Inside the Pop Up Flea

 

Along with a slew of discerning men, we checked out the goods at the much-buzzed-about Pop Up Flea—the temporary market of menswear and oddities curated by A Continuous Lean's Michael Williams and Urban Daddy's Randy Goldberg. Whether it was emerging brands or vintage finds, craftsmanship was key. Billykirk's Chris and Kirk Bray set up a small workshop and Hickey's Aaron Levine, the co-designer for new hat brand Hattan, summed up the Flea and its atmosphere as "people doing it for the love of the game." Asked about the genesis of the event, Williams admitted flirting with the idea of opening a store but time demands had prevented any concerted endeavor. After conversations with Goldberg revealed similar ambitions, the pair decided to open their vision of the perfect shop in New York City ... if only for a weekend. - James Valetin







A look at the Billykirk workshop, equipped to customize cuffs and card cases; shoppers could elect their choice of leather, snaps, waxed cording and buckles, and finish with a personalized monogram.


The Billykirk bench with soon-to-be card cases, $85 each at Billykirk.


Designers Ian Velardi (left) and Aaron Levine, behind the new line of hand sewn, 1940s style baseball caps, selling at Bergdorf Goodman this fall.


In a perfect summer shade of orange seersucker, the hat's refined details (bone buttons top the crown), make it an adult alternative to your college ball cap. Did we mention it's handmade in the USA? $90 by Hattan.


A collaboration between 3sixteen and Quoddy Trail resulted in this boat shoe/chukka hybrid. The shoes are made from leather flipped inside out to give it the look and feel of suede. $345, available July 15 at 3sixteen.


Many of the items in the well-curated selection, from Alexander Olch ties and Gitman Bros. Vintage shirts were available at deep discounts during the event.


These vintage canteens in a variety of shapes and prints are a hell of a lot more stylish than your average Nalgene bottle. $18 to $38, at Eleven Vintage.


A Baracuta-style jacket in steel blue seersucker from the venerable Scottish rainwear purveyor, Mackintosh. On sale for $218, at C'H'C'M'.


The overflowing table of vintage goods from Jay Carroll's One Trip Pass.