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Bikes, leather, denim & Americana: A Visit to the Pop Up Flea

This weekend was the 5th annual Pop Up Flea, an exhibition of new and vintage menswear goods and furnishings curated by Michael Williams (of “A Continuous Lean” and Paul+Williams) and Randy Goldberg (of Urban Daddy, http://getkempt.com and http://driven.com. It was my first time attending, and I was thoroughly impressed (but not surprised) with the collection of brands there. The range of stuff there was fantastic, as you could see and purchase everything from vintage Gant button-downs to mid-century vintage Omega and Rolex watches.

Vintage Gant button down shirts.

Leather, denim and classic Americana-type goods and trinkets stole the show, but my real takeaway was the sense of community present at the exhibition. Yes every brand there was peddling different and unique goods, but I got the sense that very few of them were actually all that interested in peddling. The marketplace allowed fans and customers to connect with the people behind their favorite brands, an opportunity that was duly appreciated by both parties. For many of the brands, it was just a place for them to show off some cool stuff and talk shop with people of a similar mindset.

Man of the World, a retro-inspired and uber stylish men’s lifestyle magazine caught my attention right out of the gates. Their space boasted mid-century furniture, Pendleton woolen blankets and throws, various pieces of “Native Americana,” an amazing wooden Johnnie Walker sign, a curated collection of vintage watches, vintage barware, axes from Best Made Co., and brightly colored bicycles.

Vintage BarWare at Pop Up Flea

Best Made Co. Axes at Pop Up Flea

In leather goods, our friends at Lotuff (Made in Norwalk, CT) had their gorgeous and buttery soft bags on display, while Tanner Goods (Made in Portland) offered customizable belts at their booth.

Lotuff Leather at Pop Up Flea

I stopped by BILLYKIRK’s table (Made in Jersey City), makers of leather and canvas goods. I was able to chat briefly with the guys, brothers Chris and Kirk Bray, and discuss their line of bags and small leather accessories. I even had them hand stamp a monogramed tag for my keys while I was there.

BillyKirk At Pop Up Flea

I thought that Deux Ex Machina had the motorcycle lovers covered, until I ventured upstairs to see Levi Vintage Clothing’s private exhibit “The Biker,” which displayed hand painted motorcycle jackets and other artifacts of the open road.

Levi Vintage Clothing’s The Bikeriders

If the law doesn’t get them, popularity will and that is a much more dangerous enemy.
-Danny Lyon, 1966

I also got a chance to talk with Andrew Payne of General Knot, an extremely talented designer of hand-made ties and all around great guy. Although it has only been around for about two years, Payne’s vintage inspired collection of neckwear and pocket squares have garnered a lot of well-deserved buzz and receive quite a bit of admiration around here.

 

All of the brands that were there are worth checking out, as they are well designed, well constructed and overall very cool.

Kudos to Michael and Randy for an excellent job curating such a great collection of brands and bringing the people behind them together. Pop-Up Flea is officially an annual tradition.

For more photos, and a complete list of exhibitors, see below.

 

Alexander Olch Ties at Pop Up Flea

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