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The Pop-Up Flea still has its boyish indie impetuosity, but it's starting to attract some major brands. J.Crew and Jack Spade join a roster of smaller Americana-obsessed labels for the second go-round of the flea, a menswear festival co-founded by the blogger behind A Continuous Lean. At J.Crew's booth, we found a range of vintage and vintage-esque footwear, including dead-stock work boots from the 1950s and earlier going for $350. "All three Russell moccasins are in the same place for the first time!" crowed the salesman. Jack Spade, meanwhile, offered easy holiday presents like scarves and gloves.
Rising star Rogues Gallery is doing while-you-watch screen-prints: For $68, they'll print the image of your choice onto a t-shirt you select with the same process they use in their workshop in Maine. Smith Street standby Epaulet has Pendleton blankets with picnic straps ($130) and a gorgeous Pendleton bag for $185. At the Wolf Vs. Goat table, we found RRL and Raf Simmons alongside WvG's own menswear, and at Hickoree's we seriously considered buying a vintage bird call. (Hickoree's is definitely the flea's master of genuinely pleasing novelty gifts—they also had Field Notes notebooks, velvet pencils, and square-end ties running from $78 to $83).
Located at the Openhouse Gallery at 201 Mulberry Street, the Flea runs till 9pm tonight, from 11am to 7pm tomorrow, and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday. Before the first hour was up, one vendor told us they'd already done $1000 worth of business, so we suspect it's going to be a big success.
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