With so many great shops in the connected neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens (affectionately called BoCoCa), I rarely need to leave Brooklyn to satisfy my shopping fix.
Here are five of my faves:
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.
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.
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.
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-theme boutique has a line of apparel, accessories, and home decor with global influences.
Re/Dress NYC (109 Boerum Place, 718-522-7962): Brooklyn is home to several consignment shops including hipster staples Beacon's Closet and Buffalo Exchange. But Re/Dress is the only one that specializes in women’s plus size fashion. The boutique’s bubbly owner, Deb Malkin, keeps the inventory funky and the store’s vibe lively. Bring in your gently-used and never-worn name brand and vintage clothing size 14 and up and receive 25 percent of the resale price or 40 percent in store credit.