Hawaii in Brooklyn

July 14th, 2011

Nadine Kam photos

Home furnishings, clothing, jewelry and food fill the Brooklyn Flea.

Visited Brooklyn Flea on a very hot July 9, when, even with sunscreen I managed to get something I don’t usually get in Hawaii, sunburned—all those rays bouncing off concrete and asphalt!

It is quite a great market if you live there and can lug home interesting pieces of furniture and household goods. A lot of the clothing tends to be overpriced by Hawaii standards because that’s what this market will bear.

I mentioned before that this is a year for a Hawaiian renaissance in fashion, and I’m seeing bits of Hawaii wherever I go. There were dozens of aloha shirts selling for about $22 to $25 at Brooklyn Flea, and a University of Hawaii shirt selling for $45.

A Cooke Street shirt was one of many offered by a vendor at Brooklyn Flea.

The  flea market takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday at Fort Greene, through Nov. 19. There’s also a Williamsburg location, same hours Sundays at the East River Waterfront, which continues through Nov. 20. Food is a big part of the events and in late May was spun off into its own event, the Williamsburg Smorgasburg, every Saturday at the East River Waterfront.

There is another Artists & Fleas Market that takes place 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, which, now that I’m looking at the map at 70 7th St., was only about two blocks away from the Williamsburg location. But on that hot day, I could barely read a map and didn’t feel compelled to walk around any more in the heat.

Brady & Kowalski offeres only vintage “writing machines” a k a typewriters, at Brooklyn Flea.

Guy on a street corner in Williamsburg.

Yesterday, I visited Opening Ceremony where Reyn Spooner shirts are selling for $130 to $150 (long sleeve), and aloha print shirt dresses are $275. They did some cute styling, pairing a yellow floral skirt with a navy-and-white French-style striped sailor shirt.

Opening Ceremony photos

At a SoHo boutique called Nypull, which carries garments and accessories from 150 up-and-coming designers around the world, I spotted several dresses by Roberta Oaks.

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