Women have their little black dresses, but what about men?
According to Amir Browder, every man’s closet should include “a crisp white button down shirt, a classic pair of nicely fitted jeans, a black brogue dress shoe, a classic sneaker, tortoise shell frames, a bomber jacket, and classic wrist piece.”
“And all men must have a two-button blazer – blue or black,” Browder told the AFRO, April 2.
As the owner of Homme, a men’s lifestyle boutique that opened July 2014 in the Anacostia Arts Center, Browder ensures his customers know the essentials so they’ll be able to make smart choices about accessories – shoes, jewelry, outerwear, etc.
“You may not want to go with everything trendy because next year, you may not be able to wear it – [after] you spend so much money,” he says, “But if you stick to the classics you never go wrong.”
Browder works with local and national designers to present a carefully curated selection of men’s clothing and grooming products, making Homme a go-to for one-of-a-kind pieces for D.C.’s most stylish men.
A native Washingtonian who grew up near Potomac Avenue SE, Browder has had an eye on apparel since the age of 17. Over the years, he’s taken courses in fashion from the University of the District of Columbia to the Fashion Institute of Technology. As an entrepreneur, he’s developed several fashion businesses from styling customers to designing garments. Working in Fortune 500 companies, he built a strong skillset in customer service.
After two decades of delving into the industry, he was presented with the opportunity to open a brick and mortar location. “Once I was told that this spot was available to me, I immediately started going back through notes that I collected throughout the years and started putting it into action,” he says. “The plan was already there, it was just having the opportunity to showcase and have the plans executed.”
More than an outlet to sell merchandise, Browder has created an atmosphere that celebrates the historic Anacostia neighborhood and all of its amenities. “People from the community who have never stepped foot in the Anacostia Arts Center started to come in and feel more comfortable with this amazing place that we have here; and not just my boutique, but all the other cool stuff that’s going on,” he says.
Recognizing that access to D.C.’s art scene can be quite political, Homme has also become a space where locals artists can show their work.
As a local boutique and gathering space for creatives, Browder hopes that ultimately his personal touch can thread a fabric that’s beneficial to the community and the D.C. region. “I try to bring it full circle, show complete support and be someone that people can relate to,” he says. “You don’t have to feel like you have to buy everything when you come in, just kick it with me. I think that’s a pretty good way [to go].”
For more information about Homme DC, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hommedcboutique.