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Five Brands to Catch at the GQ x Northern Grade Pop-Up

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GQ's partnership with Northern Grade—a pop-up market for American-made goods—is coming to the PowerHouse ARENA in Dumbo this weekend. Menswear designers, music, food, and booze are all a part of the festivities. In anticipation, we've profiled five brands you won't want to miss at the pop-up shop, ranging from contemporary San Francisco-based shirtmakers to a company with over 100 years of experience making seersucker suits. See who they are and what they're selling after the jump.—Mikelle Street

Billy Reid
Who he is: Over the course of his designer career, Billy Reid has racked up a handful of awards from the CFDA and the Vogue Fashion Fund. His home-base is all the way down in Florence, Alabama, and he's collaborated with big-name brands like Coach and K-Swiss.

What he's selling: This weekend, expect to see modern, quality investment pieces with a southern-influence. In addition to the Tennessee-produced, limited edition stadium blanket that was made as a GQ x Northern Grade exclusive, jackets ($295-$1,595), shirts ($185-$245), bags ($375-$795) and suiting ($995-$1495) will all be available. Standouts include a multi-colored Brewton popover for $245, as well as the perfect black distressed lambskin Weekender Bag.

Haspel
Who they are: Coming up on your 105th year in the business is a testament to staying power. Having pioneered the seersucker suit, Haspel's bread-and-butter now are men's sportswear and stretch fabrics integrated into suits.

What they're selling: Great seersucker suits aren't the only thing that'll fill their space. Full suits will run you anywhere from $895 to $995, jackets are priced around $595 and $695, and trousers come in at $275. Shirts will be priced between $195 and $225, and great colored chinos are $195.

Fellow Barber
Who they are: The Brooklyn-based demand for haircuts by Sam Buffa and the Fellow Barber team was so high, the company is already about to embark on its third partnership of the year.

What they're selling: Buffa explains: "Fellow Barber will offer complimentary grooming services and an exclusive selection of products for sale, which I think will complement the menswear offerings at the event." That's right: beard trims and hair cuts are free dollars. (The candles above are $60.)


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Taylor Stitch
Who they are: Based out of San Francisco, Taylor Stitch are shirt makers first and foremost. Known for their Wednesday-weekly drops, the brand keeps production of their ready-to-wear line—both men's and women's—in California, while shirts from their custom line come from New Jersey. Founded in 2008 by Barrett Purdum, Mike Maher, and Mike Armenta, the company has teamed up with the likes of Banana Republic and Dwell Magazine.

What they're selling: Expect indigo basics like tees, sweatshirts, and sweatpants from $45to $85, as well as selvage denim for $145 and button-downs for $128. "We have spent the last few months honing the fit and construction of our basics," said Purdum. "Taking into account fit, quality, and cost, we're confident they are the greatest value in domestic made basics out there. Period." One must-have is the Army Twill Telegraph Jacket in navy for $198.

Fischer Clothing
Who she is: Founded in 2010, Kristina Angelozzi might have a little bit of a home court advantage at the market with her brand Fischer. Based in Greenpoint, the designer has her finger on the pulse of what locals want. She says, "I'm thrilled to participate in the latest installment of Northern Grade—their events are always top-notch, and the brands involved turn out the best American made goods you can find. I'm equally excited to meet some of the other folks participating."

What she's selling: Tried and true, casual shirting. One mixed-print shirt in particular is a GQ x Northern Grade collaboration exclusive. Prices for clothing range from $130 to $150, and on the lower end, accessories like pocket squares start at $16 and neckties and scarves top out at $60.
· GQ and Northern Grade Team Up for a Menswear Market [Racked NY]

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