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Steven Alan vets Alec Stuart and Celeste Wright kept the original signage but replaced the washing machines with A.P.C., Rachel Comey and Rag & Bone at this gorgeously renovated, ash-wood-accented former dry cleaner.
The James Dean brand of rugged, white-T-shirted Americana is repackaged in the form of this casual clothing-and-lifestyle shop that sells vintage motorcycles alongside tried-and-true Pendleton geo-print cardigans, Billykirk leather bags and The Hill-Side scarves.
Eric Famisan and Sarah Ryhanen's hand-cut olive-oil-based soaps are sold worldwide, but only at their freestanding secret garden-esque Red Hook shop can you scoop them up along with Ryhanen's impossibly gorgeous seasonal floral bouquets.
Located on a tree-lined Fort Greene block, this white-walled, airy boutique carries ultra-modern pieces from A Détacher, Gary Graham and Carolann Wachter that are subtly enhanced by colorful chandelier earrings and tiered necklaces designed by de la Vega herself.
One's a veritable Everest of vintage textiles, composed of floral bedsheets, embroidered curtains, midcentury American flags and burlap sacks. The other houses more cool '70s logo tees than Keith Richards' closet.
Restored maple tables, sturdy wood hutches and old-school file cabinets (all expertly refurbished in a nearby workshop) are used to display quirky smaller items like vintage stained-glass light fixtures and table linens.
If you had a chic Parisian grandmother, this is what her closet might look like: leopard-print handbags, suede pumps and brightly colored long-sleeved silk dresses from the 1960s.
We love the consistent selection of Tulle, BB Dakota and Ark & Co., plus the well-edited racks of feminine cocktail dresses and ladylike work pieces. And it's all presented in appealing, antique-inspired Victorian decor.
Chock-full of the homey (wool blankets), the necessary (frying pans) and the endearingly random (Lithuanian handstitched leather key covers), this sunny mom-and-pop is the kind of shop we wish we could live in.
It makes sense that shop owner Perry Gargano once created exhibits for the Museum of Natural History. His sculptural, nature-inspired jewelry—like a sterling silver hummingbird skull pendant necklace—manages to blend animal imagery with Brothers Grimm creepiness.