Best of BoCoCa Boutiques
by Heather Liang and Christina Parrella, 11/06/2013
In BoCoCa there are more shopping options than anyone could physically tackle in one day. And in addition to the usual suspects like LF, hidden retail gems abound. Smith Street shop Article& (formerly Dear Fieldbinder) carries contemporary clothing carefully curated by Lara Fieldbinder, a shop owner who's been doing business in this location since 2005. Fieldbinder caters to local creative types looking for tailored, not-too-trendy career-wear pieces that are edgy and well made.
At the higher end of the retail spectrum is Bird, a boutique that offers women's wear labels like Acne and Isabel Marant alongside goods from local upstarts such as Brooklyn brand Apiece Apart. The more budget-friendly Kaight is devoted to eco-conscious threads from local and national designers such as Ti Mo and H Fredriksson. Kaight's whimsical mix of clothing, accessories, shoes and organic wear are all pesticide-free and ethically made.
Two additional shops, Lily Brooklyn and Pink Pepper Boutique, woo a varied clientele through a mix of trendy and modern clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories. At Lily you'll find many NYC-based brands, such as the casual line Lilla P, while Pink Pepper Boutique focuses on stylish ensembles for the voguish fashionista. Shop owner Nicola Salky-Johnson, a former buyer for Christian Dior, stocks a slew of national and international designers that evoke, as she puts it, the twofold yearnings of female shoppers: fun, girly threads and eye-catching after-work clothes. –Christina Parrella