I’ve decided to split our New York shopping into two posts. Today I’ll show you what we got for Wille and tomorrow what I got. On our two previous trips when he was 14 and 16 Wille didn’t really have an interest in shopping, other than gadgets and New York souvenirs. This time around at 19 he wanted to hit the second hand and army/navy surplus stores + get a pair of sunglasses.
We started our surplus hunt out at Kaufman which turned out to be closed. Bummer. Then we went on to Galaxy. Also closed. Double bummer and we were worried that we wouldn’t find any stores in that category open the week after Easter.
Our third stop was Uncle Sam’s and yay they were open! We rummaged around for a while and Wille decided on a nice warm sweater and a bomber jacket.
Our luckiest find in the army navy department though was when on the last day as we were making our way back to the hotel from Brooklyn and we stumbled across Church Street Surplus. Oh my, what a store! Wille and I just had time for a quick look but we could have stayed in there for hours. The owner is the sweetest guy, an ex military man himself. That’s him in his army gear in the photo next to the framed shop license. And in person. While Uncle Sam was more of an army fashion store with young rasta guys running it this felt more like the real deal.
I found this Wrangler jacket for Wille. It was manufactured by Big Ben, unused and still had the original paper label sewn in (unfortunately it fell off and got lost in the store). The size says 40 and I was hoping it was a woman’s European size 40 but it turned it that it was a man’s size 40 and that happens to be Wille’s size. I’m very jealous. I did got something for myself in there as well though. Will show you tomorrow!
Another mission of ours on this trip was to find some cool sunglasses for Wille. He’s always felt that he doesn’t look good in any and while he has some Wayfarers (my now vintage tortoise ones from the 80’s) and some other styles as well he wanted find the perfect ones and preferably vintage on this trip.
We started out by looking in regular vintage and second hand stores in our Chelsea neighborhood but couldn’t find anything. At Family Jewels (amazing store btw. Sarah, if you go to New York you HAVE to go there!) they recommended Fabuolus Fanny’s which is a vintage store mostly dedicated to eyewear although they do have clothing too. We didn’t find THE sunglasses there but it was a very cool shop.
I knew of Moscot before we left for New York and was telling Wille we should go there for his sunglasses but he was unsure because he’d never heard of them. When we saw the Rolling Stone cover of John Hamm at Barnes & Noble and we were both going “Those are the ones"!”. We looked in the magazine to see if they mentioned the source but they didn’t. I said lets go to Moscot to see if we can find anything similar there. Guess what we found? Not the exact same but close enough! Wille is now the lucky and good looking owner of a pair of sunglass Izzys (third from the top two photos up). Look at the happy grin on his face. And again, what a shop! Amazing!
Another purchase we did for Wille was a pair of new running shoes. Wille had heard of the Adidas Energy Boost ones and tried them out at the Adidas Store on Broadway. Very bouncy. Trainers and such are about two thirds of the price in the US compared to here in Sweden and a good buy in the US for us so we got them.
When we were at Barnes & Noble to look for something for me (more about that tomorrow) Wille went to look for Game of Thrones which he loves on HBO. The first four books came in a boxed set so we got that.
Together with the wand, all in all not a bad New York city loot for my boy.