Tucked away in an alley in Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood (a very fashionable part of town I might add) is the newish Levi’s Vintage Clothing store — one of the few places in the world that you can get all eight archival variations of the Levi’s 501 and a huge selection of the other normally reclusive LVC goods. This Levi’s Vintage Clothing store in Tokyo closely resembles the Cinch store I checked out in London this past spring, though the store in Japan is much much bigger. It has been a little more than a year since Maurizio Donadi was brought in to help reorganize the Levi’s premium business and these new LVC retail outposts are a clear reflection of Maurizio’s vision. Before Donadi was in the picture, LVC was sort of stuck in limbo between the Levi’s labyrinth of different offerings and retail stores. These days the collection is much more accessible (in terms of consumers being able to find the product), but the goods still carry a significant price tag. Though, I should say it is an understandable price structure given all that goes into the development and production (made in USA, etc) of the product.
Just a quick note of thanks to everyone that came by the Pop Up Flea. It was a helluva good time for all involved. I want to also send a big thank you to Randy Goldberg, a truly great partner and a man among boys. The event would be nothing without Randy’s smarts, humor and good nature. Goldberg is everything I want to be when I grow up.
Before we get back to our regularly scheduled programming I wanted to post some photos from the weekend. I hope you enjoy.
Everything kicks off today at 3pm and runs through the weekend. Stop by tonight for a beer and some quality menswear. Follow the action live on Twitter @Pop_Up_Flea
There’s no denying that I have a love of hyperbole, but J’Antiques in Tokyo is definitely one the of the top vintage stores in the world if not the greatest. Just look at the photos — no exxageration needed. This past summer I met the owners (and took their photos) at Brimfield and later when I was making my travel plans to Tokyo I knew I had to make the trip over to Nakameguro to see the store. Needless to say, It was worth the trip. I even lucked out that co-owner Hitoshi Uchida (the gent pictured below) was around to chat and he was kind enough to let me take photos of the store.
It’s that time of year again, time for the Pop Up Flea in New York. Let this be the official announcement of the line up, dates and other pertinent information. The third incarnation of the Pop Up Flea should prove to be the best one yet — a menswear gathering with all sorts of good people involved. Our (Randy Goldberg and myself) goal was to make the best men’s shop in NYC for a weekend. The event is only part flea market (vendors take up booth space and manage their own shop) and is only part pop up shop. Most of the items sold are new, but we also have several vintage dealers with a variety of quality used stuff. Over the weekend long meeting-of-the-menswear-minds there will be a great selection from a lot of cool brands and a bunch of exclusive items. We will also have a group of our favorite designers on hand for everyone to meet. All in all it should be a lot of fun for everyone involved.
The Pop Up Flea: Friday November 19th (3-9pm), Saturday the 20th (11am-7pm) and Sunday the 21st (11am-6pm)
Openhouse Gallery at 201 Mulberry Street (btw Spring and Kenmare) NYC
Vendors include: Oak Street Bootmakers, J.W Hulme, Levi’s Vintage Clothing, L.L. Bean Signature, Smith + Butler, Tellason, Billykirk, Aether, Tanner Goods, Scout Original, Wooden Sleepers, Riviera Club, Alexander Olch, Gant, Oliver Spencer, The Hill-Side / Hickoree’s Hard Goods, Grown & Sewn, Stanley & Sons, J.Crew, Gitman Brothers Vintage, Schott NYC, Digby & Iona, Alexander West, Leather Head / Lemon Ball + a few other surprises.
Stay tuned for more details here. Also, follow @Pop_Up_Flea on Twitter.
The quest for the ultimate American burger mandated a stop at King’s Place in Miesville, Minnesota a wonderful destination for burger enjoyment. King’s Place is a classic Midwestern bar and grill situated amongst the corn fields of Minnesota. While the burgers aren’t huge (in fact they are quite manageable) the variety is overwhelmingly awesome. King’s offers 53 different burger varietals including everything from bacon to mayo to avocado to peanut butter — everything you could ever want. Some of the more exotic menu options have a note next to them where the folks at King’s nudge you to “trust us” and go for it. After my visit, that is definitely the play at King’s. Get one safe burger and one adventurous option that you won’t have anywhere else. Wash em down with a Mr. Pibb (no Dr. Pepper) or a couple of cold ones and you are all set. Long live King’s Place and long live the great American burger.
A note of housekeeping, ACL will be in Tokyo all week for a little work and a little fun (and for sushi shaped donuts, naturally). Accordingly, the site will be on light duty and posting may be sporadic. Your patience is appreciated. Keep an eye on the ACL Twitter feed if you want to follow the action live.