Friday, July 23, 2010

5 Cool Places to Shop in Brooklyn's BoCoCa

Handmade cloth dolls by Cozbi.
Handcrafted silk gown at Kimera.

Dear Fieldbinder, is now Article&.

With so many great shops in the connected neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens (affectionately called BoCoCa), we rarely need to leave Brooklyn to satisfy our shopping fix.
Here are five of Everything She Wants' fave neighborhood boutiques:
Jonathan Adler* (378 Atlantic Avenue, 718-855-0017): This Adler outpost on Atlantic Avenue's "Antique Row" is a great place to window-shop and dream of the day you’ll be able to afford quirky chachkas like a fragrant “Muse” candle ($78) encased in a collectable ceramic container. *This store is now closed.  Visit one of the interior designer's stores in Soho or shop his quirky wares online.
Dear Fieldbinder,* (198 Smith Street, 718-852-3620) : Owner Laura Fieldbinder stocks her gallery-like store with feminine, trendy designer tops, frocks and accessories.  Standout brands include Ted Baker, Deborah Sweeney, and Knox.  Check in often for the store's deeply-discounted seasonal sales. *The store's name is now Article&.
Cozbi(530 Court Street, 718-246-7960): This lovely little shop in Carroll Gardens is run by former art director Cozbi A. Cabrera.  Cozbi’s one-of-a-kind handmade cloth dolls (called Munecas in honor of the designer’s Honduran heritage), fill a void in the collectible doll market.  They’re a a hit with Oprah, who has featured the Afrocentric dolls in her magazine and ordered them as gifts. Cozbi also makes women’s and children’s clothes and has illustrated several children’s books. *Since this post published, the store shuttered.  Visit Cozbi online.
Kimera (366 Atlantic Avenue, 718-422-1147): When I thought my wedding dress wouldn’t be altered in time, I almost made a mad dash to Kimera to buy one of their elegant, handmade silk gowns as a replacement. The Moroccan-inspired boutique also has a line of apparel, accessories and home decor with global influences.
Re/Dress NYC* (109 Boerum Place): Brooklyn is home to several consignment shops including hipster staples Beacon's Closet and Buffalo ExchangeBut Re/Dress is the only one that specializes in women’s plus size fashion size 14 and up. And the boutique’s bubbly owner, Deb Malkin, keeps the inventory funky and the store’s vibe lively. *Sadly, since this post originally published, Re/Dress has closed. But in good news,  the space is now occupied by Buffalo Exchange. Visit Re/Dress online.

*This post was updated on November 13, 2015.

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