New Men’s Clothing Store Brings Pop-Up Shop Concept to Fishers
Writer / Julie Yates
Photography Provided by Jayms Rush & McQueen & Grant
“It’s not easy,” says Adam Sterle as he discusses the challenges men face in finding appropriate clothes that fit the bill for business casual yet can also be worn for weekend activities.
“I have struggled with finding nice looking clothes locally,” Sterle says. “Women in Fishers have great opportunities for boutique shopping but not men. Our only options have been stores like Nordstrom or Old Navy, which are fine, but don’t necessarily offer anything unique.”
As a solution to the lack of men’s clothing availability in Fishers, and because of a genuine interest in developing a local business, Sterle and his wife, Kim Joab, decided to open McQueen & Grant in early 2019. Both have worked in marketing for 23 years and Sterle is currently employed at Roche Diagnostics while Joab now devotes her full-time attention to McQueen & Grant. The concept of the store is as innovative as the garments it sells.
“We had been looking for a business to get involved in when Kim said, ‘Why don’t we start our own men’s clothing store?’” Sterle says. “We weren’t ready for a physical storefront so we came up with the idea of a ‘click and mortar’ shop. It’s basically an online store with a website, but every three weeks or so we host a pop-up shop which gives people the opportunity to touch, feel and try on the clothes.”
The couple began by attending trade shows in order to secure merchandise to sell that would be high-quality yet not easily found in an average department store. In January, they went to New York City and found six different brands of denim and sweaters that they were interested in. Then, they signed up a few additional manufacturers when they attended a February market in Chicago.
“When we went to the markets, we didn’t know what to expect,” Sterle says. “It’s a different business model than I’m used to but we found several small to midsize emerging companies with great back stories and products with great style. Kim and I chose the name McQueen & Grant to reflect the swagger of Steve McQueen but the classiness of Gary Grant. We were able to find items that personified those two style icons.”
The response to their pop-up shops has been overwhelmingly positive. They have held events in the community room of the Flats at Switch Apartments and in the Edge Building in downtown Fishers. Each has a theme and offers clothes appropriate for the season plus an out-of-the-ordinary item such as onyx leather bracelets from local jewelry maker J. Nicole or beautifully crafted leather messenger bags. The short-sleeved shirts from the company Stitch Note, which is owned by an individual whose father was a producer of country & western wear, have sold well. Also popular are pieces from Dearborn Denim which is located in Chicago — the company produces everything within the United States. The biggest seller so far has been their Liverpool Jeans offerings.
“I’ve seen guys put on a pair of jeans that have a bit of stretch and they say, ‘This feels good!’ And then their wife says, ‘Honey, you look good!’ When guys wear clothes that have style yet feel good, it inspires confidence,” Sterle says. “The apparel is affordable with jeans ranging from $65 to $98 and tops starting from $24.50 for a V-neck tee on up to a long sleeve voile print shirt for $125. We have accessories as well which include one-of-a-kind dress socks from a company called Fun Socks and, later in the season, we will be selling handmade leather belts from France and Italy.”
McQueen & Grant have several pop-up shops planned for the coming months. On July 17, they will partner with Lily & Sparrow Boutique and hold a pop-up shop from 11:00 a.m. To 1:00 p.m. in the Edge Building, 8890 East 116th Street next to The Well Coffeehouse. Later in the summer, they will return to the community room at the Flats at Switch Apartments on August 1, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Additional events will be announced on their social media sites.
“I get joy out of seeing people happy,” Sterle says. “We wanted to supply something different that you can’t find in other stores and provide an experience that works for the customer. We want to make buying men’s clothes effortless and inspire confidence with style.”
Visit McQueen & Grant on Facebook and Instagram or online at McQueenAndGrant.com.