Taking Care of Business

These designers will have you office-ready in no time, from head to toe


When it comes to work wear, there’s a lot to be said for looking the part. Whether it’s the extra surge of confidence that comes with wearing a great look or the added ease of having one less thing to worry about in the mornings thanks to outfits on-hand, here are four places to get your wardrobe work-ready.

No brand consistently nails the clean and simple look as well as Theory. Its primary palette of white and off-whites, black and grays rarely strays further into the color spectrum than an army green or deep midnight blue, and “embellishment” is seemingly not in the brand’s vocabulary. But don’t confuse this back-to-basic theory, if you will, with blandness; silhouettes and fabrics are highly sophisticated without demanding attention, making them perfectly impressive for the office. The capacious Meatpacking District boutique is equally modern with racks suspended from the ceiling and large, low tables bearing equal parts investment pieces and beautiful separates—everything from loose trousers to leather trenches for women, block-colored sweaters to tuxedos for men. (Gansevoort St. at Greenwich St.)

For a timepiece as precious as the time it tells, Tourneau is the unsurpassable souk of luxury watches. Its Midtown flagship is impossible to miss with its exterior lined with world clocks, but inside is even more impressive, with glass cases of ultra-high-end pieces from Rolex and Audemars Piguet down to the more moderately priced TAG Heuer and Tissot brands. Tourneau’s own line of watches err on the luxurious end of the spectrum; though simple in style, they’re known for their craftsmanship and gorgeous range of interchangeable bands. A variety of vintage timepieces are also sold here, and the service and repairs department is extensive. (57th St. nr. Fifth Ave.)

It’s no easy task to find a good work bag, one that carries a myriad of supplies, weathers well, and is versatile enough to look good with a variety of outfits. Coach, however, consistently puts forward pieces that meet all of these criteria, making the brand a favorite among professionals of all types. It was initially founded as a leather goods house, and leather is still the material it crafts best, though more exotic skins make their way into the edgier collections. For thick, double-stitched leather totes and satchels, briefcases, and even weekend bags for those Fridays where you jet out of town straight from the office, come to Coach’s Midtown flagship, which is as clean and bright as its beautiful accessories. (Madison Ave. at 57th St.)

Many will agree that shoes can make or break an outfit. Created by its namesake designer, who was also the co-founder of Nine West, Vince Camuto’s shoes ensure that the latter never happens. In its white-walled Grand Central outlet, shelves are lined with on-trend footwear that pack just enough punch to pull together an outfit without stealing the show. For weekdays, men should keep an eye out for the leather chukkas, wingtips, double-buckled slip-ons, and handmade bedroom slippers, and women for the neutral-tone heeled sandals, variety of ballet flats, and, when a bit of fierceness is needed, the printed point-toe pumps. (Main Concourse, Grand Central Station)