This December, yearly “short-term store for long-term goods” Pop Up Flea returns to New York City after making its rounds in cities across the world including Tokyo, Austin, and Los Angeles. With its mix of up-and-coming brands and established names, the event has been a hit in past years and is sure to draw a crowd this winter.


Founded in 2009, Pop Up Flea prides itself on gathering menswear brands with great craftsmanship into one space where shoppers can enjoy everything from accessories to clothing to food and drink and even haircuts (courtesy of Fellow Barber). While the businesses are diverse, they are all marked by a commitment to quality.


Newer additions to the Pop Up Flea lineup include Buaisou, whose bandanas and bags are dyed using traditional Japanese techniques uncommon in the mass-produced market, and Allied Maker, a lighting and design studio from Long Island that creates modern and subtle fixtures for the aesthetically forward home.




Those newcomers join Pop Up Flea veterans like 3Sixteen. Founded in Manhattan more than a decade ago, the denim manufacturer has been offering garments made of custom fabrics developed collaboratively with the prestigious Kuroki Mills since the vintage denim craze was in its formative years, and was a centerpiece at the very first Pop Up Flea seven years ago. Expect to see the retired, beautifully worn-in pair of black jeans that the company showcases at each year’s event, and to try on a new pair in their portable changing room with walls of selvage denim.


Oak Street Bootmakers will also almost certainly be returning with their painstakingly crafted and widely hailed Trench Boots and loafers. The Chicago-based manufacturer sources its leather from the famed Horween Leather Company (also located in Chicago) and peddles its various styles in a myriad different colors and materials, including the legendary Chromexcel pull-up leather.


The exact date and location have yet to be announced, but if past years are any indication then the store will open downtown for one weekend in December. Though that might seem like plenty of time, the staggering number of merchants, the inevitable rush of shoppers, and the fact that the venue is only open for a few hours each day mean that visitors should plan their schedules around the event and waste no time once they arrive. The event is, after all, a pop-up, and while the goods might last a lifetime, the inventory in stock surely will not.


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