Taylor Stitch (formerly The Common) is a menswear store in San Francisco that specialises in ‘purveying, producing and designing durable and timeless staples crafted using traditional manufacturing techniques’ and specialise they do. The store is a veritable collection of artisanal and often locally designed products (MAKR Carry Goods and Grown & Sewn to name but a few) selling clothes, accessories and some great gift ideas (the MAKR bottle key that you can have cut into a working key is a particular favourite). The store itself is an exercise in design and it is well worth the time to have a look at their regularly changing stock. Whilst there, take the opportunity to chat Taylor Stitch’s owners who are always enthusiastic to talk about their carefully selected suppliers/products and who are remarkably willing to sharing their top recommendations for other stores to visit in the area.
TFW key purchases from Taylor Stitch? A pair of Yuketen Maine Guide boots in brown (Yuketen article and images care of Durable Goods Concern is available here), Grown & Sewn Kax Artisan 50-year Artisan trousers and the MAKR bottle key. Notwithstanding that Taylor Stitch is a menswear store there are a number of unisex items for female shoppers and TFW also took home the W.M. J. Mills & Co Jitney Cargo Bag in black and MAKR Standard Canvas Fold Weekender in grey.
In addition to third party goods, the store also stocks their own brand shirts; a collection of locally made shirts (offering both ready-to-wear and custom tailored) that are exceptionally well made and include the perfect weekend check. Drawing their inspiration from a wide range of influences (from Jack Kerouac and Keith Richards to the English spread collar) Taylor Stitch produces a casual shirt to suit most tastes.
The facts: Taylor Stitch, 383 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94103.