Bringing the finest in men’s clothing to Des Moines for over 50 years, Badowers offers everything from exquisite suits to well-crafted denim. We’re an independent store for guys who love clothes, and fit and quality are our first priority. Carrying fine men's clothing brands like Luigi Bianchi Mantova, LBM 1911, Eton of Sweden, Wolverine 1000 Mile, Barbour, Todd Snyder, Billy Reid, Filson, Randolph Engineering, Apolis, Alden, Allen Edmonds, Gant, Ghurka, Mac Jeans, Cause and Effect, To Boot New York, Ruell and Ray, Baldwin Kansas City and more.
Getting my mom in front of a camera was no simple task, but in the name of a Proper Mother’s Day blog post, I was able to get her to oblige. I asked her to pick her top 5 favorites currently at Proper, and while she was happy to list them off, she was quick to start off by saying “All moms really want is just time with their kids!”
Ok mom, well you will get lots of that on Mothers Day and maybe even a surprise or two…!
2. I’ve bought several Lolo bags as gifts for others but would really like one for myself! I travel pretty light but they are perfect for packing a few toiletries.
3. I don’t wear a lot of sparkle (I don’t know where my daughter got her love for everything sparkly – not from me!) but this dainty Lulu Frost necklace is a great way to dress up a simple outfit without being too loud.
4. I’ve worn my jean jacket for years – it would be nice to have another one my closet to rotate, also love the snaps on this one.
5. I got 2 Barbour coats last year – one for fall and one for winter. They quickly became my go-to favorites! I love this spring Barbour jacket because it’s lightweight and in a fun, different color from anything else I have.
To all the moms out there – Happy Mothers Day from Proper and Badowers.
We are starting off April with a special price on one of our favorite suits and blazer. We worked with Luigi Bianchi Mantova to bring a selection of Italian made suits to the shop at under $1000. For the next few weeks we are taking $200 off any one of the 5 great fabrics and $125 off our Navy Blazer in the same collection.
You’re a man. You work hard and you’re not afraid to get dirty. That might mean you put a suit on once a year, or 5 days a week. Either way, when you suit up you want to look and feel your best. Luigi Bianchi has a history of suit making in Mantova, Italy that goes back over 100 years, and while $1000 isn’t a small amount of money, when you consider what goes into a well crafted suit, it’s a value. We stock 5 great slim fit models that are perfect whether it is your first suit or a refresh navy or grey suit or even a tux. To help you complete the outfit, we have chosen the best dress shirt on the market, Eton of Sweden. They employ a patented weave, and make use of the best cotton available for a shirt that stands up to the rigors of travel and everyday wear around the office. We also love the way the collar stands up without flaring out or flattening down.
We get a little thrill out of taking an item and finding as many ways as possible to style it. What’s the point in having beautiful things if you can’t find more than one or two ways to wear them?
We’ve been enamored with this sparkly Cynthia Rowley stunner since the second we laid eyes on it in all its sequin-covered glory, so we decided to make it a regular rotating piece in our closet by finding 8 different ways to wear it. Scroll through to check out some of our favorites. Add tights, pile on the jewelry, throw a jean jacket on top, and change up the shoes to find even more ways to wear our current favorite sequin skirt!
We had such a great response to our slim fit grey and navy suit from Luigi Bianchi last spring that we expanded on the collection. Along with Navy Blazer we have added a Tuxedo, grey shadow plaid, and navy plaid to the mix. We worked with Luigi Bianchi, the oldest continuously family owned clothing company in Italy, On a fit and fabric. We wanted to share the quality and fit that many of our clients know at under $1000. The coat model is a 7″ drop and fits slim, but not tight. The pant is trim with a nice taper to the leg. If you are broad in the shoulders or chest we might recommend sizing up. This soft shoulder jacket doesn’t look off altered down to fit. This is the model we wear at the shop. Enjoy.
For some time, we have had customers asking us when we will start carrying women’s clothes or say, “I wish there was a women’s store in Des Moines like Badowers.”
Not to exclude the ladies, but Badowers has always been committed to keeping it a mens store – a comfortable atmosphere where guys can relax, shop, and have a drink. However, we had been playing with the idea of opening a women’s shop that offers the same service and selection as Badowers, along with the same assortment of products that aren’t available anywhere else in Des Moines or Iowa.
