Cloth and Man: Spruce Boutique
Cloth and Man: Spruce Boutique Review
|| By Colby Marks, @clothandman||
Step in, spruce up, swag out. Denver’s newest source for top and tails style is under one piney roof.
The brainchild of owners Becca and Taylor Romero, Spruce is a brilliantly retrofitted original house on the Tennyson street district in the trendier-by-the-day Berkeley neighborhood. Featuring both a full list of barber services and a great handpicked selection of casual menswear, Spruce boasts a welcome fresh spin on a trusty men’s boutique.
The front door opens the inner heart of the modern Denver gentlemen. The pulsing red and blue glow of the artfully crafted LED barber services board pumps the lifeblood of the store around the walls and through the floorboards.
The barber services are first class with an amazing staff specializing in melting the best of the classic barbershop experience into modern everyday style. The lovely Dannae took to my disconnected hairstyle with ease and had me feeling like the broody rockstar I’ve always dreamed of being in no time.
Spruce’s apparel collection focuses on quality basics, timeless wovens, and select outwear pieces that are ready for the elements of Denver life. Fall and winter calls for quality layers you can mix and match comfort. Throwing this 7 Diamonds “Ashford” shirt over a basic Alternative Apparel henley in a neutral color like this heather grey gives a relaxed but well crafted depth.
With two long sleeve layers, you can skip the jacket and opt for an outerwear vest. This “altitude vest” from Astronomy Clothing keeps Denver honest to its roots with subtle western details and work wear aesthetic.
Accessories are great way to bring personality to any look. Simple jewelry that crosses boundaries and says multiple things at once is a great way to finish any look. This shotgun shell necklace from Lord & Lady Co. is a perfect example. It’s one part outdoorsy, one part urban rebel, and one part boho hipster.
The warm atmosphere of Spruce hugs you like your favorite pair of familiar boots. And they happen to stock some great ones from Vintage Foundry Co. These black and army green paratrooper boots provide cohesive contrast to the sharper denim look of these Benny Gold “gold standard” raw indigo jeans and western inspired tops (Plus they’re really comfortable!).
The same boots can also rock an edgier streetwear style. A pair of casual joggers always matches with you favorite boot; these cozy Alternative Apparel “eco-fleece dodgeball” sweats in camo reinforce the military vibe of the paratrooper style.
Mixing different shades of black is a great way to give casual layers a smart and aggressive look. Plus it serves as a neutral backdrop to highlight other subtle aspects like unique jewelry, the jacket lining poking out from your zipper, or your cool new haircut. In this case it’s all three, proving less is more. Benny Gold “Stevenson” black parka shines over an Alternative Apparel organic light French Terry crewneck sweatshirt in washed black.
Visit spruce.me online or drop into 4347 Tennyson St. to book an appointment, shop the collection, and get spruced!
--Colby K. Marks
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