San Diego guys are stylish, but never pretentious; inspired but not easily influenced. These gentlemen refuse to follow trend, and instead, trust their instinct. They crave late night drinks at Starlite Lounge, seek DJ talent at El Dorado, and make reservations at Alchemy for date night. They only order handcrafted cocktails and local craft beer. So why would they accept any less custom craftsmanship for the shirt on their back?
Crow Thief is a handcrafted men’s wear label that just opened a new retail boutique in South Park. Owner and designer Melissa Hendrix-Lawson has been styling in-the-know gents in custom made-to-order shirts since 2008, and will now expand her reach with the launch of a flagship store. Having worked with Forever21 and the Hotel del Coronado, Melissa has a background in both apparel manufacturing and buying, and has been waiting for the right time to funnel her experience into a new passion project.
From indigo denim to distressed brown lamb skin, Melissa sources quality fabrics from around the world and assembles the men’s wear garments locally in California. The brand is not committed to seasonal assumptions or trend demands; but rather, it’s dedicated to substance, soul and experience. Unique to Crow Thief, each style is only produced in limited quantities, which allows local guys to treasure their exclusivity.
The Crow Thief space resembles a restored farm house, with recycled wood walls, white vintage chairs, and antique décor interspersed with handcrafted shirts and leather goods for sale. A few of Melissa’s signature shirts include the California Thrasher, an indigo denim shirt with black lamb skin leather front placket, cuffs and bottom hem; Fox Sparrow, a light weight brown and turquoise plaid shirt with pyramid studs, brown distressed lamb skin leather accents, side panels, button placket, bottom hem and cuff; and Rock Dove, a light weight blue / grey denim shirt with black lamb skin leather accents, button placket, bottom hem and cuff.
But if you prefer to create your own one-of-a-kind style, you can subscribe to Crow Thief’s Custom Craftsmanship division.
Melissa explains, “I aspire to offer all of our clients a unique experience when walking into my store, capturing and cultivating a new era of tradition, craftsmanship and sophistication. Here, our clients have the opportunity to be involved with the process or purchase ready to wear.”
Crow Thief is located at 3009 Grape St. in South Park. The boutique opened on September 18, and the grand opening party is on October 15 from 6 to 10pm. For more information, call 619.961.6210 or visit crowthief.com