Retailer Profile: Plain Clothes (Birmingham, AL)

It’s not an everyday occurrence to find yourself at a crossroads between a career in fashion and one in academia, yet this was the dilemma for Steve Fazio—co-founder of Plain Clothes boutique in Birmingham, AL. Having known Steve and his wife/business partner Martha for a long time, we certainly feel that they both made the right choice in pursuing their lifelong interest in high quality clothing.


For Steve, it all started after many years in the fashion industry buying for a traditional menswear shop frequented by his father and older brother. With the knowledge he acquired from his many buying trips and interactions with sought-after brands, Steve and his wife decided to launch their own boutique to express their personal take on classic clothing. As such, they sought out to marry the aesthetic appeal of Ivy League fashion with the timelessness of Saville Row tailoring. Now almost 30 years later, Plain Clothes has amassed an incredible reputation for their expertly curated, luxury clothing offerings for both men and women.

Aside from its unique sense of style, what sets Plain Clothes apart from other brick and mortars is simply the taste and personality of its owners. In fact, Steve and Martha comprise the entire staff, injecting their character into everything they do. Referencing their affinity for 30’s and 40’s style, they stock a variety of contemporary garments that subtly allude to their personal collection of vintage issues of Esquire dating back to the same time period. In addition, the Fazio’s are also insatiable jazz and swing enthusiasts, indulging both interests in their store on a daily basis.


Be sure to stop in the next time you are in Birmingham to meet Steve and Martha, and experience the atmosphere of one of our most unique stockists.

Plain Clothes
Store hours: Tues–Sat 10A-5P
2820 Linden Avenue,
Homewood, AL 35209