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.
Um, have you people seen this weather? It's life-affirming. And it's here to stay for the weekend, which just makes Drunk Shopping even better. This time around we're going to hit up Soho's west side. We'll enjoy the river, spend some cash, and soak up the sun—and a lot of other stuff. Start out at Dizzy Izzy's New York Bagels and order yourselves a sack of hangover-curing carbs laden with cheese or eggs or lox (or all three!) Just make sure to pick up some fresh-squeezed juice and stash one of those cute pint-sized bottles of vodka in your pocketbook; cocktails are going to make brunch on the Hudson River Greenway that much nicer. If you aren't already prepared with a bottle, may we suggest Soho Wines & Spirits on West Broadway?
Sitting in the grass and gawking at all the people who think it's OK to wear flip flops and tank tops in April is a delight, but make it snappy. There are a lot of shopping opportunities coming up. Meander your way back to Prince Street and head east. A new custom belt shop called Badichi just opened its doors. Pick out your belt and the buckle of your choice, get yourself measured, and in a matter of minutes you'll be leaving with the belt you've been dreaming of. They start at $60.
On to the next stop: Apple. Point at all the Nerd Alerts waiting in line for the new iMaxi—er, iPad, or check your email, or (whatever, you're a little drunk) buy something. Then get out of there and travel further east before hanging a right on Crosby. Industries Stationery is closing its doors—pick up diaries, notebooks, cards and other high-end papery sundries you'll probably never use at up to 70% off.
Uh-oh, that vodka pint is bone dry. Back to Gatsby's on Spring for their weekend all-day happy hour. House a few $3 beers and visit that restroom—just keep it moving, we don't have all day. Once outside, double back on Spring before heading south on Greene for the Kiki de Montparnasse sample sale. Stock up on too-high-end-to-be-porny lingerie, beauty bits, and candles. Past season merchandise is 75% off and current goods are 20% off—that's a whole lot of garters. Right around the corner is the brand new New York outpost for Jérôme Dreyfuss's collection of very hip, very French handbags. The shop has sort of a hundred-year-old-Manhattan-furrier-meets-Palm-Springs atmosphere and, more importantly, features a number of Soho exclusives.
Next on the agenda is Reiss for almost-luxurious, almost-trendy business basics. The spring merchandise is out in full force, so try on everything and note your favorites. If you still want any of it when you come to later, hop on over to their website and use promotional code USA10 to receive 10% off your total purchase through Monday. Finally, it's back to the river. Aloha Rag isn't launching their private label collection of menswear basics until Monday, but those Thakoon collaboration cardigans are ripe for the picking and who doesn't like plaid?
Well, that was exhausting. Time for a drink! Fortunately you're mere steps away from the Emerald Pub, a pretension-free and often fairly quiet beer bar offering $5 20-ounce draughts and standard bar fare of the often-fried variety. Toast to new garters, not getting arrested while making cocktails on the street, whatever the iPad is, and the joy and wonder that is Drunk Shopping.
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· Badichi Store Opens In NYC [The Fabulous Report]
· The Calm Before The iPad, At Apple Fifth Avenue [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Industries Stationery [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Kiki de Montparnasse [Racked NY]
· The Frenchification Of Broome Begins With Jérôme Dreyfuss [Racked NY]
· Reiss [Official Site]
· Say Aloha To Thakoon's Debut Menswear For Aloha Rag [Racked]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]