In the past, most Boulder men would be seen out and about town wearing athleisure clothing—probably because they just got back from hiking, climbing or skiing all day. But the Boulder man is starting to evolve his style into a hip, sleek and (in our opinion) sexy look that gives us vibes of big-city-living tucked into the mountains. These men represent the artists, musicians and creatives that Boulder naturally attracts. We’ve rounded up a guide for all Boulder men to embrace this new edgy style—from picking up the perfect jean jacket at Canoe Club to getting a retro-inspired trim at Truman Barber Co., to even getting a tattoo at Claw and Talon that speaks to your mountain-man heart. So buckle up and take a shot of whiskey, because there’s a new man in town.
Truman Barber Co.
Anthony Lavdanski was living in Nashville, Tennessee when his friend and now business partner Vince Romano from Truman Boot Co., noticed Boulder was missing an authentic barbershop for men to get quality cuts.
“Most people go to Denver, or they don’t have anyone good in town,” says Lavdanski.
Before going to Barber school in Pennsylvania, Lavdanski was a traveling musician in a band called Magic. But after two years of touring, he was burnt out and personally felt the lifestyle was too selfish for him. Lavdanski found a familiarity with cutting hair because he grew up getting cuts from his dad as a kid and even gave informal cuts to friends.
“This is a way that I can make people feel good in a more hands-on type way.”
Truman Barber Co. offers a variety of styles for men and women interested in shorter styles. Lavdanski is noticing a trend in classic, timeless and short haircuts, but wants to see more flowy looks emerge in Boulder.
“I don’t want to change the Boulder look but instead enhance it in the sense that there’s a better way to wear your hair without a huge amount of attention,” says Lavdanski. “I want it to be lifestyle-friendly and designed for Colorado.”
Claw and Talon Tattoo
David Goodnight is an up-and-coming tattoo artist and illustrator that has been working at Claw and Talon Tattoo for roughly two years. His black ink style often features botanicals, animals and anatomical drawings that look straight out of a 100-year-old textbook.
“This whole style came up by accident,” he said admittedly.
He found he had a specialized talent after a client requested a tattoo to look like a woodcut. From there, he began to refine his look and build a strong customer base.
Goodnight doesn’t see himself as an impact on the changing style and look of Boulder but rather focuses on how he can help his clients express themselves artistically and appreciate artwork that they can carry with them everywhere.
“The style transcends—I don’t see [my tattoos] as masculine or feminine in their characteristics,” says Goodnight. “It comes down to what tattoos have always been—a form of self-expression.”
It seems like as tattoos increasingly become a cultural norm, the Boulder man is finding the idea of permanency to be less intimidating and more as an expression of art and self.
“I understand that people want to put a lot of thought into it, but I have such an appreciation for people that say, ‘let’s just go for it,’” says Goodnight.
Canoe Club is more than a retail space—it’s a place to start a conversation about fashion. The store is located on the west end of Pearl street and makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a rustic, lakeside cabin from the 1970s. Cozy rugs, wood paneling and house plants scatter throughout the Americana menswear; vinyl records are playing the background, and a beer or canned wine is offered to you from a vintage refrigerator.
“The whole idea came from this space being available and being able to open up the doors and look at the Flatirons,” says Bob Lamey, the founder of Canoe Club. “If we were down [Pearl street] and we have 100 extra people a day, that would compromise the vibe that we’re trying to accomplish.”
The Canoe Club sells high-end clothing that is made from unique, innovative brands as well as one-of-a-kind vintage pieces.
“Some people want to buy the vintage pieces because it reflects labor, hard work and toll, and it’s really distressed well; and then there’s other people who buy raw denim because they say they want to put their own signature on it,” says Lamey. “And we’ll cover both bases.”
Lamey and his partners are passionate storytellers. When you enter the store, you’ll find yourself on an educational journey about textiles and how the clothing is made, or the story behind the designer and why it’s so unique.
“We’re not a department store, we’re not trying to churn mass sales,” says Lamey. “We’re trying to be an advocate for brands and designers that we think are doing cool things and that requires the time to have that conversation. It’s also the reason why we chose those Japanese craft whiskeys and different things because everything we have, we want to be a conversation point,” says Lamey.
Lamey was the founder of the online women’s retail store Shopbop before opening the Canoe Club in March 2017. His passion is clothing and saw the need for a men’s retail space in the up-and-coming Boulder scene.
“The belief is that there is a customer here that knows these brands and hasn’t had access to touching it and feeling it and trying it on, or they don’t know these brands, and they’re open to being educated and get excited about it,” he says.
The Canoe Club hosts brands that we grew up knowing and loving like Levis and Barcuta. From styles like flannel and denim shirts, sneakers, moccasins and work boots, the Boulder man can find something that fits his style.
“For so long, what was considered men’s fashion was a Jil Sander or Prada, and that doesn’t appeal to everybody—but everybody wants a denim jacket,” says Lamey.
Lamey’s mission to one day be the authority on men’s fashion and hopes that ripples throughout the town.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing if somewhere down the line someone said Boulder was the best-dressed town in America?” he asked. At the rate Boulder’s going, it might not be that far off.
“For so long, what was considered men’s fashion was a Jil Sander or Prada and that doesn’t appeal to everybody—but everybody wants a denim jacket”