Last October with the help of some friends of the shop we met Kiley Stenberg. The conversation went from “What are your thoughts about a women’s store?” to “We have to do this!” We hired Kiley a few months later. Kiley came to us with strong ties to the fashion industry through her style blog, a Sequin Dress at Breakfast, along with many trips to NY Fashion Week, guest designing for a shoe line, and her own personal style. With her on board, we are excited to announce the launch of Proper, the sister store to Badowers. We are officially launching Proper in September with a series of pop up shops around the city of Des Moines, but are hosting a Proper Pop Up preview this Saturday from 9-5 at Badowers. Stop by say hello to Kiley and get a peek of some of the great brands we will be carrying at Proper.
One of my favorite things about Badowers is the history of the store. 50 plus years of dressing the men of Des Moines. For me it’s a source of pride and influences the way I think about our neighborhood and community. We are a Men’s store in a city that 50 years ago had dozens, and now only one. But to be honest there isn’t much of an archive of the past. Over the past month I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a few customers who bought their first suit at Badowers and still shop here today. Last week Mike Badower, son of the founder and master tailor, stopped by the shop. Mike was kind enough to send us these ads and photos.
Stop by the shop on Thursday, May 30th from 5-8pm. We will have an expanded selection of Filson, Randolph Engineering, and Wolverine 1000 mile. The video and photos from our last trip will be shown that night as well. Let us show you some of our favorite gear from these great brands.
Take $50 off your next Purchase of $150 or more now through May 11th. Check out our online shop and selection of Luigi Bianchi and LBM 1911 now 10% of until April 17th.
In early November we were lucky enough to have Billy Moore and Ashley James stop by the shop for an event. A one day event turned into three days. Billy brought with him his most colorful collection to date, along with some one -of- a- kind bags and accessories. Ashley has perfected her fits and there are quite a few guys in Des Moines enjoying their first pair of Ruell and Ray. I have a pair of Spence Slim in Natural that I haven’t taken off for 3 weeks, getting just the right amount of dirty for an off white Jean, and breaking in nicely. Check out the assortment of Cause and Effect on our online shop.
When I was 19 I fell in love with Iowa. It stopped just being the place I was born, where I’m from, where I live. I was given a copy of the Iowa Sportman’s Atlas. I have spent many days since chasing fish in the rivers and streams. More importantly I realized how many interesting people and places exist between the two great rivers that border the state. We spent a weekend in late October trout fishing the Driftless area of Northeast Iowa. We took pictures and highlighted some of the products we now carry in the store and online. This is part of a series highlighting the people, places and products that make Des Moines, and Iowa, special. This holiday season and into the new year we encourage you to shop local. Local business are what make your community yours. Take ownership of your city and the places that make it special to you by making them your first stop. Explore and you’ll be surprised that you don’t have to travel too far from home to try something new.
Billy Moore and Ashley James are coming back to Badowers with their version of a traveling road show. We are very fortunate to have Billy out of his workshop in Tennessee and making belts in the store. Ashley has been working with some new fabrics and fits. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet one of the most interesting guys in menswear. (ladies he makes belts for you too)
Thursday, November 8th 6-9pm. Music by Scott Yoshimura and DJ John Solarz
Friday, November 9th. 10am-6pm Billy will be at the store all day making Belts, bags, and bracelets to order.
Apolis Market Bag Des Moines Iowa USA
Our friends at Apolis reached out to us and asked if we would be interested in their Local + Global Market Bag campaign. We love what Apolis is doing and are glad to be a part of it. More Apolis goods coming soon!
Give Kevin or Michael a call at the store 515-283-2121. Email us Kevin@badowers.com or Michael@badowers.com. If you live in Des Moines, miss your hometown, or just want one of these bags. $68
Chris Ford stopped by the store and we had to get a few pictures of his jeans. He’s been wearing the Baldwin Denim Reed for just over a year and still without a wash. Chris is a musician fronting Christopher the Conquered. He plays in numerous side projects and runs a record label, Maxixum Ames Records. In the last year he’s sent a lot of guys into the store, Thanks Chris.
This is more of a “what I’m wearing today” but with our first real blast of cold and a bit of snow I was excited to put on some flannel pants with a thick oxford cloth shirt and flannel tie. Topped it off with an unlined flannel jacket. On the bottom some great new walnut shell cordovan boots by Allen Edmonds. I love seasonal clothing.
Boots. Allen Edmonds Dalton boot in walnut shell cordovan
Grey Flannel pants. Gant by Michael Bastian
Striped Oxford shirt. Gitman Bros.
Grey Flannel Tie. Gitman Bros.
Unlined Double Faced Navy Jacket. Luigi Bianch Montova “Dream” Jacket