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Welcome to Drunk Shopping! Our new feature celebrates 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.
Could this week have been any longer? Doubtful. But we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's called Drunk Shopping. The weekend weather is supposed to be quite pleasant so we thought we'd meander along the easternmost bits of Manhattan from the East Village to the Lower East Side, starting at Esperanto for a Latin-influenced brunch of chorizo-flecked eggs and breakfast quesadillas. Plates are under $10, and they come with one serviceable mimosa, Bloody Mary, or screwdriver. Follow that first one up with a few more at $6 each, or better yet, get a pitcher of sangria for $35 (nothing like mixing liquors at your first meal of the day). Now stumble on out so we can buy some stuff!
Head west and trek up to 11th Street. We're going to pop into top New York purveyors of cool: Odin (for dudes) and Pas de Deux (for the ladies); both by the same owner and right next door to each other. You'll want to check out the recent lower-priced line from the Duckie Brown boys. Called Edward, the workwear-inspired pieces are ultra-high quality but top out under $500. While we're on Duckie Brown, check out their Florsheim-produced brogues and bucks before perusing store exclusives from Rag & Bone and Band of Outsiders. Pas de Deux carries some of those same lines for women, but we recommend bee-lining to the Phillip Lim dresses as well as Karen Walker's awesome sunglasses.
Now head south to 7th Street and some slightly more manageable prices on gently used designer resale at Tokio 7's spacious new digs. It's worth committing some time to a good search—we've spotted pieces by Thom Browne, Marc Jacobs and Dolce & Gabbana in there.
Who's thirsty? We certainly are. Off to the Bowery for a $3 beer (Sundays only) and a bathroom break at classic sports pub Phebe's. Sit in the window and people watch as you restore your buzz. Then get going, it's sale time! Ladies first: you're only two blocks away from a Tashkent by Cheyenne sample sale for summery shoes by the local, indie designer. After that, head a bit further east to The New World Order—an impeccably-merchandised designer vintage concept shop—for big discounts on big names like Lanvin, Givenchy, and Balenciaga. Finally, cross Houston, another sample sale awaits. This one for Annie Havlicek's '20s-inspired cocktail gear.
Guys, stop yawning, now it's your turn. A few blocks south your sample sale awaits. It's for Antonio Azzuolo's and it's boasting some major markdowns on the line's signature tweaked traditional tailoring. Shirts and shorts—they're $100 and under.
And now it's time to relax and celebrate all your new treasures—be they samples, vintage, or just a bit of Prada someone had to sell off to pay their rent (or go Drunk Shopping). The Magician is a mere two blocks north and even if you miss the Happy Hour (you shouldn't) the drinks are dirt cheap and there are usually bits of salty Asian snacks to nibble on. Free dinner!
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Collabs: Odin and Duckie Brown Launch Edward [Racked NY]
· RackedWire: Tokio 7's Shiny New Space [Racked NY]
· NYC Sales: Tashkent by Cheyenne [Refinery 29]
· Dealfeed: The New World Order [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Annie Havlicek [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Antonio Azzuolo [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]