher. “We pride ourselves on producing garments and accessories of only the highest quality. Each shirt and tie we produce is made by hand at our factories in London and Somerset, using only the finest materials and most skilled craftspeople in service of our uncompromising dedication to excellence.”
The Bloke – 380 South Lake Avenue – Pasadena, CA 91101 – 626-773-1119
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-6 – Sun 12-5
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