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Bird

At the third outpost of her Brooklyn-based mini chain, owner Jennifer Mankin’s brand roster reads like a roll call of Brooklyn-guy favorites: sunglasses from Shipley & Halmos, button-downs and basics from A.P.C. and Paul Smith, bags from Want Les Essentiels, and accessories from Miansai.

Kinfolk

Bleu de Paname, Maharishi, Bedwin & the Heartbreakers, Delux, La Paz, and Shanana are among the clean-but-rugged menswear brands carried here. The Kinfolk tastemakers (and they are quite the international squad at this point) are true pros, as comfortable dealing with clothes as they are with bikes and graphic design.

Jane Motorcycles

With its sleek café racers, art books, buzzing espresso machines, and high-end biker apparel, this shop has been called the motorcycle crowd’s answer to Saturdays Surf. It’s one of a few stores in New York to sell London-based Lewis Leathers, and a great place to look into getting a custom bike.

10 Foot Single

The quality vintage menswear here includes varsity jackets and WWII–era bombers, but overall there’s a pervasive rock-n-roll vibe. It comes across in the old-school tees, the Chuck Taylors, the ample range of broken-in leather boots, and (naturally) the guitar-heavy in-store soundtrack.

Pilgrim

This specialty shop will sell you one of the hippest T-shirts around, or just patch your board up, take your pick. Try on some of the African-made Bantu trunks, no two of which are cut exactly the same. Pilgrim’s house brand shares shelf and table space with brands like Patagonia and Birdwell, as well as some of the most artfully cut surfboards available on the East Coast.

Kai D.

“Made for artisans,” this local brand proclaims, and it does indeed speak to today’s creative class with twill pants and moleskin work shirts. (Also, stray tools like hatchets and a nice selection of vintage belts.) Softened, stylish utility is the focus; a good number of the products are made in New York. Merchant Mills, Field Notes, Tatine, and Kajal London are among the brands.

Sharktooth

The antique and vintage textiles here add soul to any apartment. Floor coverings range from Swedish shag to Amish rag. The nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Persian and Caucasian rugs are stunners. Don’t miss the indigo over-dyed patchwork quilts, which sell from $175 to $450.

Gentry

Heritage-inspired menswear by the likes of Engineered Garments, Our Legacy, Nanamica, Junya Watanabe, Ovadia & Sons, and Il Bisonte are among the international indie draws at this well-stocked store, which, until recently, did business under the name HW Carter & Sons. Gentry’s well-made house label is in the mix, too.

Loren

A go-to for denim repairs, this small, white-walled specialty shop sells extra-special jeans as well, from rare vintage specimens to custom pairs courtesy of owner Loren Cronk. Have a look at the bow ties, belts, and other accessories produced in collaboration with Cronk’s designer neighbors. 

Adaptations

The folk rugs and other vintage items here are salvaged from industrial and farmhouse environs. Housed in a warehouse, this shop is open from 2–6 pm on weekends and appointments-only during the week.

Kill Devil Hill

This treasure chest of vintage-inflected Americana has populated many a best-store list since opening in 2008. Owners Mary Brockman and Patrick Dacy source the merchandise (jewelry, animal skulls, Victorian bedposts) from Rust Belt towns, and present them in extra-tidy, plank-floored surroundings. This is the place to get antlers. Ask about the custom aprons. 

Bellocq

Relocated to Brooklyn from London, this connoisseur’s boutique has everything a tea lover could want: hand-woven brass strainers, porcelain sugar bowls, and a fragrant array of loose-leaf custom blends that veer toward the dry and woodsy end of the flavor spectrum. Super-specialized options include rare sencha and a ten-year-aged white peony.

Sri

A hip husband-and-wife team sells a nice mix of crafty home goods: leather-seat campstools, indigo-dyed and western-inspired pillows, hand-glazed ceramic mugs. Cowhide rugs from Brazil are an exception to the pervading made-in-Brooklyn vibe.

Modern Anthology

Vintage and modern furniture, home and personal accessories, and well-chosen menswear—everything from tufted leather sofas to washed oxford shirts—are sold here, in a beautiful space that resembles an old-time science lab. The company also runs a creative firm, evident in the expert arrangements.

Front General Store

Vintage aficionado Hideya Sagawa’s boutique is the real deal: leather jackets, bow ties, brogues, sunglasses, Navajo jewelry, government-issued watch caps, and no display-only teases. (Many of the vintage items have never been worn.) There’s also, eccentrically, a great selection of houseplants.

Hatchet Outdoor Supply

This relative newcomer hits an elevated note you won’t find at Manhattan adventure hubs like Paragon and REI. Real-deal pocketknives and ultra-light equipment share space with Filson and Barbour pieces, hemp Jungmaven T-shirts, and hand-made ceramic mugs from Oregon.

Goose Barnacle

Fourth-generation Brooklynite David Alperin’s concept store nods in subtle ways at his Spanish heritage, but this gallery-esque space is really about his discerning eye. He’s picked out brands like Naked & Famous, Norse Projects, and Crate Denim—but no more than a dozen clothing lines total—as well as stylish fine art, top-notch grooming products, and a savvy range of magazines.

Twisted Lily

This sparely decorated, indie-oriented parfumerie sells great men’s stuff, too: Plant Brooklyn body wash, Penhaligon’s deodorant, Schaf face washes, and and buttery shave oil from Brooklyn Grooming that’s made from organic sesame and avocado oils.

WP Lavori

The first American flagship of this noted international distributor and retailer popped up on the main Carroll Gardens drag about a year ago. Based in Bologna, Lavori has an exclusive licensing agreement with Woolrich brands and outright ownership of Baracuta, which makes for an excellent mix of heritage menswear in the boutique’s sunken back room. The shop also sells a nice mix of Barbour, Shinola, and other solid labels.

Wooden Sleepers

A successful e-commerce venture goes offline at this Red Hook boutique, a vintage shop with an emphasis on a bygone East Coast aesthetic. Think cracked-leather bombers, sturdy L.L.Bean boots, thirties Mackinaw jackets, and chunky animal- motif cardigans. Weekday visits are open by appointment only. 


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