Apparels at Amarcord, Brooklyn, New York

Amarcord

Find pristine vintage for men and women at Amarcord, which has locations in both Soho and Williamsburg. The store’s expat owners keep it well stocked with regular treasure-hunting trips to their homeland of Italy. Expect to find notable designers in the mix (Missoni, Salvatore Ferragamo) as well as other European labels that fit the spot’s eclectic, colorful aesthetic. A plentiful selection of leather bags and shoes rounds out the mix.

Exterior View - Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, Brooklyn, New York

Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store

A fabulous source for unique gifts and toys, Annie’s moved into this Park Slope space in 2013. Come for a wonderful assortment of paper and card products, games, toys, art and old-fashioned candy. In short, it’s a one-stop shop for a cool gift from Brooklyn.

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Antik

A home furnishings store with beautiful pieces, ranging from contemporary pieces to antiques from centuries past and countries near and far.

Big Night BK Store

Big Night

Whether you’re looking to up your kitchen game or need a last-minute wedding gift, the pieces in Big Night are always a conversation starter.

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Books Are Magic Montague

The second location of the idyllic bookshop owned by author Emma Straub, with a great section for kids in the back.
Interiors at Brooklyn Tailors, Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn Tailors

Dapper gents beeline to this high-end boutique, which stocks bespoke and ready-to-wear menswear. Founded by a husband-and-wife team who started by offering custom fittings in their Clinton Hill apartment, the collection (which is also stocked by Barneys) ranges from wedding-ready tuxedos to sharp suits and casual chambray shirts.

Merchandise at Catbird, Brooklyn, New York

Catbird

This tiny and much-loved boutique, located in the heart of thriving Williamsburg, offers a meticulously curated collection of jewelry, accessories, home goods and beauty products. Amid a girly, white-walled décor, find dainty pieces from little-known local designers, non-traditional engagement rings and fantastic gifts (whimsical stationary, Rodin oils and plenty more).

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Greenlight Bookstore

This beloved independent bookstore opened in 2009 and quickly turned into a Brooklyn institution. The selection is excellent, and the staffers are passionate readers who steer you to your next find based on the last book you truly loved. Notable sections include: a terrific assortment of titles about New York City; a beautiful selection of cookbooks, including many from nearby restaurants like Franny’s; and a fabulous kid’s corner.

The support of local authors has been unshakable since the beginning and there are always notable readings, having included authors like Jhumpa Lahiri, Jennifer Egan, Nathan Englander and Colson Whitehead. It’s in easy walking distance to the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Barclays Center.

Exterior View - Malin Landaeus,  Brooklyn, New York

Malin Landaeus

In a neighborhood overrun with vintage and thrift stores, Swedish owner Malin Landaeus’s eponymous shop has become a go-to for editorial shoots and designer research. Go for the exquisite collection of antique and vintage womenswear, and stay for the friendly vibe and vegan baked goods (served every Sunday). In addition to racks of decades-old duds, find hand-dyed silk clothing and Erica Weiner jewelry.

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PORTA PRODUCTS

PORTA

As a ceramics, glassware and tablescape fanatic, one of my favorite discoveries of the fall (2023) was PORTA, a beautifully curated homewares store that opened last October (2022) on Brooklyn’s shopping-centric Atlantic Avenue. Created by lifelong friends Alice Russotti and Francesca del Balzo—two London natives now living in Brooklyn—PORTA spotlights the craftsmanship of independent artisans and local makers discovered on their travels throughout Europe and beyond. Many of the collections are sourced from Italy, Portugal and France—like their exclusive collaboration launched this October with French artist and ceramicist Laetitia Rouget, whose whimsical pieces emphasize color, irreverence and the occasional Matisse-esque motif. As a gift for your favorite host, or yourself, PORTA’s impeccable finds are available to shop online or in the intimate flagship (360 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11217), which was designed by Studio Giancarlo Valle.

Here, the design duo discuss the creation of their brand and their approach to discovering great makers, and they share their favorite (oh-so-stylish) places to dine, stay, shop, source inspiration and explore—in Brooklyn, London and beyond.

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Sahadi’s

This beloved specialty food store on Atlantic Avenue has been open since 1895 and specializes in Middle Eastern ingredients.
Salt Lizard NYC Store

Salt Lizard

Great for antique-lovers and design-addicts alike, Salt Lizard has sourced some of the most unique antique pieces available in the city.

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Salter House

Salter House is a home goods and women’s clothing store that sells straw brooms, nightgowns with puffed sleeves & wooden kitchen utensils.
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Sarajo

A small boutique selling contemporary and antique textiles, including clothing and home decor from around the world.

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Tango

Tango is a women’s clothing shop first opened in 1970, with a curated selection of brands and designers.

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