Cheat Sheet! Where To Shop In Brooklyn This Spring!

Manhattanites who refuse to trek over the bridge for a wily Brooklyn excursion aren't just being obstinate anymore—they are now officially missing out on some of the city's choicest goods. Sure, the mainland has some of the best shopping in the world, but now Brooklyn is fast catching up (yes, there's a Barneys Co-Op in Cobble Hill), with established destinations and emerging ingenues making a real splash across the East River. So, we've decided to go ahead and do it: Suck it up, call on our insiders, hit the streets, and produce our cheat-sheet to our fave Brooklyn boutiques of the moment. It took us eons to edit with so many excellent offerings, from the hip finds in Williamsburg to the Clinton Hill thrift-havens. But we know your time is precious, so we distilled it down to the need-to-know addresses: new arrivals, classic and influential neighborhood digs, dude dens, exquisite interiors, and chic thrift stores. And because Brooklyn is sprawling, we've broken it down, hood-by-hood, for a simple but serious BK shopping spectacular...
Williamsburg and Greenpoint

1. Classic: Dalaga

To find a mainstay in Williamsburg is a tricky endeavor, considering there are so many great spots throughout Northern Brooklyn. But we have a particular place in our hearts for girly Greenpoint go-to Dalaga, which is fully loaded with cool spring and summer frocks, fun jumpers, and skirts adorably lining the shelves. Warning: It's hard to leave this boutique empty-handed.

Dalaga, 150 Franklin Street (between Greenpoint Avenue & Kent Street), 718-389-4049.

Honorable Mention: The labels at Bird keep us going back.
Bird, 203 Grand Street (between Bedford and Driggs Avenues), 718-388-1655.

2. New: Life: Curated

When this lifestyle shop opened its doors last fall, it could have been overshadowed by its established neighbors, like Paul Smith or Bird, but the super selective indie store is thriving, stocked with brands like Mara Hoffman, Obesity and Speed, and Madison Harding.  
Life: Curated, 186 Grand Street (between Bedford and Driggs avenues), 347-689-9143

3. Vintage: Beacon's Closet

No doubt, everyone in New York, Brooklyn, and beyond knows about Beacon's. In fact, it's a downright institution for the vintage-obsessed. Thankfully, the advent of Gilt Groupe has made the pickings a label-filled extravaganza, and while we're all for finding gorgeous new things, the selection of vintage is truly unparalleled.
Beacon's Closet, 88 North 11th Street, (between Wythe and Berry streets), 718-486-0816.

Honorable Mention: Fans of glitter will cherish Old Hollywood.
Old Hollywood, 99 Franklin Street (between Greenpoint Avenue and Milton Street), 718-389-0837.


4. Home: A&G Merch

Finally, you've found it: that lived-in Brooklyn feel of your favorite, super-curated Williamsburg loft. Pricier (but design-savvy) furniture is featured, but the store really excels at small quantity—and quality!—knickknacks and gifts.
A&G Merch, 111 North 6th Street, (near Berry Street), 718-388-1779.

Honorable Mention: For eclectic, dramatic offerings, try Kill Devil Hill.
Kill Devil Hill, 170 Franklin Avenue (between India and Java Street), 347-534-3088.

5. Men's: Alter Men

Fortunately, this little Greenpoint spot has made it a manly event to stroll down Franklin Avenue after a mimosa brunch to do a little shopping. Brands like Cheap Monday, Jeffrey Campbell (for dudes!), and Topman make sure stylish guys don't commit any fashion fouls.
Alter Men, 109 Franklin Street (at Greenpoint Avenue), 718-784-8818.

Honorable Mention: The surf-minded men in your life might like the sunny finds at Mollusk.
Mollusk, 210 Kent Avenue (At River Street). 718-218-7456.

Hall Of Fame: You know we can't bring you a BK shopping guide and not mention OAK or In God We Trust. The former is our mecca for guys-and-girls merch with an edge (and lots of black!), the latter stocks wistful and whimsical pieces for the thoughtful man or woman. Oh, and those Cheers, Motherfucker flasks, too!
OAK, 208 North 8th Street (Between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street), 718-782-052; In God We Trust, 135 Wythe Avenue (Between 6th and 7th streets), 718-388-2012.
Dumbo, Vinegar Hill, Downtown, and Boerum Hill

1. Standard: The Banquet

The best part of strolling through Boerum Hill is soaking up the vibes of a true Brooklyn community experience. And the pretty boutique The Banquet extends that cozy local feeling in spades. Much of the merch, from simple silk dresses (hello summer weddings!) to the amazing jewelry by Plume is all handmade in Brooklyn. Extra credit: Owner Pamela Johnston's excellent rack of well-priced vintage. .
The Banquet, 360 Atlantic Avenue, (between Hoyt and Bond streets), 718-522-6906.

