New York Shopping Guide

Dumbo/Fort Greene/Park Slope

Thistle & Clover

Though Rand Niederhoffer and Camilla Gale only graduated from college in 2005, their first retail adventure already has a standout reputation. Every piece feels special and handmade, since the twosome focus on affordable, under-represented lines like Dace and Wren. They even host a quarterly open call in search of the next big thing, where they look at labels that have yet to land their first store account. 221 DeKalb Ave. FORT GREENE 718‑855-5577, thistleclover.com

Odd Twin Trading Co.

This Park Slope newcomer has a retro sensibility, as evidenced by the snap-button blouses and perfectly worn-in leather jackets. 164 Fifth Ave. PARK SLOPE 718-633-8946

Baxter & Liebchen

An impressively comprehensive collection of Scandinavian midcentury modern furniture.
33 Jay St. (at Plymouth St.), 718-797-0630, baxterliebchen.com

Products: Antique, Furniture
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

Blueberi

Occupying a refurbished industrial space, the globally infused Blueberi offers an eccentric array of items you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere—or at least hard-pressed to find sold together in one store. There are Karen Walker tunics painted with images of roosters, trade beads from Africa, bright patent belts, and Victorian-era hats. 143 Front St. DUMBO 718-422-7724

Cloth

The texture and drape of garments is what most excites owner Zoë van de Wiele, so expect pieces with a tactile appeal, like New Scotland thick wool cardigans and velvety washed-silk American Vintage tees.
138 Fort. Greene Pl. (at Hanson Pl.), 718-403-0223, clothclothing.com

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

Lacasapark

Situated in the parlor of a brownstone and open by appointment only , this vintage resource is still little-known. It's headed up by a Gap designer who travels the world to source truly gorgeous garments from a variety of eras.
542 Washington Ave. (between Fulton St. and Atlantic Ave.), 917-373-1548, lacasapark.com

Loopy Mango

When Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher set about naming their store, they decided on Loopy Mango, since they both like the fruit and both crochet (and even cowrote a book on the subject). That sort of oddball-yet-straightforward thinking sums up the shop's feel. It's an anything-goes universe where disparate aesthetics collide—fancy Gryphon dresses and hippieish totes, for example—but it's fun, and it works. 117 Front St. DUMBO 718-858-5930, loopymango.com

Stuart & Wright

Launched by two former employees of Steven Alan (see Nolita/SoHo/Tribeca map), this warm, welcoming spot offers a masterful edit of quietly elegant pieces, from Rachel Comey to Vena Cava
85 Lafayette Ave. (between S. Portland Ave and S. Elliott Pl.), 718-797-0011, stuartandwright.com

Zoë

The original Zoë, in Princeton, New Jersey, takes up an entire city block, and Dumbo's Zoë is just as ambitious in scope. In keeping with the feel of the neighborhood, it occupies an all-gray, industrial-toned loft; and in keeping with its position as a mini department store, each label gets its own portion of rack, whether it's Gary Graham, Lanvin, or Helmut Lang. 68 Washington St. DUMBO 718-237-4002, shopzoeonline.com
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