Brooklyn, New York Guide to Shopping

Smith + Butler

If you're forever in search of the classic buy and are drawn to the aesthetic of brands like Belstaff, Filson, Barbour, and Moscot, then Smith + Butler is your kind of place. This 1900s carriage house has womenswear up front, home goods in the middle, and menswear in the back room (including New York label Unis's only Brooklyn outpost). It's also crammed with interesting miscellany like floral plates printed with the deadly sins in a Gothic font and books on California's 1970s rock climbers and rock 'n' roll fashions. Everything is placed on and around antique furniture and vintage motorcycles (bike enthusiasts will also love the cool motorcycle accessories sold here) in a way that encourages browsing as much as buying. A huge glass case shows off beautiful handcrafted jewelry, 90 percent of which is by local designers like Yayoi Forest. This place ain't cheap, but that's the thing about a classic buy—you can just keep telling yourself it's expensive because it lasts.—Nicola McCormack (Open Mondays noon to 6 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays noon to 6 p.m.)

Cobble Hill
225 Smith Street
Brooklyn, New York 11231
Tel: 718 855 4295
Subway: F train to Carroll Street
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Photograph: Courtesy Smith + Butler

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