Hello Brooklyn

August 12, 2006 • Magazine

Hello Brooklyn

Hello Brooklyn

Sat, 2006-08-12 18:00

Lauren Dimet

“New York New York it’s a hell of a town
The Bronx is up
and I’m Brooklyn down.”

—Beastie Boys

I had noticed many new sites and designers of late hailing from Brooklyn, NY. My curiosity piqued, I asked Karen from the blog “Clothes-Pin”in Brooklyn, if she could make some recommendations so I could check the shopping out for myself my last trip to NYC. Apparently a lot has changed in the last five years. Not that I had anything to compare it to. I was a Brooklyn virgin.

Armed with a walking tour/list of stores Karen provided me, I hit three sections of Brooklyn on the hottest, must humid July day one could imagine!

Atlantic Ave.

Sir – 360 Atlantic Ave.
This boutique has recently expanded. Besides carrying labels like Butter by Nadia, they specialize in reworked vintage and Indie designs. I fell in love with some dresses and the jewelry collection was fantastic. They also carry our favorite, Hayden-Harnett handbags.

Downtown Atlantic – 364 Atlantic Ave.
This is not a boutique or a clothing store. In fact, it is a restaurant. Karen’s notes read, “get a cupcake, they are in the window and will call you in.” They did!

Kimera – 366 Atlantic Ave.
If you need custom made bridesmaid dresses, this would be the place to go. Especially if you have an affinity for silk.

Butter – 389 Atlantic Ave.
This beautiful little shop’s standouts include Kristensen Du Nord skirts and Dries Van Noten dresses.

Layers – 394 Atlantic Ave.
I walked in and immediately loved this place. It is tiny, but packed with great items from local designers such as Mel on Stel, Clinch Design, Tao Freedeom and Krel Wear knitwear. It also carries labels that are more widely recognized. Everything is carefully chosen and everyone is amzingly friendly.

Johnny Rocco – 426 Atlantic Ave.
I think I was expecting more from this store, then again I was there after summer sales had begun. There were clothes by Lotta Stenson, T-bags, C. Ronson and but I remember a lot of Jeffrey Campbell shoes and boots.

7th Ave. Park Slope

Bird – 430 7th Ave.
This midsize boutique is well stocked with interesting American and European labels (Isabel Marant, Cacharel, Nicole Farhi) and jewelry by local designers. They also carry lines like; 3.1 Philip Lim, See by Chloe, Mint, Hussein Chalayan and Veena. I have discovered I love Hussein Chalayan.

Neda – 413 A 7th Ave.
This moderately priced tiny jewel could be dangerous. Shoes, sundresses, jewelry and a fantastic French barrette selection (I left with two). They could not have been nicer either.

Smith St.

Dear Fieldbinder – 198 Smith St.
This boutique was having a great summer sale while I was there. Lines included; Samantha Treacy, Cynthia Rowley, Reine, Edward An and A. Cheng.

Bird – 220 Smith St.
I actually liked this location better. It is the newer of the two and carried more of the lines I like such as Isabel Marant and Hussein Chalayan.

There were a lot more, but we ran out of time and I was shopped out. There were quite a few gems to be found in Brooklyn and I had just started to unearth them.

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