Cheap Gear Rundown
Feet Gear:Front StreetWhile supplies last at 47 Orchard St, near Hester; 212.334.8144 This Chinatown kicks boutique's offering a bevy of deals, including 50% off classic Pumas (Clydes, Speedcats, etc), up to 75% off ltd quantities of mid-rise Loteks, and 25% off any non-sale purchase over $50. Bonus: buy any shirt or hoodie (Animal, Skavenger, Lavar, etc) and they'll throw in a Front-branded money clip -- a cruel taunt not unlike giving a homeless man a free driveway.
Wholesale Gear:Inven.tory237 Lafayette St, between Prince and Spring Sts; 212.226.5292 This just-opened, warehouse-sized outpost from the same-named NoLita boutique's peddling threads from premium designers (Cheap Monday, Smooth Company, Orthodox, etc) at wholesale prices. Stock's replenished weekly and the sale doesn't end -- like a Neverending Story of cheap gear, where the only Nothing is the blank look your friends give you when you keep trying to get them to go to sample sales.
Mod Gear:DDCLabThru April 5 at 7 Mercer St, between Howard and Grand; 212.226.8980 Up to 90% off modish fall & winter threads (mandarin collared button-downs, turtleneck shirts w/ kangaroo-like front pockets), plus select pieces of envelope-pushing outerwear, e.g., a half-nylon/half-nubuck windbreaker with a fur-lined collar, and a button-down made entirely from black leather -- for that coveted cubicle gimp, as you're already chained to your desk.
Solid Gear:Teddy BoyThru April 15th at 164 Allen Street, between Stanton and Rivington; 212.253.7770 This exposed brick and plank-floored boutique's offering up to 50% off their made-in-NYC fall & winter merch (checkered cashmere/wool suits, cotton and silk blazers, work-ready button-downs and jeans, etc), all inspired roughly by the Edwardian-influenced outfits of UK teens in the 1950s -- known to each other as Teddy Boys or, when wearing cassettes in their back, Teddy Boy Ruxpins.
Dandy Gear:Jay KosThru Tuesday at 475 Park Ave, at 58th St; 212.319.2770 No less than 50% off selected items in this ur-lux classic English haberdashery, including hats from London's Borsalino and Lock, umbrellas from Swaine, Adeney & Brigg, plus New & Lingwood's formal leather footwear, including styles like the tassle loafer, single buckle monk, and punched calf -- also known as the midget's charlie horse.
Look Good in Your Gear:eShaveApril 6 thru April 27 at eShave: 3 World Financial Center, in the Winter Garden; 212.577.7005 (reservations recommended) Once well-garbed, complete the overhaul with a free wet shave (Mondays only) from the barbers at eShave, who started out in the 90s as an online toiletries dealer to iSlobs across the nation.