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Brooklyn Shopping

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316 Fifth Avenue
Park Slope
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 768 4940
Subway: F train to Seventh Avenue

Bird brands itself as one of Brooklyn's first fashion destinations. That may be something of a stretch, but it certainly was a pioneer when it set up shop in Park Slope in 1999. It still has its finger on the pulse of the city's mercurial fashion trends and feels utterly fresh amid a crop of arrivistes. Up-and-coming designers such as Brooklyn-based Apiece Apart and eco-friendly Bodkin woo a rabidly devoted clientele. And heavy-hitters including Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang, add some high-end polish to the whimsical mix of clothes, handbags, shoes, and accessories. Two additional outposts are located in Cobble Hill and Williamsburg.

Open Monday through Saturday noon to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.

Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Avenue
Fort Greene
Brooklyn , New York
Subway: A/C to Lafayette Avenue

Every weekend, over 100 vendors gather under the Brooklyn Flea banner to sell all manner of cool stuff—from vintage and locally designed duds to antique furniture; arts and crafts; and food, glorious food (we recommend the fresh fruit and herb combo popsicles by People's Pops and Asia Dog's beef, chicken, and veggie franks with yummy toppings like Japanese curry and shredded kimchi apples). Plan on spending a couple of hours browsing and chatting with the vendors—it's a great way to plug into the Brooklyn scene. The Flea is held outdoors in Fort Greene on Saturdays (rain or shine) and indoors at 1 Hanson, the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank, on Sundays. Every Friday at noon, the list goes up on the market's Web site of the vendors taking part that weekend.—Nicola McCormack

Open Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 5 pm.

CB I Hate Perfume Gallery
93 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 384 6890
Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue

Christopher Brosius launched this perfume "gallery" in 2004 on the heels of his lauded exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. It's a delightful jewel box of a store that encourages browsing, with nature installations (pebbles, moss, and seashells) periodically reworked by a stylist and "tasting notes" that accompany each fragrance. The description of one best seller, called At The Beach 1966: "This is the scent of warm skin covered in suntan lotion and fresh ocean water mixed with hints of sand, driftwood, seashell, and old weathered boardwalk." Brosius fashions his shop as a kind of anti-Sephora—he compounds and blends ingredients himself and limits his use of synthetic materials. Perfumes are typically sold in essential oil "Absolutes," "Water Perfumes," or "Home Sprays." No surprise perhaps that offbeat variations find favor in this corner of Williamsburg: "Greenbriar 1968," a fragrance made from an unusual blend of sawdust, fresh-cut hay, old leather, pipe tobacco, and dirt, has done quite well.

Open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 6 pm.

Eva Gentry
389 Atlantic Avenue
Boerum Hill
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 260 903
Subway: F train to Bergen Street

Even if the Dries Van Noten, Rick Owens, and Ann Demeulemeester pieces that grace the perfectly curated racks of clothing are out of your price range, Eva Gentry (formerly known as Butter) is well worth a look. The jewelry, accessories, footwear, and clothing are shown in a gallery-like high-ceilinged white space. For those who can live with being a few seasons out of date, Eva Gentry's consignment store, a couple of doors down, will ensure you won't go home empty-handed (371 Atlantic Ave.; 718-522-3522).—Nicola McCormack

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 7 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

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Future Perfect
115 N. Sixth Street
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 599 6278
Subway: L train to Bedford Avenue

This cultish design hub in Williamsburg has become an incubator of sorts for up-and-coming Brooklyn talent (it was the first to carry ceramic antler chandeliers, a Jason Miller signature piece). The merchandise is definitely idiosyncratic, but if you suddenly find yourself living in a West Elm catalog, this is a good way to add some pizzazz. Standout buys include metallic-gold oil lamps made from hand grenades, and Louis XV reproduction antique chairs upholstered with army fatigue patterns and emblazoned with graffiti. Functional pieces do anchor the store, however. Storage cubes and desks by Scrapile, a local outfit that fuses discarded wood scraps into beautiful modern furniture, could fit into any creative office space. And Andrea Claire's circular lampshades, with digital landscapes superimposed onto linen frames, are both subtle and chic.

Open daily from noon to 7 pm.

Hollander & Lexer
358 Atlantic Avenue
Boerum Hill
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 797 9190
Subway: A or C train to Hoyt Street

The Boerum Hill menswear boutique that set up shop in spring 2006 on Atlantic Avenue added a much-needed jolt of sartorial panache to the neighborhood. It's an intriguing space, with salvaged lamp fixtures, taxidermy, the odd assortment of antique tools, and brick walls painted over with lacquer. The emphasis is on labels that adhere to solid craftsmanship: Henley shirts from Maine-based Rogues Gallery and denim by Rag & Bone are staples alongside Hollander & Lexer's in-house label of shirts, jackets, and slacks. Dandyish brands such as Paul Smith fill in the gaps, though, as do found objects such as leather belts studded with coins the Moroccan-born owner finds on his foraging trips abroad. It's also something of a lifestyle store, with its Moleskine journals, shaving kits from Acqua Shave, wool blankets, and canvas doctor's bags by Billy Kirk. Across the street is their furniture store, Darr (369 Atlantic Ave.; 718-797-9733;

Open Monday through Saturday 11 am to 7 pm, Sunday noon to 6 pm.

187 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn Heights
Brooklyn , New York
Tel: 718 624 4550
Subway: N, R, W, 2, 3, 4, 5 trains to Borough Hall

This Middle Eastern supermarket is one of the few remnants of the ethnic enclave that once thrived on the Atlantic Avenue corridor. Homesick Arabs from around the state come to visit for staples such as Al Wadi preserves and hummus dips, but it's just as popular with foodies down from Brooklyn Heights wanting a bit of a respite from Whole Foods. Half the fun is imagining up a good use for, say, mahleb (a spice made from the inside of cherry pits used to flavor Syrian string cheese). The store doubles as a wholesaler and distributor, so prices are kept lower that one might expect for such exotic imports. Indeed many of its samplings are stored in bulk: vats of olives, buckets of grape leaves, and bins of bulgur line the walls. You don't need to be on an obscure stockpiling mission, however, as there's a deli in back with prepared food including feta-cheese salad, hummus, and baba ghanoush.

Open Monday through Saturday 9 am to 7 pm.

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

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 pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays 11 am to 7 pm, Fridays noon to 8 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, and Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.