Looking for something to do in New York this weekend, maybe to take your mind off the fact that 97% of your friends are now partying in Miami at Art Basel? Go check out Pop-Up Flea, the weekend long shop created by menswear gurus Randy Goldberg and Michael Williams, of A Continuous Lean fame. Pop-Up Flea should be your destination to shop all the menswear brands you already love in one spot with the possibility of discovering new brands too. Come shop and get handsome.
Here’s my list of brands you MUST check out, and suggestions for gifts (or personal shopping) you can find at each.
Aether– For the guy that loves to be active and outdoors, or who maybe just has a longer walk to the subway and needs to stay bundled up. Aether makes great performance wear using advanced technological fabrics with modern style, as they put it, “can be worn in the city or on the slopes.”
Stay Warm, Look Sharp. Men’s Boundary Coat, $325
Terrapin Stationers– In a world overflowed with technology, I think it is still important to send personalized hand written cards. Terrapin Stationers has been printing in New York for almost a century but their witty cards are current with the times embossed with phrases like “yolo” and “WTF” Terrapin Stationers should be your go to if you want to wish everyone Happy F***ing Holidays.
Man of the World– Man of the World is the quarterly magazine that reads as a handbook for what you need to know on food, art, travel, culture, and fashion. As a Man of the world himself, Editor in Chief, Alan Maleh, has curated a selection of treasured vintage items that are available on their website as well as at Pop-Up Flea.
My favorite? This Vintage Decanter that every wine lover would love. $690
Todd Snyder– If you haven’t checked out Todd Snyder’s recent store front, City Gym, stop by the Pop-UP Flea to see a selection of the top items from the Todd Snyder + Champion collection and other like branded goods. You can look smart in sweats with these elevated sportswear pieces. But warning guys, hold on tight to your sweatshirt, if a girl borrows it, she might not give it back. Personally, I live in these ultimate “boyfriend” sweatshirts.
Harry’s– Movember is over and I’ve noticed a few guys out there that need a good shave, or at least a trim. Harry’s shaving is dedicated to providing well-crafted razors and shaving product at an affordable price, so there is no excuse to be channeling Into The Wild. Harry’s won’t just help you look better, but they also volunteer 1% of their time or every 1% of sales to City Year, an organization that prepares people for personal and professional success. The best find for a guy who want to look good and do good.
Kauffman Mercantile – Kauffman Mercantile is a New York based online store filled with hand picked, thoughtful items that make excellent gifts. What Kaufmann Mercantile does best is not just sell you the product, but tells you the story of the craftsmen, designers, and history of each item. You’ll be able to find a gift for everyone on your list, as they carry everything from a sling slot, handmade copper mugs, to bike saddles.
What every guys needs, The Everyday Carry, $54
Hoodinkie– Hoodinkie is respected as the go-to destination for everything watches. As an online publication, you can find reviews and critiques of new and vintage watches. They also curate selections of watches for various stores and pop-ups, so if you’re in the market for a timeless (yes, pun-intended) gift, I recommend the experts at Hoodinkie.
Alexander Olch– I was recently introduced to Alexander Olch at party as, “This is Alex, he does ties.” And why yes, he does. Alexander Olch makes amazing ties, bow ties, pocket squares and scarves that will make any guy look dapper.
And TTS readers, you’re invited! Peep the details and go get your shop on.