Unpleasant things are often associated with alleys, from rodents and heaps of trash to McBeal, especially after she broke up with Robert Downey Jr. That dude is so charismatic! For a more pleasant alley experience, hit The Alleyway.
After moving their food-service-inspired gear store into a new spot downtown, the dudes from Deli have turned its old space into an accessories shop/art gallery done up to look like a downtown alley by staging hats, shoes, watches etc. on wood pallets, in LED lit garbage cans, and in dumpsters; topping it off is a cardboard-box-wrapped dressing room, and walls decked with old window frames and screen doors, all of which you're free to tag, though you may want to come up with something better than "Property of Bobby Whelan". Gear includes tees from their in-house Deli Art Series; rian Handbags (the large logo-printed, multi-pocketed Manchester travel bag); Brixton lids (the straw, feather-banded Pack, the short brim Stroll fedora); kicks from NYC's Alife and LA's Creative Rec, plus rugged timepieces like the digital Master of G, a title previously held by Disney. Artiness currently on display includes Alec Huxley's darkly-ethereal new takes on astronauts, nude women, and pop icons (Marilyn Monroe, James Dean), his usual gritty urban landscapes, and conceptual portraiture from Mat Savage whose super-colorful work depicts wild-animal/naked girl hybrids (you lose again, gas/electric hybrids!).
The AW will be open at least through the summer, and will periodically update gear and locally produced art like the bizarrely-surrealist work of Joe Vollan, and Eddy Lee's anime inspired sketchiness, which was sadly never associated with Ally, since they were pretty committed to the dancing baby.