I was also in Hamburg for a day and visited a couple of fine men’s haberdasheries. The first is Ladage & Oelke, which I first read about in Flusser’s Style and the Man. Below are some photos of their holiday displays:

Ladage & Oelke window display
Ladage & Oelke shearling coat
Ladage & Oelke shearling lined boots & shoes
Ladage & Oelke accessories

L&O is worthy of a pilgrimage for its distinctive take on men’s clothing. What it does well is take the English city and country style and assimilate them in northern German terms. Think also American trad (or Ivy League style) meets the Baltic Sea.

Ladage & Oelke outerwear
Ladage & Oelke knickerbockers!
Ladage & Oelke sweaters

My 2 favorite things about the store are its terrific tie selection (ground floor) and shoe department (second floor). The former is an American trad (and Ivy League) dream – knit ties in silk, cotton and wool and 3.25″ silk ties in conservative print and knit patterns (including animal motifs) made under the English labels Church’s and Atkinson’s.

Ladage & Oelke country coat with game pockets


Ladage & Oelke
Ladage & Oelke morning coat

Their shoe selection is extensive, as is their inventory (10,000 pairs in stock for men and women). They carry St. Crispin, Edward Green, Crockett & Jones, Alden, Wolverine, Carmina and Lendvay & Schwarcz (an Austrian sounding brand but actually made in Italy).

If you live near Hamburg, Crockett & Jones is holding a trunk show at the store on December 2 (2-7pm) and December 3 (10-6pm). Prices range from EUR420 to 540 plus EUR50 for any made-to-order variations.

Braun is Hamburg’s Italian alternative to L&O, also covered in Flusser’s book. Unfortunately I visited after their closing time and leave you with just a couple of window display shots.

Braun quilted jacket
Braun – Fay blue topcoat

I also visited Berlin and will post photos shortly.

1 thought on “Hamburg style: English and Italian threads”

  1. I'm looking for a brown suede pair of shoes with country sole like the one shown in the picture with the "wolverine" plate (fourth image of the post from top).
    Thanks and congrats!

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