They had a nice sampling of ties, squares, scarves, shirts, sport coats, sweaters, and other products. All of the ties are 7cm or 8cm. I asked about 9cm. The reaction from the staff was interesting--strongly suggesting that they view that width as "classical," which I took as English polite for not their target market. Which is fine.
I confirmed that the sport coats are made by Belvest. The story related to me is that Michael Drake worked for Belvest before founding Drakes, so it's a nice bit of tradition to be working with them. It's their unique block, so you shouldn't see the same jacket from anyone else. The jackets are half-canvassed, completely unlined, and very softly tailored. Almost but not quite unstructured. The sleeves are full. I thought the fit was pretty good. The length of the jackets is good. The seams are nicely taped. People interested in the jackets should note that they have an inset patch ticket pocket. (I hadn't noticed in the online photos.) It's not a detail that I like, and might not be to others' preference, so I mention it so that people buying online won't be surprised. The lapels are not skinny, but a bit narrower than I would prefer. The tweeds are from Harris. The person I talked to didn't know which mill produced the other fabrics but said they were British. All of the fabrics were nice. The solid brown, green, and navy were all nice colors, textures, and weights. The patterned jackets were good, though I wasn't a big fan of the grey glen check.
The sales staff said that they would like to start offering more MTO jackets and ties. They expect to expand the offerings slowly (we talked about the difficulty of timing fabric availability for MTO with their production schedule) but should have swatches available in a month or so. That was mostly regarding the absence of 9cm ties, but my understanding was that it also included jackets (I hope I got that right).
I'm not NY resident but visit enough that I knew the area where the pop-up is located. It's in an area with a number of well known fashion stores. So it was interesting to see Drake's there. In combination with the recent expansion of their offerings and partnership with other brands, the location did make me wonder whether they're trying to push their brand in the direction of more mainstream fashion brands. If that's the case, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for them.