Those of us mainstays in D.C. remember Union Market as the "Fish Market in Trinidad". Let's just say they didn't make a big enough can of Febreze. It didn’t matter if you had A/C or not, windows up was the rule driving past there. Sure there are a few sketchy turns along the way, but follow the bread crumbs of construction cranes, and luxury high-rise dwellings and you will find a diamond in the rough. The fishy aroma dissipated. So wind your windows down. Hell, you can safely get out your car now and play a game of corn hole or even catch a movie on the wide screen. In the 60's sales of meats and eggs were banned from the market. Now you can have a whole meal cooked for you. Quench your thirst at Goshen Juice Bar or just feast on the beautiful faces that grace the market daily. This time we were there for our viewing pleasure. Lured in by Northern Grade with a hand pick selection of made in America brands. Ranging from men's wear, women's wear, dog wear, and a plethora of accessories. We made allot of new friends and reconnected with some old friends via Liberty Fairs (see S&R, Custom Lifestyle, Krammer & Stoudt)
|Melvin Johnson of New Ground and Associates (NG&A)
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Upon arrival to the show, we noticed the front door's interior slathered with artwork belonging to Shane Garron aka BReady. Tony is an avid fan of the arts, and budding collector so he instantaneously struck up the conversation with Shane. It turns out that they follow each other on Instagram!
Shane Garron (B.REady) the artist
After making our way past Shane we saw our Philly by way of Chester PA brethren: Hamid Holloman of Custom Lifestyle, Tawfeeq of Search and Rescue Squad, Najees Clarke of Clarke Brewed Coffee (formerly Cool Beanz). (see S+R Dry Goods Presents: Schott One Hundred Plus) One thing that is not lacking in the S&R department is tradeshow presence.
Hamid Holloman of Custom Lifestyle
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Anthony Lupesco of the Richmond VA based brand Shockoe Atelier. That is right ladies and gentleman, I said Richmond VA. The brand was found in 2012 but the Lupesco family has over 40 years in the game primarily with European Luxury brands (Isaia, Ted Lapidus, and Belvest). Shockoe Atelier builds upon the tradition and craftsmanship of the European houses that they worked with 40+ years but with an American point of view. (MADE IN AMERICA).
|Anthony Lupesco of Shockoe Atelier
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|Andre T Burgess of The Brooklyn Circus
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What would a pop up be without coffee. Najees Clarke of the Chester PA based Clarke Brewed Coffee Co (formerly Kool Beanz). Najees had the nice aroma of coffee beans brewing. Clarke Brewed Coffee Co takes pride in being "the official coffee for the hardworking."
|Najees Clarke of Clarke Brewed Coffee Co
Instagram: Clarke Brewed Coffee Co
S&R had a nicely curated set up of search and rescued finds in addition to Custom Lifestyle, and Clarke Brewed Coffee Co providing the extra swag. Tawfeeq below is holding up the prized Custom Lifestyle and S&R collaborative. An upcycled butterfly chair made with vintage upcycled textiles.
|The Search and Rescue Squad X Custom Lifestyle chair was on hand at Norther Grade.
Tawfeeq Gaines of Search and Rescue Squad
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|Shane Garron originally met Northern Grade co-founder Mark "Mac" McMillan on Broadway in Manhattan. Shane has exhibited his art work at just about all of the Northern Grade pop ups!
|The Brooklyn Circus
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Throne Watches offers a line of watches and leather bands, but thats not all "Watch the Throne" and keep an eye out for whats next!
Website: Throne Watches
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|Tammy Stackpoole and Courtney Nearburg of Krammer and Stoudt
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|Brookes Boswell Millinery based out New York City was quietly one of the show stealers.
Website: Brookes Boswell
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After gushing at Brooks Boswell selection of hats, I peered over to the next booth. And there she was! White T-Shirt and worn in jeans. Ella of Gamine Workwear. I couldn't shake her Dungarees. They are still on mind. Nevermind that they are only available for women.
|Ella of Gamine Workwear photo via Gamine Workwear
Gitli Goods is based out of Washington, D.C. had a nice selection of dogwear and apparel. Tony was drawn to their vintage upcycled line of leather products, even going as far as mistaken the dog collars for belts and bracelets. If anyone can make it work it would be Tony.
Website: Gitli Goods
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Mark "Mac" McMillan is the co-founder of Northern Grade and Pierrepont Hicks. Mac had his hands full running up and down the floor meeting and greeting people. Pierrepont Hicks displayed a line of slim ties.
440 Gentleman Supply is based out of Raleigh NC and makes small batch items by hands of course in Raleigh NC. They had about everything made out of Leather and made nicely. A dope folding camping stool that you can bring to your next night out with the boo..screen on the green, camping or whatever, that Roll Top Waxed Canvas Tote bag that is an automatic add to cart, or even the big ass man bag aka The Weekender Bag!
|Website: 440 Gentleman Supply
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|Website:Stock Mfg Co.
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|Tom Copeland of Coronado Leather
|Anchyi Wei of Anchyi At Work
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|Visual merchandiser and blogger Natto Balladares.
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