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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.
Two of the biggest names in menswear are having a pretty big weekend here in New York. A Continuous Lean—one of the blogs most responsible for ushering in our age of Workwear Americana—is hosting their ultra-curated (if slightly light on bargains) pop-up flea in Nolita. And ten blocks or so southwest, Steven Alan—father of the fashionably crinkled chambray shirt—is hosting his always-epic sample and overstock sale on Franklin Street. We're hitting both, and getting drunk along the way.
Start your day right with brunch—just let's pretend brunch is manly. At least at Emporio there's a steak on offer, and a burger, and an egg dish with both bacon and sausage—those are manly! Your dishes start out at around $15 and include a breakfast cocktail. Or go all out and get 90 minutes of free-flowing mimosas with your man-brunch for $30. Then hit the pavement: ACL awaits.
A Continous Lean's flea is happening at the Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry Street between Spring Street and Kenmare Street. Peruse vintage Levi's, the hard-to-find L.L.Bean Signature collection, ties by Alexander Olch, Gitman Brothers shirting, Oliver Spencer basics, and assorted sundries from Hickoree's Hard Goods. In between: Hand-tooled belts, vintage accessories, giftables and apparel that skirts the line between durable and designer. It's good stuff—but you're not necessarily going for the bargains. That's why you're trekking to a sample sale next.
On your way down hit up the Nancy Whisky Pub. You'll make up for brunch and all those fey little mimosas in delicate stemmed glasses at this dive where—bonus—pitchers of beer top out at $16. So, like, a pitcher a person? That's what we thought.
Now that your inhibitions are drowned in suds, the time is ripe for some careless spending on cut-price Steven Alan sample sale wares. In addition to all of Alan's infamous broadclothes and wovens and ginghams ($58 to $68) and crisp khakis and shorts ($25 and up), you'll find very well-priced men's staples from Generic Surplus, Relwen, Keds, Reyn Spooner, Hyden Yoo, Rogan and Dickies. Nothing is overly trendy or crazy-fussy, prices are pretty great, and it's safe to assume the quality is above average. What we're saying is: Even your mistakes won't be too regrettable come Monday. And if you feel like you're at risk—hey, you know where to find more $16 pitchers.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!