James Dant Men's Clothing

5624 E Washington St, Indianapolis, IN, United States

A light musky smell of leather and wood permeates the air, clothing of all colors and textures line shelves of reclaimed wood, the glass counter is surrounded by a diverse collection of sterling silver rings, shaving kits, and other accessories. Everything from shoes, to socks, to wooden ties, to the bicycle mounted on the wall can be purchased at James Dant – a store for men, in Irvington. Dant himself, or one of his two employees wait behind the counter of the store, pleasantly greeting those who enter before leaving them to look around the wide assortment of high-end clothing.

What started out as a dream for Thomas “Tommy” James Dant, fresh out of his undergraduate at Ball State with a degree in entrepreneurship, quickly became a reality when he started up his store in 2014 through a sublease on Washington Street. He immediately began receiving press and on opening day the store overflowed with visitors eager to see if James Dant lived up to its rep as a comfortable and accessible high-end shopping environment.

“There wasn’t really another store of this kind in Indiana before we showed up” Dant says, “The city had a need for a man-centric shop.”

Specifically focusing on American brands and hand crafted items, Dant wishes to bring a unique selection and style to his store, pushing to be part of what he dubs, “the makers’ movement”. He is always hunting for new brands and styles by attending shows in locations across the US.

In just six months after its opening, James Dant’s inventory quadrupled and began to pull customers from a much wider area. Dant has done everything from shooting promotional videos in his store to outfitting television personalities. He has plans to expand his business in the near future but would love to always keep a flagship shop here in Irvington.

“Irvington was really great to me, all the local support was what really kicked this store off. I love the neighborhood feel. [James Dant] is not afraid to evolve but we will always stay true to our values.” Dant says.


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