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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.
Oh my goodness! You might not know this, but there's a Steven Alan sample sale going on right now! This is major news, people! And to celebrate we're taking our weekend Drunk Shopping jaunt to Tribeca for the very first time! So let's play fancy and be classy and start the day off like fancy, classy Tribeca people at Locanda Verde for a brunch of Campari cocktails, crostini, house-made pastries, and Italian riffs on brunch standards (like polenta in your waffles, ricotta in your pancakes, and mortadella in your bloody mary). You're going to want to try everything on the menu, so we recommend ordering a bunch and sharing before moving on to continue playing fancy, classy Tribeca people in a retail environment.
Head south to Franklin and travel east. First stop: 8.15 August Fifteenth. The newly-opened basement space is home to Kazushi Ota's label of smart, tailored, vaguely-utilitarian clothing for both men and women.
Hey—another designer who does stuff like that is Steven Alan. Let's go there next! Follow Franklin east and hit the sale: Browse the shirting (aka the backbone of the label), as well as pants, dresses, totes, ties, a lot of winter wear, and offerings from other labels including Rogan, Gilded Age, and Sunshine & Shadow. Prices are up to 70% off retail so expect to buy—which is fine because you're fancy and classy. Now, for comparison's sake visit Steven Alan's Tribeca boutique just further east to scope out what future sales may hold; then go around the corner to J.Crew's Liquor Store for comparable looking menswear at prices comparable to Steven Alan on sale (plus special denim).
Who's thirsty? Dumb question. Head north—well-worn and rickety, the Nancy Whisky Pub is calling (though it may knock you down a few fancy/classy pegs). Pitchers of beer top out at $16 so pull up a stool and rest (or whet) that weary soul. Then hit the restroom, we're moving on.
It's kind of a haul back south to our final shopping destination—Century 21. So, on the way there, make a stop at Adeline Adeline. A reaction to the intensity of New York bike culture, the brand new shop stocks cute bikes and cute bike accessories for the casual lady biker. Cute! Then, finally, it's Century 21. Yes, the tourists, the hassle, it's a mess. But: Who cares? You're wasted. Just go in there like you own the place (fancy and classy) and rape and pillage the European designer racks—you might find some Margiela or Viktor & Rolf to bring home.
Century 21 is consistently exhausting, even when you haven't been trucking from shop to shop for hours on end, fueled only by domestic beer pitchers and lust for new clothes. So treat yourself to relatively cheap outdoor drinking and often hysterical people-watching at the South Street Seaport. Hey—it's almost June, frozen drinks are calling (and so is American Express).
Enjoy! And please do share your Drunk Shopping tips, tales, and war stories in the comments!
· 8.15 August Fifteenth Throws Open Its Basement Doors To Shoppers [Racked NY]
· Dealfeed: Steven Alan [Racked NY]
· Adeline Adeline Brings Cute, Functional Bikes to Tribeca's Ladies [Racked NY]
· All Century 21 Coverage [Racked NY]
· Drunk Shopping [Racked NY]