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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.
The Rebecca Minkoff sale is upon us! Those of you who are less familiar with the New York-based designer—best known for her coveted, colorful leather handbags—might be surprised that this particular event is one of the most anticipated on our sample sale calendar. Basically, women go absolutely nuts and it's not unusual to see very long lines populated by Minkheads weighed down by a half dozen handbags (dangling from each arm).
This sale can get so frenzied that we can't in good conscience send you in there drunk—though you might need a drink once you're done. So for brunch, may we suggest City Bakery? No, there are no drinks, but there are the outrageous cookies City Bakery is known for, as well as a pretzel croissant that we can't even explain to you in mere words. There's, like, actual food, too, but as good as it is, it will just have to take a back seat to those pretzel croissants.
Your first stop is obviously the sale. Give yourself some time—the space is nearly warehouse-sized and it is stocked with a litany of bags that start as low as around $100. You'll also see Minkoff's other signature pieces: Shoes in a range of sizes, little leather accessories to place inside each bag, even two racks of colorful clothing.
Now, you're in Flatiron/Gramercy, so from there we suggest a few stops along the Fifth Avenue/Broadway Mall. For one, Madewell just opened. And in celebration of the hipster-bohemian wares that inspire the hipster-bohemian brand, there's a specialty pop-up within the cavernous shop. Look for bloggy, buzzy, Brooklyn-centric buyables including chocolate by Mast Brothers, jewelry by Erie Basin and pottery from Love Adorned. Who says you can't buy cool?
Speaking of J.Crew (Madewell is the Crew's liberal arts hipster offspring and all), their Flatiron shop is newly reopened after an impressive renovation and expansion. Check out an expanded women's department, a brand new section just for the kiddies, and a third-level men's store with a dedicated shoe section.
Now, like we said, you're already right in the middle of New York City's best unofficial mall. We recommend some serious perusing: Club Monaco, Zara, Coach, Kate Spade, the Gap, Banana Republic, H + M, Lucky Brand Jeans, Paul Smith (one of these is not like the others)—can't you just hear them all beckoning? We can.
When you're done, it's time to make up for the lack of booze at breakfast. A few avenues east you'll find McSwiggans. Yes, it's a little bro-y, but happy hour starts at 4pm each and every day. And a McSwiggans happy hour is a $3-well-drinks-and-Bud-pints happy hour. Live a little.
· Dealfeed: Rebecca Minkoff [Racked NY]
· A Closer Look at Madewell's Tribute to Local Stores [Racked NY]
· The Flatiron J.Crew: Now Bigger and Better [Racked NY]
· All Drunk Shopping posts [Racked NY]