Shopping Brooklyn’s Atlantic Ave.
Published: July 2010
By Christine Ajudua
Once known as Antiques Row, this old New York City street is getting a style update. T+L takes a tour.
Acorn a Brooklyn Toy Shop
At this fairy tale of a store, you’ll find mobiles hand-stitched from Liberty of London fabrics, bamboo model airplanes made in Vietnam, German Waldorf dolls, and embroidered Mexican bibs. 323 Atlantic Ave.; 718/522-3760.
Hollander & Lexer
Oak floors, lacquered brick walls, and a sound track of gypsy music set the scene for Santa Maria Novella toiletries (originally made by Italian monks) and Borsalino fedoras mixed with Rogan knits, Filson bags, and Rachel Comey sandals. 358 Atlantic Ave.; 718/797-9190.
When you enter the Banquet you’re likely to find the owners—dressmaker Miranda Bennett and accessories designer Pamela Johnston—hard at work. The duo, who met at Parsons, make almost everything you see, from the flirty silk dresses to the Frida Kahlo–style hairpieces. 360 Atlantic Ave.; 718/522-6906.
Looking for a circa-1970 handmade Mexican wedding gown or a lightly used Bottega Veneta clutch? Former model and fashion buyer Christina Kolbe sells vintage finds that she picks up on road trips around the United States. 360 Atlantic Ave.; 347/987-3470.
Furniture designer Sohrab Bakhshi packs this space with everything from aluminum World War II military cases to vintage clocks, plus Bakhshi’s own creations (chandeliers made from water mains and motor-oil jars). 365-367 Atlantic Ave.; 718/923-1786.
Taxidermied heads of South African Cape buffalo and other animals hang on the walls, before an intriguing array of antiques and found objects (Victorian birdcages and clock bodies; hand-knotted Persian mats). Owners Hicham Benmira and Brian Cousins collect everything for sale here during their travels.
“Your home should be like a good dose of Zoloft” is a witticism that graces the walls of one of the irreverent potter-slash-designer’s newest shops. Inside, you’ll find groovy textiles (a pillow handwoven with a bright-orange British flag), modern dog bowls, hashish-scented candles, and more. 378 Atlantic Ave.; 718/855-0017.
Husband-and-wife team Eva and Gentry Dayton added some motorcycle chic to this minimalist, gallery-like boutique. Black and gray garments from Ann Demeulemeester and Rick Owens and leather bags and shoes from Italian labels Guidi and M.A+ are for sale in this white-on-white shop (there’s also a helmet turned handbag by Martin Margiela on display). 389 Atlantic Ave.; 718/260-9033.