Honorable Mention: For fancier finds, Zoe stocks labels like Phillip Lim 3.1 and YSL.
Zoe, 68 Washington Street (between Front Street and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway), 718-237-4002.

2. New: Priviledged

Neatly organized and full of the coolest labels like Sass & Bide, Catherine Malandrino, and Matt & Nat, this Jay Street boutique a worthy destination. With a range of price-points and a great selection of accessories, we can forgive owner Rasheeda Atkins for the peculiar spelling choice.
Priviledged, 14 Jay Street (between John and Plymouth streets), 718-797-0464.
Honorable Mention: The laid-back Steven Alan vibe is right at home in BK, and it appears the label agrees: a brand-new SA expansion has just opened its doors on Atlantic Avenue…right next to its original spot! His and Hers matching locations means everyone has access to the airy staples they need. Winning!
Steven Alan, 347 and 349 Atlantic Avenue (At Hoyt Street), 718-852-3257.


3. Men's: Hollander & Lexer

Not only is the interior of this diminutive shop moody and refined, but the men's clothing easily rivals any Manhattan staple like Odin or the now-defunct BBlessing. All the great boy brands are repped: Billy Kirk, Filson, Nicholas K, and more.

Hollander & Lexer, 358 Atlantic Avenue, (between Hoyt and Bond streets), 718-797-9190.
Honorable Mention: Man Cave's very own opened up Modern Anthology as a dude-friendly escape.
Modern Anthology, 68 Jay Street (at Water Street), 718-522-3020.

4. Vintage: Mafalda

If we had to shop at one store for the rest of our lives, it might just be Mafalda. The super-curated selection of gorgeous goods, from name brands like Ungaro and Dior to forgotten treasure, is all worth both the visit. Extra credit: Vintage belts, sunglasses, and shoes galore.
Mafalda, 360 Atlantic Avenue, (between Hoyt and Bond streets), 347-987-3470.
Honorable Mention: Try your treasure-hunting skills at Store 518, which is extra fun with a heaping selection of vintage candy.
Store 518, 518 Court Street (between Nelson and Huntington streets), 646-256-5041.

5. Home: Town and Country352
Fans of mid-century design, anything Eames-related, or art deco—hide your wallets. This store has the best of the best in retro furnishings, and if you're not careful, you'll soon be the proud owner of a Mad Men style office chair. 
Town and Country352, 352 Atlantic Avenue, (At Hoyt Street), 718- 875-7253.
Honorable Mention: R29 makes no secret about our Darr obsession, with its smattering of highly well-curated curiosities.
Darr, 369 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond Streets), 718-797-9733.

Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens

1. New: Shen
Model Jessica Stam says she treks to Brooklyn just for Shen, the Cobble Hill emporium for all cosmetics bright and eco-friendly. The design of this minimal store is utterly chillaxing, with simple shelves boasting deluxe lines like Amanda Lacey's hard-to-find facial lotions, the pout-protecting Lipstick Queen, and RMS's makeup. 
Shen Beauty, 315 Court Street (between Degraw and Sackett streets), 718-576-2679.

2. Classic: Dear Fieldbinder

There is a certain aesthetic of Carroll Gardens that makes it a favorite home-base for some of the city's coolest creatives. It's the perfect balance between old-school Brooklyn and new-school style, not to mention, it feels perfectly lived-in. And no boutique sums up that vibe quite like Dear Fieldbinder, which has stolen our hearts with labels like Something Else By Natalie Wood, Opening Ceremony, and Lauren Moffatt.
Dear Fieldbinder, 198 Smith Street (between Baltic and Warren streets), 718-852-3620.
Honorable Mention: Well-heeled borough-dwellers head to Epaulet for smart labels like United Nude or CDG.
Epaulet, 231 Smith Street (between Butler and Douglass Streets), (718-522-3800).

