The Pop-Up Flea, a temporary menswear market co-curated by the blog A Continuous Lean, opened at 4pm today in Nolita, and by 5 it was already filling up with fashionable men. A certain old-fashioned all-American aesthetic prevails across the vendors. Ohio Knitting Mills, for example, is selling the vintage backstock from a old factory the owner recently bought in Cleveland. He plans to produce his own 50's-style sweaters and 70's-style blankets as soon as he gets the machines in order. Meanwhile, both 3sixteen and Billykirk have the kind of sturdy bags you hold in your hand, like doctor's cases or electrician's totes. Billykirk is also selling custom custom business-card holders and leather cuffs—$95 each, and done while you watch.
There's a wide variety of shirts, including ones that Gitman recreated from a 1982 fabrics book ($100 for short sleeves, $120 for long.) Nolita store Eleven has their new line of house-made shirts for $98, down from the usual price of $200. And Alexander West, who says his goal is to make custom shirts affordable, is selling three button-downs for under $100 (though his cufflinks were more than that.)
As for accessories, you'll find $330 moccasins from 3sixteen and $95 colorful hats from Hattan, which Bergdorf Goodman will start to carry this fall. One Trip Pass has a table full of vintage geegaws like magazines and posters, and Eleven was also selling plastic keys from old motels—a very popular item. Also popular: The food, from Café Select. There were brownies there, people. Brownies! That never happens at women's pop-up shops