Top 5: Splurge-Worthy Shops in Brooklyn

Like A Local Guide • 30 Jan, 2015

If one of your reasons for visiting New York is to shop until you can shop no more, then you’ve come to the right place. New York offers endless opportunities for shopping, but it can be tough figuring out exactly where to start. Our local Kelly has put together a list of Brooklyn’s more exclusive boutiques for those on an above-average budget who want to capture the essence of Brooklyn style today.

1. Brooklyn Industries – As Brooklyn as it gets!

Brooklynites are known for being especially proud of their borough, so it’s no surprise that Brooklyn Industries – a clothing company that prides itself in designing and producing locally – has become such a stronghold. It captures the characteristic aesthetic of its namesake all too well. Moreover, it’s a great place for buying souvenirs as many of its T-shirts are emblazoned with “BROOKLYN” and local iconography. They have boutiques scattered all across the city, just find the one closest to you.


Photo credit: Sean Davis

2. Find modern, all-American menswear at Epaulet

Home to menswear only, Epaulet is loved by locals for its modern take on American classics, including casual and semi-professional apparel – from workman’s boots to varsity jackets. It’s full of well-designed and well-made items that you won’t find anywhere else. If you don’t have that much money to spend, keep an eye out for sales!


Photo credit: Epaulet

3. Discover your next investment piece at French Garment Cleaners

You should visit French Garment Cleaners not if you simply have money to spend, but if you have money to burn. Single items typically range from $300–600, and the designs are truly sleek, modern and chic. French Garment Cleaners knows their target market well, so if you happen to be part of this privileged demographic, you’re bound to find something to please.


Photo credit: Mick O

4. Find a funky new outfit at Meg

Meg is a New York-based designer whose clothes are just the right combination of unique and wearable, professional and funky. You should visit Meg if you want to splurge on a designer piece unique to New York and of the Brooklyn aesthetic. Meg’s eye for textiles is obvious as many of her most beautiful pieces are sculpted from very unconventional materials. You won’t find any polyester here! You won’t find any menswear either, unfortunately.


Photo credit: Meg Shops

5. Hunt for treasures at Williamsburg Flea

Williamsburg Flea has something for everyone; from old records to antique furniture, from handmade jewellery to vintage postcards. The clothing and jewellery are more expensive compared to most vintage/thrift shops, but if you look closely you can find some real gems. Locals visit Williamsburg Flea on a weekly basis, hunting around for the best deals and the most unique items. Arrive early if you don’t want to miss out on the best bargains! And even if you leave empty-handed, the market is set by the East River, which in itself is a sight worth seeing.

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Photo credit: Sweet Fine Day

For more local recommendations read:
What locals like to do in New York
Where locals like to eat in New York
Where locals like to party in New York

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