It’s a Wrap | Pop-Up Flea Part II

It has taken me this long to get back in the saddle and post a recap of the second Pop-Up Flea. It was really exciting to see everyone come through and to see people excited about picking up some new gear. A big thanks to my partner in the endeavor Mr. Randy Goldberg for all of his hard work.

I also want to thank all of the vendors for participating. Gitman Bros. Vintage, Hickoree’s Hard Goods, Billykirk, J.Crew, Jack Spade, Alexander West, Farinelli’s, Epaulet, Alexander Olch, Ohio Knitting Mills, Tanner Goods, Tellason, Michael Andrews Bespoke, C’H’C’M, Schott NYC, Sit and Read Furniture, No Mas, Digby & Iona and Amass.

Finally, appreciate all of the coverage for the event. Check out: Racked, Selectism, Cool Hunting, Uncrate, Design Obvserver, Put This On, Valet, All Plaid Out, Secret Forts (twice), What I Saw Today, New York Magazine and others (sorry if I missed people).

With the dust settled on another successful event, I will say that Mr. Goldberg and I are taking a serious look at a new city for Pop-Up Flea III in the coming spring. Can you guess?







Comments on “It’s a Wrap | Pop-Up Flea Part II

    David G. on November 24, 2009 6:49 PM:

    Glad to hear it went so well! Wished I could’ve been there…had it only been in December. I’m going to guess the next one is in SF, in which case I’ll try to coordinate my yearly visit there with when you set up shop.

    Greg on November 24, 2009 7:02 PM:

    I’ll go ahead and guess that it’ll be in Nashville next year. Set it up on 12 South or East Nashville, have Justin Townes Earle come out and play, beer by Yazoo, should be perfect.

    Timothy Choi on November 24, 2009 7:29 PM:

    Michael and Paul,

    It was great meeting you both. I’m really excited about busting out the Mcnairy boots and am looking foward to the next pop up.

    A Treasury of... on November 24, 2009 7:41 PM:

    Looks really cool again.

    Next time someone should shoot video and make a mini-movie of all the fine-looking fun!

    Michael Williams on November 24, 2009 8:12 PM:

    Just want to remind all of the shit talkers that this is not Style Forum and at the end of the day I get to approve the comments.

    Chens on November 24, 2009 8:53 PM:

    A cool and innovative event, MW, and a pleasure to finally meet you.

    Remember: You’re nobody until somebody hates you.

    Jordan on November 24, 2009 8:57 PM:


    When LA? When, dear god, LA?


    Greg on November 24, 2009 9:53 PM:

    I wish you guys would hold this more often. I always seem to be away and miss them.

    Nunya on November 24, 2009 11:06 PM:

    Who makes the boots?

    ithyle on November 24, 2009 11:10 PM:

    LA! LA! LA! LA!

    Danny Daily on November 24, 2009 11:23 PM:

    An amazing event! Congrats on all of your hard work.

    Cecilia on November 24, 2009 11:27 PM:

    The event looked great!

    Nick on November 24, 2009 11:36 PM:

    Hey, looks great — I wish I could have been there, and best of luck with the online application. I could def go for some of the olive-drab lace ups.

    Did people lobby to be involved with this, or did you just select them?

    Ryan on November 25, 2009 12:19 AM:

    Congrats Mr. Williams,
    Looked like it was very nicely done over all, unsurprisingly.


    Michael B. on November 25, 2009 1:05 AM:

    I’m guessing your next one won’t be in Boston. ;)

    Bykenyan on November 25, 2009 1:05 AM:

    Looks amazing from the pic’s…

    I see you got a flag…funny I have that size! I remember falling off my chair reading you wanting a 100 footer..heheheheheee!

    I’m looking forward for the next one…


    Michael Williams on November 25, 2009 1:08 AM:

    Kenyan — some guy promised he would get us a massive flag but bailed at the last minute and I had to take mine from my apartment and hang it up there! ha

    damien on November 25, 2009 2:15 AM:

    L.A would really have to be the most logical choice. See you in Spring 2010! :)

    Fritz on November 25, 2009 2:58 AM:

    Denver?! You know we’re more than snow here.

    davidH on November 25, 2009 3:09 AM:

    anywhere in SoCal would be awesome

    garciamadrid on November 25, 2009 5:02 AM:

    if I go next year to NY I think to go
    I promese. It´s a great discover of brands

    Tom on November 25, 2009 6:36 AM:

    Looks sweet, so I guess you really should have the next one in London… UK!

    bykenyan on November 25, 2009 8:42 AM:


    Now I feel HORRIBLE..!

    You around today Ole Chap…? I have your Goods.


    Neil Fenton on November 25, 2009 9:07 AM:

    Michael, pleasure meeting you. Enjoying my new new boots, thank you.

    Donald on November 25, 2009 10:02 AM:


    bykenyan on November 25, 2009 10:22 AM:

    Warwick NY

    A on November 25, 2009 10:33 AM:

    go to Nashville and cash in.

    sam on November 25, 2009 11:02 AM:

    i went on saturday. you definitely got the sense that this ‘scene’ is growing and it felt good.

    pros: kirk bray…super nice guy, seeing some of the people you only check out over the interweb, supporting small labels directly.

    cons: kinda creepy seeing every guy look over each other and assess where you got yr shirt or yr boots.

