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The Pop-Up Flea 2009
by Ami Kealoha
on 23 November 2009

photos by James Ryang

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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