Return of menswear announced for downtown Iowa City boutique

Photo by Zak Neumann

Dapper-dressing dudes will soon be able to add another downtown stop to their regular shopping rounds: Sheila Davisson, owner of Revival and Revival 119, announced in an email that her clothing boutique on the Iowa City Ped Mall will soon bring back its permanent men’s section.

“It will start small, mainly just a curated selection of consigned vintage and modern resale items, and, if we see demand, we can expand into carrying some moderately priced new items (just as we do for ladies),” Davisson wrote in the email.

Revival had a mens section when it opened its original location in 2003 on Linn Street, in the location where Record Collector is currently. But, Davisson said, the demand for women’s clothing outweighed the men’s business. She closed the section in 2005, shifting the store’s focus to women’s only.

In 2007 Davisson moved her business to 117 E College St, later expanding into 119 E College St in 2015. The — revived? — men’s section will be housed in the expanded section, the side of the store that is currently branded as “119,” offering women’s cosmetics and specialty items.

Men’s items hiding in your closet that you’d like to put up for resale at Revival can be dropped off during regular business hours, starting now.

“We are ready to start taking men’s items now, so bring them on by anytime!” Davisson said.

Of special interest are fall and winter items, casual menswear (no suits or professional attire at the moment), jeans, flannels, t-shirts, jackets, coats and shoes.

“Items must be vintage, stylish, clean and free of damage,” she said.

Davisson expects the new men’s section to begin with a soft open in November, and to be fully operational by sometime in December.