See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

All Dolled Up: Randal Jacobs brings menswear to Eastern Market 

Randal Jacobs is a recent transplant from New York City who now calls Detroit his Midwest station. When he's not conjuring up creative ideas for installations and exhibitions, he spends his time lecturing about fashion history and the social and political impact of clothing. He also travels extensively, researching and writing critical essays focused on style, art, and human rights.

Jacobs believes in blending style and substance, and attributes his eccentric taste to several years of living in Europe, as well to his mother, who would wear sequins in the daytime to pick him up from school. His style muses include Coco Chanel, Isabella Blow, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "These icons all had uniforms and they stuck to them," he says. "Our lives are one big performance — the difference with me is that I never walk off of my stage."

You can catch Jacobs in Eastern Market, where he's revamping the men's department of Savvy Chic, which will be named Savvy Gents. "Detroit is such a great city, but menswear is so hard to find in the city. Not that I even believe in gender bias in clothing," he says.

Sunglasses, Savvy Chic: $29

Necklace, C. Wonder: $125

Silk chiffon shirt: Hand-made

Comme des Garçons neoprene shorts: $325

Allen Edmonds Shoes: $365

TOTAL......... $844

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 28, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit