Nestled between Luna Grill and one of four Starbucks in Dupont Circle in Washington DC, Avenue Jack can be easy to miss. The new menswear outlet looks like it’s been in the neighborhood forever – the façade nearly blends into the Starbucks – though it only opened its doors in April 2015.
Avenue Jack is the brainchild of DC resident Scott Wallis. Wallis, who lives nearby and staffs the store regularly along with a handful of friendly and laid-back colleagues, has a background in the apparel business as owner of kids-focused House of Mongrel. This is his first foray into menswear.
The independent menswear store is a welcome addition to the Dupont Circle neighborhood and to the menswear community in the DMV, taking its place alongside other recent additions including Blank Label, Frank and Oak, Read Wall and Trunk Club along with the more established Suit Supply DC. (Washingtonian has a nice article featuring Avenue Jack and 3 other unique places to shop in Washington DC.)
The store trends casual with beach trunks, henleys and jeans, though there is a decent selection of dressier accessories including ties from Thetiebar, pocket squares, underwear from Bread and Soda and umbrellas.
There is also a unique selection of gifts for men and District of Columbia-themed odds-and-ends.
Wallis and his team are hosting “First Friday” events, a casual way to introduce the brand to the local community over free drinks.
Our only regret? Avenue Jack replaced Copenhaver, a terrific local stationary store – further evidence of the pressures of e-commerce and email on local businesses that sell things made of paper.
Avenue Jack, 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW
About JakeJake is passionate about exploring entrepreneurs' global journeys. He founded Modern Fellows in 2012 to get to know the entrepreneurs behind the innovative brands helping men dress sharp in the digital age. Jake has written about entrepreneurship, international business and fashion for outlets including Business Week, Forbes, Inc., Details Style Syndicate and Primer Magazine, and has provided analysis on international business for BBC Radio, NBC News, CNN and Time Magazine.
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