If you haven’t already been to Bird we’d be surprised, but in the case you don’t frequent Brooklyn boutiques we’re here to tell you to go. They carry all our favorite labels like 3.1 Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, and new arrival Gretchen Jones just to name a few. There are also menswear collections including (but not limited to) Band of Outsiders, Billy Reid, Paul Smith, and Shipley & Halmos. The LEED-certified Williamsburg location regularly features art and photography exhibits and the occasional shop-in-shop combining creativity with their goods for a shopping environment we could spend all afternoon in. Check out their Cobble Hill and Park Slope locations as well.
203 Grand Street (between Bedford & Driggs Avenues); 718-388-1655
Mon—Sat noon—8pm, Sat noon—7pm, Sun noon—6pm
For unique brands, fail-proof products, and a spa-like shopping experience look no further than Shen, Brooklyn’s best beauty boutique. Two industry experts, Jessica Richards and Jules Stringer, joined forces to open this beauty mecca in 2010 promising find and stock the best goods on the market. With natural and organic qualities in mind, Shen carries products that boast hand picked ingredients and brands that aren’t readily available at the mainstream beauty counters of our drugstores and supermarkets. From cosmetics to candles, styling tools to skincare, Shen’s owners stand behind every item gracing their shelves. You’ll find brands like Soliel Organique, Kahina, and Mrs. White’s, plus lines exclusive to Shen like Amanda Lacey, a top seller in the UK. Move over Sephora (or just don’t move in at all), shopping Shen comes with unparalleled customer service and a tried-and-approved guarantee!
315 Court Street (near Degraw Street); 718-576-2679
Mon—Sat 11am—7pm, Sun noon—6pm
This little gem proves there’s no need to trek in Manhattan to shop higher-end designer finds; you can find one of the borough’s best collections right here at Zoe. If you’re a fashion savvy shopper, Zoe stocks a variety of brands in a range of prices from Lanvin to Rag & Bone, Givenchy to Alexander Wang, and Chloe to Diane von Furstenburg—a selection sure to offer plenty of choices that you and your budget can agree on. We’ve spotted brand new Celine Spring 2012 accessories and ready to wear, and there’s still a couple days left to take advantage of the Helmut Lang and Theyskens’ Theory in-store event. Zoe breaks the mold as far as Brooklyn shopping is concerned. The larger than average amount of merchandise is not the norm for usual BK neighborhood boutiques, but that’s why Zoe is on out list. If it’s designer options you’re looking for, you’ve found the right place.
68 Washington Street (between York & Front Streets); 718-237-4002
Mon 11am—7pm, Tue—Thurs 11am—8pm, Fri 11am—9pm, Sat 11am—8pm, Sun 11am—6pm
Thistle & Clover not only has an open door policy for its customers (browsing, chatting, and lingering welcome!), but for its merchandise as well, holding open calls for new and emerging designers to claim their spots on the cozy boutique’s shelves. Co-owners Camilla Gale and Rand Niederhoffer are committed to offering their clientele affordable apparel and accessories as a platform for new, innovative, and inspiring brands. Find ready to wear by 81 Poppies, DusenDusen, and Troubadour; jewelry by Catbird, Honey & White, and Odette NY; and accessories by Clare Vivier, Lollia, and MCMC Fragrances. (Just to name a few.) From silk dressed to summer-ready tanks, dainty gold jewelry to spring’s most coveted clutches, Thistle & Clover is a must shop for “wearable interpretations, but not imitations, of the season's runway highlights.”
221 Dekalb Avenue (near Clermont Avenue); 718-855-5577
Mon—Fri noon—8pm, Sat—Sun 11am—7pm
Newly opened this year, A Thousand Picnics is the collaboration between indie jewelry designers Cold Picnic and Brooklyn boutique regular Species by the Thousands. Ahhh...we get it! Exposed brick walls and wooden fixtures make the space extra rustic. Chock full of unique curiosities from handmade soaps and candles to leather watches and brass jewelry are neatly arranged for clutter-free shopping. Species by the Thousand stocks the store with signature painted pillows, tees, and dream catchers that are as equally nature-inspired as the store itself. Totally unique finds make gift shopping a breeze and you’ll be revamping your digs with cool new accessories in no time.
171 South 4th Street (at Driggs Avenue); 347-606-8715
Mon—Sat 11am—8pm, Sun noon—7pm