3. Men's: Goose Barnacle

For a store that really separates the boys from the men, we love Goose Barnacle's refined atmosphere. Think thick Wigwam socks, Fred Perry, and the incredible Japanese import Naked and Famous.
Goose Barnacle, 91 Atlantic Avenue (between Hicks and Henry streets), 718-855-2694.
Honorable Mention: We can't recommend the cool finds at the biker-friendly Smith & Butler enough.
Smith & Butler, 225 Smith Street (At Butler Street), 718-855-4295.


4. Vintage: Olive's Very Vintage
Not only is Olive's Very Vintage a neighborhood classic, but the handpicked goods had so many fans from the other gender, it spawned the dude-friendly Olaf's (located across the street)! Gold snakeskin flats sit next to 1950's leather gloves, floor length slips go alongside velvet Oscar De La Renta. And for those deadstock fans, Olive's carries old material so you can DIY.
Olive's Very Vintage, 434 Court Street (between Second and Third places), 718-243-9094.
Honorable Mention: BopKat is a great place for our kitschy 1950's needs.
Bopkat Vintage, 117 Union Street (between Columbia St & Hicks St), 718-222-1820

5. Home: Holler & Squall

Those who are creating a well-crafted nest and happen to be missing that one statement piece—a yak head, tufted chair or century-old stool, for instance—will be glad to know that Holler & Squall has the quirkiest, and most fascinating, home goods in Brooklyn Heights.
Holler & Squall, 71 Atlantic Avenue (At Hicks Street), 347-405-3734.
Honorable Mention: The Dwell-stocked environment337 is a good bet for high-end finds.
environment337, 337 Smith Street (at Carroll Street), 718-522-1767.

Fort Green/Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, and Park Slope

1. New: Life Emporium
This fresh thrift space is giving Park Slope standard Beacon's Closet a run for its money with poppy, '80s-inspired colors and amazing prints galore. Racked even managed to get their hands on some Proenza. Can you say that, Park Slope Beacon's?

Life Emporium, 515 5th Avenue (Between 12th and 13th streets), 718-788-5433.


2. Classic: Thistle and Clover

Honestly, it is a toss up between the laid-back luxe of Thistle and Clover and the edgy labels of Stuart and Wright. We've got to say: the indie lean of Thistle has won us over, with bright, beautiful (and wallet-friendly) rompers and dresses from emerging designers like Whit, Marais USA, and Myne. 

Thistle and Clover, 221 DeKalb Avenue (Between Adelphi and Clermont avenues), 718-855-5577.
Honorable Mention: Our not-so-second favorites, Stuart and Wright.
Stuart and Wright, 85 Lafayette Avenue (Portland Avenue and Elliot Place), 718-797-0011.

3. Vintage: Brooklyn Flea

As Williamsburg thrift can't be mentioned without Beacon's, Fort Greene's vintage scene is practically defined by the Flea. Sure, there is now a Williamsburg location, but this is the place to hit every Saturday, and the independent labels, obscure finds, and brilliant eye candy certainly can't be beat. 
Brooklyn Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue (Between Clermont and Vanderbilt avenues).

Honorable Mention: The well-chosen thrifting at Guvnor's will tie you over during the week. 
Guvnor's, 178 Fifth Avenue (between Degraw and Sackett streets), 718-230-4887

4. Men's: Private Stock
Uniquely Brooklyn, this slightly urban boutique is certainly geared toward younger guys, but there are well-chosen staples, like Levi's, Converse, and inexpensive bow-ties. Bottom line: This is a safe bet for the fashion-phobic man.
Private Stock, 458 Bergen Street (Between Flatbush and Fifth avenues), 718-230-0055.
Honorable Mention: The polished and gentlemanly Hog Mountain
Hog Mountain, 192 Fifth Avenue (at Berkeley Place), 347-725-4236.

5. Home: RePop

Recycled, upcycled, thrift…whatever your nom du jour for used goods may be doesn't matter, because the well-chosen accroutements of RePop are best described as uber cool. Formica and wicker abound, just make sure to bring a design savvy friend who can eye the good stuff. 
RePop, 68 Washington Avenue (between the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and Park Avenue), 718-260-8032.
Honorable Mention: The eco-friendly home goods of Green in BKLYN have great products for earth warriors.
Green in BRKLYN, 432 Myrtle Avenue, (between Clinton and Waverly Avenues), 718-855-43835.