It’s hard out there for a dandy. With the exception of the occasional “man shop”, most boutiques cater to women, and in larger shops the men’s section is smaller than some of the dressing rooms. Add to which, the places that do cater to men are a) effing expensive, and/or b) painfully predictable: Whiskey stones! Beard oil! Herschel bags!
Rest assured the Filson will be in short supply when a new “men’s style market” brings fashion, grooming, and lifestyle products to Greenpoint events space Dobbin Street on April 1 and 2. Fool’s Gold, as the market is called, isn’t related to the Williamsburg record label and store of the same name– it was actually created by the folks behind the Phoenicia Flea, a traveling market that focuses on upstate makers.
Among the 40+ merchants that’ll be on the former factory floor at Dobbin Street are Greenpoint’s own Dusty Rose Vintage, Brooklyn potter Little Bear Pots, vintage housewares purveyor The Ardent Forager, rain-cape maker Cleverhood, southwesterny designer The Highlands Foundry, Greenpoint designer M Carter, and leather and denim whisperers Doomed NYC. There’ll be soap and other personal care products from Hudson Made and from Fury Bros, which prides itself on “bringing the man out of the cave” via candles modeled after vintage motor-oil cans. Fury Bros may seem like a ridiculous name for a soap and candle maker, but the New York brand was actually started by a couple of brothers whose last name is Fury. Cool story, bros.
For better or worse, this market couldn’t avoid all the stereotypes. There will be whiskey for sale, courtesy of Finger Lakes Distilling. Not that we’re complaining.
Fool’s Gold, April 1 and 2, 11am to 5pm, at 64 Dobbin St., Greenpoint.