The Best New Brooklyn Boutiques

08/13/2014 4:00 AM |

Chess & the Sphinx

The beautiful vintage pieces at Bushwick boutique Chess & the Sphinx conjure images of the most iconic women of the twentieth century; each item preserved and lying in wait for you to decide just who you might want to wake up and channel today. Because we don’t know about you, but some days we wake up feeling like Jackie O (“I will get these thank you notes written today!”), while other days we’re more like Daria (“There’s no point in writing thank you notes.”). And those are just the days when we need to write thank you notes! We won’t even get into what happens the rest of the time.

Chess & the Sphinx co-owners Sara Chess and Erika Perenic have carefully curated everything from Hepburn-esque black dresses to Peg Bundy-like leopard bodysuits to Marcia Brady-ish bandeau swimwear (plus Lana Del Rey’s entire wardrobe) into an easily digestible display for vintage connoisseurs and amateurs alike. Small selections of sleepwear, lingerie, shoes, bags, belts, jewelry, barrettes, and knickknacks fill out the shelves.

Chess and Perenic’s deep love for fashion and history is obvious, but so is their respect for the Brooklyn girl (they’re Bushwick residents themselves). Prices only occasionally top $100, merchandise is frequently updated, and their friendly in-store demeanor draws out the inner style icon we didn’t even know we had. After all, most of the time we’re just happy to leave the house with some semblance of clean hair and a dress copped from Angela Chase’s closet. But Chess & the Sphinx has us covered those days, too.

252 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick