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Welcome to Drunk Shopping, our feature celebrating the time-honored tradition of getting totally wasted while the sun's still shining before buying a bunch of debatably useful stuff that the sober you would be too timid or too restrained to take home. Each Friday we'll cobble together a new itinerary starting you off with a boozy Saturday or Sunday brunch before meandering through a few neighboring retailers and happy hours notable for seasonal specials, limited time availability, fantastic deals, recent openings, or new shipments.
In the immortal words of sage/freestyle songstress Debbie Deb: "Lookout weekend cause, here [we] come; Because weekends were, made for fun." Yes, Debbie—fun and Drunk Shopping (which are virtually one and the same). This crisp, autumn weekend we're trolling the Meatpacking District, and before you scoff at the notion of eating at some scene-y, overpriced tourist trap of a restaurant note that we're all about Bill's Bar & Burger. Get the famous Bill's Classic with American Cheese and wash it down with a combination of beers and spiked shakes you'll probably regret later. Then hit the pavement.
If it's Saturday, your first stop should be Duckie Brown's studio on W. 13th for their annual sample sale. The beautifully-made and sometimes quirky menswear is often hard to find and usually hard to afford. This Saturday only, one of a kind samples, overstock, archival pieces and basics are up to 80% off.
If it's not Saturday and/or you're not into exquisitely tailored menswear then you'll want to check out Maison Ballaish. The brand new shop—the label's very first foray into the American market—is romantic and lovely. And if there's a bride-to-be in your group you'll want to browse the designer's upstairs bridal showroom. Two blocks north, Scoop's Warehouse Sale is still still in full swing—grab the shop's contemporary standards, across all departments, at up to 70% off.
Otherwise, the usually-so-serious Jeffrey has some adorable Peanuts-themed windows right now. That's Charlie Brown and Lucy van Pelt, not the legume-nut thing. And Moschino's windows are constantly great.
From there head north: First stop Chelsea Market. Grab a cocktail, take a bathroom break, pick up some produce, hit one of the bakeries, or just stop by Ricky's Halloween pop-up for some light costume shopping. Your costume's going to be funnier if you're drunk when you buy it—just sayin'.
Now trek on up to W. 24th Street—Building Fashion's newest pop-up shop, Richard Chai, is up and running. If you never checked out the space while it was devoted to Waris Ahluwalia, Heather Huey or Simon Spurr, now is as good a time as any; and it's the only installation on the roster that will prominently feature womenswear.
Finally, back track south for some suds at Half King. Maybe it'll be warm enough to sit outside. Maybe you'll already be hungover and need the welcoming darkness of the bar. Either way, Guiness is calling. Don't disappoint Debbie Deb.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments.
· DealFeed: Duckie Brown [Racked NY]
· Maison Ballaish Brings Turn-of-the-Century Paris to MePa [Racked NY]
· DealFeed: Scoop Warehouse Sale [Racked NY]
· Building Fashion [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]