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Cloak & Dagger
Best New Men’s Store
This stylishly utilitarian outpost is packed with letterman’s jackets and Civil War screen prints all designed, manufactured and sold in Bushwick and Williamsburg. Plus: free alterations!
Best New Women’s Store
Cloak & Dagger
This hybrid vintage store, upscale retailer, and apothecary has even more to offer at its newest Boerum Hill incarnation. Helmed by the fittingly named former Pratt student Brookelynn Starnes, the store has fittingly created Brooklyn accessories like leopard print bicycle helmets.
Best New Made-in-Brooklyn Item
Digby + Iona’s engagement rings
The new “Inigo & Atreyu” wedding collection by designer Aaron Ruff features earthy styles and unique details like gray diamonds and scalloped engravings. Also kudos for bearing the name of characters from both Princess Bride and The Neverending Story.
Best Handmade Jeans
Designer Loren Cronk lovingly constructs each pair of jeans, shorts, and even guitar straps by hand at this Greenpoint denim vendor. And these artisan threads are even affordable: men’s jeans can cost as little as $60.
Best Bedroom-Based Jewelry Designer With A Name That Sounds Sort of Like A Strange Sex Act
It’s hard to throw a trendily chained rock in this borough without hitting a DIY jewelry designer, but while many purvey wares that look like our little sisters’ charm-and-chain creations after a trip to the bead store, WAXTHEDUCK bucks the Etsy cliches by producing stunningly complex necklaces that, like only the very best fashion commodities, blur the line between art and craft.
Best 50s Vintage On Budget
While you may ogle the gorgeous 50s modern pieces at Baxter & Liebchen in Dumbo, RePop, recently moved from Fort Greene to Williamsburg, will deliver more of a scavenger’s thrill, at a much less hefty price tag. This jewel of a store is small, so come back often and get to know the friendly staff.
Best Steel Furniture
If you’ve always dreamed of just the perfect vintage medicine cabinet doubling up as a bookcase or a nightstand, look no further. Two Jakes also has a good selection of metal tables and vintage lamps, though the latter can be pricey.
Best Imaginary Trend We Just Made Up a Minute Ago As An Exercise in Scaring Ourselves
The Male Legging
Surely it’s only a matter of time before our culture countenances dudes walking around with Oliver-as-Hamlet crotch bulge peeking out from below the hemline of a silkscreened t-shirt, no? Quick, everybody move away from this ridiculous country, remembering first to request an absentee ballot.