    Dave on November 25, 2009 11:45 AM:

    Looks like it went incredibly well – choked that I couldn’t attend. Where did those boots come from? The ones under the table.


    Chris Bryer on November 25, 2009 11:46 AM:

    Hey Michael!

    When will you have a PUF when I am in town already? I keep missing them.

    Chris on November 25, 2009 12:34 PM:

    Speaking of American flags, the Ace Hotel on 29th has one of the biggest ones I ever seen.

    Keith on November 25, 2009 12:43 PM:

    It looks amazing. I wish I could have been there. Take care. Happy Thanksgiving.

    tyler on November 25, 2009 1:31 PM:

    I could only afford the free beer, but still had a blast. Thanks.

    Randy on November 25, 2009 3:14 PM:

    some good guesses in there. all will be revealed in due time….

    love the bmore call, donald! that’s my hometown. but i can confirm that pop up flea will not be hitting charm city anytime soon…

    thanks to all the vendors and supporters who came out. great times!


    John Dark on November 25, 2009 3:18 PM:

    I’ll kindly invite you to San Francisco for the next one.

    Pierrepont on November 25, 2009 3:44 PM:

    I’m gonna guess: somewhere in Ohio… or Michigan.

    donald on November 25, 2009 4:46 PM:

    Hoping the next one is in Boston!
    looks amazing, wish i could have made it (only 4 hours away!)
    I’m actually heading to NYC this Saturday. any good places i should visit?


    danny on November 25, 2009 5:54 PM:

    DC, it is easily accessible to many other cities, there are lots of people with a fair amount of money, and we could use the help.

    Steve on November 25, 2009 6:08 PM:

    I also recommend Los Angeles. True enough, LA is better known for Ed Hardy and starlets in sequined denim ambling down Robertson Blvd., but this is also a city of cowboys, motorcycles, mopeds, Raymond Chandler, (and Mister Freedom)!

    Ref Lib on November 25, 2009 6:41 PM:

    Take it to Detroit.

    Daniel Heard on November 25, 2009 7:34 PM:

    I be the third needy person to ask about those amazing boots. It looks like they are at the J.Crew section, but there’s nothing like them on their website. Are they a collab or event exclusive?

    Rick Escueta on November 25, 2009 7:56 PM:

    I’m holding out hope for L.A., too. Our sprawling city could use an event like this. Fingers crossed…

    CJD on November 25, 2009 9:02 PM:

    The boots are a J Crew collaboration with Alden that are only available through the Liquor Store location in NYC. I used to work with Max (the b-boy stanced one) at J Crew in Minnesota.

    CJD on November 26, 2009 12:18 PM:

    Correction, boots not collaboration. Just vintage boots that have been collected and they were offering.

    Philip on November 26, 2009 1:15 PM:

    Does anyone know where I can get a safari jacket like the one in the second picture? It looks a little like the filson one.

    ray on November 26, 2009 1:42 PM:

    billykirk was great to see live and those olch ties are kick ass, thanks!

    Michael Williams on November 26, 2009 11:11 PM:

    One option for the Safari jacket would be FM Allen…

    Harvey Patton on November 26, 2009 11:43 PM:

    Super cool. Don’t get many opps like that here in Louisiana. Let me know if the cool subway signs are still available. And if the J. Crew folks need some folding money let ’em know that I’m a taker on that cool shirt fixture too!


    Derrick on November 27, 2009 2:52 PM:

    hey mw, it was so nice to meet you at the pop up flea. me and my brother were in heaven. all ov the vendors were extremely nice and passionate about their products. listening to the owner of tellason speak so knowledgably and passionately about his jeans; watching the boys of billykirk set up shop and do what they do; having the guy from epaulet explain to me the intricacies of their exclusive leather soled indy boot(my favorite item i saw, though your desert boots were a very very close second); talking to the people at michael andrews about the way they rope the shoulders on their jackets. just an amazing experience and i think it’s long overdue that the admirers and customers of these products had a forum to talk with these guys. bravo, mw and all who helped.

    Veronika on November 28, 2009 5:47 AM:

    I wish I were there. It looks like you’ve created something really amazing.

    Brad on November 28, 2009 7:02 PM:

    I wish I could be there.

    Do you know of anything like this in Toronto?

    RJ on November 30, 2009 9:35 AM:


    Klaxon Howl in T.O.

    STONER on December 2, 2009 10:20 AM:

    Though L.A. seriously needs the help, I’m gonna guess FRISCO, son…

    Bart Boehlert on December 8, 2009 6:16 PM:

    Hi Michael,
    It was great to meet you at the Pop-up Flea – I really enjoyed my visit and you can read about it here:


    mordechai on December 13, 2009 12:06 PM:

    i thought i was a vendor. couldve sworn i was there. Thanks for having me Michael and Randy

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