Generation-spanning local clothing staple holds onto title

Best Men’s Clothing Store
M. Dumas and Sons

T opping the list with Best Men’s Clothing Store yet again is M. Dumas and Sons. A downtown retailer founded in 1917, M. Dumas has evolved into an iconic men’s specialty clothing store. Initially, M. Dumas and Sons was known as a uniform shop for service jobs. As such, the store was once the sole provider of uniforms for naval officers stationed in Charleston. M. Dumas and Sons later transitioned into a full-time men’s apparel arena in 1993, and now offers customers one of the widest assortments of men’s specialty brands in the nation. Pushing through the pandemic and quarantine was incredibly challenging, even for a generation-spanning local business, said owner Gary Flynn. 

“This is something that had never happened before,” he told City Paper in a previous report. “We’ve made it through the Great Depression, two world wars, stock market crashes — we’ve been open through it all. The only time we physically closed the store outside of a holiday is when there was a hurricane bearing down on us.”

But like many other local staples in Charleston, M. Dumas and Sons managed to survive yet again, and came out at the top of the Lowcountry men’s apparel world.


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