Every trailblazer needs an outfitter, and the style-conscious safari-bound gentleman would do well to stock his kit at Hollander and Lexer, Atlantic Avenueâs menswear outpost, which opened last year. Incongruously set among the coffee shops and antique boutiques of Boerum Hill, Lexerâs dim sepia den is like a trip back in time to a forgotten Victorian curiosity. One imagines that Stanley shopped at similar retailers when preparing to rescue Dr. Livingstone from the Congo. As befits a place steeped in nostalgia, Hollander and Lexerâs clothing entirely bypasses most current trends for a sturdy stock of classic-casual pieces. This is not to say that contemporary brands are not represented. Rag & Bone, Engineered Garments, Steven Alan, Rogues Gallery and Paul Smith are the designers of choice, and the well-edited selection of their wares -- thick tweedy vests and jackets, classic poplin and cotton shirts, most priced under $300 -- are well complemented by a smattering of miscellany, from vintage jewelry and watches to Germanyâs classic Schiesser undergarments. Itchy wool blankets, tubes of imported shaving creams and a healthy selection of man-bags round out the offerings. Tally-ho, an emerging shopper is tempted to say, until he hits the pavement outside and realizes the only jungle in his future is a concrete one. 358 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, (718) 797-9190.
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