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The Pop-Up Flea 2009

by Ami Kealoha
on 23 November 2009

photos by James Ryang


Our weekend activities included a stop by the second annual Pop-Up Flea where we found a trove of Americana-inspired clothing and accessories (read: lots of plaid). UrbanDaddy's Randy Goldberg and Michael Williams (of A Continuous Lean) curated the vendors, from vintage Navy blankets to No Mas' boxing-themed booth. The good news is that while the flea's over, several of these retailers sell online too. Read on to learn more.


Greeting customers at the entrance, Billykirk set up a few artisans to work on their leather goods during the duration of the event.


We love pretty much everything in their range of handmade accessories, but we keep going back to the trim bike bag that neatly secures to frames ($125) as an excellent gift.


Selling deadstock, "heartland made" knitwear, Ohio Knitting Mills allows you to relive that Christmas sweater from the '80s.


J. Crew's concept men's store occupied their corner well with their beautifully displayed clothes, accessories and coffee table books.


More than a few of our most stylish friends own this denim shirt.


Purveyer of mid-century and industrial furniture Sit and Read taught us the phrase "cabin modern."


Describing the Mr. Mort brand challenges the best of silver-tongued wordsmiths. All we know is that flashy suspenders, tartan yamulkes, cryptic ties and witty baseball caps will always have a place in our hearts.


If we had to pick one, the "Blah" Dodgers hat wins.


Also embracing a particularly American pastime, No Mas stuck pretty close to boxing with a table full of their clean and clever tees, as well as memorabilia. We're still thinking about screening vintage Ali films and the 10-ounce (as opposed to the U.S.'s eight-ounce) Mexican boxing gloves.


Jack Spade set up an outpost of their quirky stuff that you want.


Among the baubles of jewelers Digby & Iona, selections of petrified wood caught our eye.


Epitomizing today's "vintage modern" look, The Hill-Side makes ties and handkerchiefs out of selvedge fabrics. They also make a pretty sweet version of a mason's bag.


Brooklyn retailer Epaulet exported their store to Manhattan for the weekend. Their eponymous line of ties (especially in jumbo pixel fabric) undoubtedly got the most attention.


With nary an offensive pattern in the bunch, Alexander Olch's ties and bow-ties also make a popular choice.


Drawing on Native American and their nautical Portland, Maine heritage, Rogues Gallery's booth presented their line of accessories and clothes.


Standouts include totes made from vinyl and rope, anchor charms and high-top boat shoes.