Monday, June 9, 2014

Pop Up Flea's visit to Detroit


Pop Up Flea, the semi-regular market popular with the #menswear followers in New York, came to Michigan over the weekend for a much-hyped visit to Detroit.

Hosted by The Detroit Mercantile Co., a very cool purveyor of new and vintage goods located in the outer precincts of Eastern Market, it featured brands curated — and presumably represented — by Michael Williams, the propitiator of both A Continuous Lean and a New York-based P.R. firm.

While a bit smaller than expected, Pop Up Flea was a cool experience for the discerning Michigander who likely hasn't seen these brands unless they have traveled to New York. One disappointment, however, was the lack of Vernors ginger ale, Detroit's hometown pop, and several missing brands such as Detroit Denim and 1701 Bespoke.

Among the brands that stood out were made in America jeans from Noble Denim and Billykirk (see pictures below), a leather goods maker with prices more affordable than one might otherwise think.

As expected, Detroit's own Shinola was present with its soon-to-be launched Willys store concept, which will carry a carefully curated collection of clothing and accessories from brands that otherwise cannot be found in the Wolverine State.

Willy's is particular important, as it will be the only clothing store in downtown Detroit, outside of the Jos. A. Bank store in the Renaissance Center.

It’s unknown if Pop Up Flea was financially successive for those behind it, but one can only hope it becomes a mainstay going forward.

Pictured above: Denim jeans worn with suede loafers or moccasins sans socks was a popular look at the first-ever Detroit Pop Up Flea.

Pictured above: Leather goods from Billykirk on display.

Pictured above: The Noble boutique at Pop Up Flea.

Pictured above: Curated goods from Willys, a soon-to-be launched store from Shinola. 

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