New York Shopping Guide

Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill/Carroll Gardens/Red Hook

Store 518, General & Fine

Designer Nadia Tarr (of the famed, wear-it-a-million-ways Butter by Nadia dress) decided to open a shop in Carroll Gardens when her insatiable flea marketing got out of hand and she needed a repository for all the treasures she had mined over the years. It's easy to tell that she loves everything in the store, from pristine '50s Mexican dresses to blue enamel Victorian lockets. Her clothing line is also here, plus every conceivable kind of retro-packaged candy. 518 Court St. CARROLL GARDENS 646-256-5041,store518.com

Swallow

Newer Japanese glass is a big draw at this gallerylike spot filled with opalescent bowls with edges so soft they appear to be melting, tiny paper-thin bud vases with organic, amorphous openings, and rainbow-hued sake glasses.
361 Smith St., Brooklyn, swallowglass.com

Products: Decorative/Lighting, Furniture, Tabletop, Gifts/Design
Type of Store: Boutique

Bird

Jennifer Mankins, who started her career at Barneys before becoming the head buyer for Steven Alan, opened her first Bird in 1999, and over the last decade she has steadily established three of Brooklyn’s most compelling boutiques. Mankins has a visionary eye for mixing offbeat fabrics and textiles, positioning exuberantly patterned Tsumori Chisato blouses alongside madras skirts from A.P.C. and printed dresses from Jackson, Johnston & Roe. 220 Smith St. COBBLE HILL 718-797-3774; 316 Fifth Ave PARK SLOPE 718-768-4940; 203 Grand St. WILLIAMSBURG, 718-388-1655

Brooklyn Collective

This tiny store's stock—silk dresses, charm necklaces, charcoal drawings—is largely by local artists and mostly limited-edition.
196 Columbia St., 718-596-6231, brooklyncollective.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Jewelry
Type of Store: Boutique

Brooklyn Industries

Reasonably priced casual pieces with an urban slant, like slim-cut canvas utility pants and form-fitting hoodies, are this Brooklyn-based chainlet's claim to fame. They also make great down coats.
100 Smith St. (at Atlantic Ave.), 718-596-3986, brooklynindustries.com

Products: Women's Clothing, Shoes, Bags
Type of Store: Boutique

Dear Fieldbinder

Dear Fieldbinder specializes in effortlessly chic, beautifully modern pieces like tailored Lauren Moffatt blouses and chunky Twinkle by Wenlan sweaters: the type of items that will quickly become favorites. 198 Smith St. COBBLE HILL 718-852-3620, dearfieldbinder.com

Erie Basin

Russell Whitmore's gallery/boutique holds all the gorgeous treasures he turns up from tirelessly shopping East Coast estate sales. It's a stunning and well-priced array of jewelry—thanks to his eye for the curious and unusual, there's really nothing else like it—which makes Erie Basin a major destination, despite its location in far-flung Red Hook. Victorian memento mori rings and necklaces made from discarded filigree watch bits are standouts. 388 Van Brunt St. RED HOOK 718-554-6147, eriebasin.com

Eva Gentry

Formerly known 
as Butter, this pioneering store opened in Brooklyn more than a decade ago. Everything adheres to a refined white, gray, and black palette—including picks from sought-after labels like Maison Martin Margiela and Rick Owens—and is displayed on rough-hewn tables and old-fashioned mannequins. 389 Atlantic Ave. BOERUM HILL 718-260-9033, evagentry.com

Eva Gentry Consignment

Launched by the owners of local stalwart Eva Gentry (see No. 38), this sun-drenched storefront is where the neighborhood's poshest hipster ladies unload their pristine, last-season Chanel jackets and never-worn Balenciaga pencil skirts. 371 Atlantic Ave. BOERUM HILL 718-522-3522

Frank & Bill's Antiques

One of the sole survivors on Coney Island Avenue's once-thriving antiques stretch, this tiny gem, located in a former Mexican catering hall, offers deals on furniture from the late 1800s on.
801 Coney Island Ave. (between Dorchester and Cortelyou Rds.), 718-826-2641

Products: Antique, Furniture
Type of Store: Boutique
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