The Best New Brooklyn Boutiques

08/13/2014 4:00 AM |

Jill Lindsey

We can’t gush enough over designer Jill Lindsey’s first brick-and-mortar boutique, which really shouldn’t even be subjected to such limiting nomenclature; just last week, the shop debuted an in-store café, bar, and backyard garden, with a downstairs bridal annex to come sometime in the future. But besides expanding what it means to be a retail shop, Lindsey has also added her homey, personal touch to the neighborhood: She often hosts classes and workshops that encompass a range of fields, be they fashion, crafting, and even therapy (she’s held a three-part emotions-based, therapeutic workshop in the store), as well as outdoor DJ dance parties, and even sing-alongs for kids led by Brooklyn musicians. Lindsey has also certified herself as the go-to girl for special occasion dresses, nearly all of which are one-of-a-kind, though should a wrong-sized dress in the store catch your eye, she’ll make it again, custom-designed. Aside from the designer’s own pieces, you’ll also find beachy tie-dye tops and dresses from UPSTATE, men’s Ts and sweatshirts, lotion and soap from Apotheke, floral arrangements, and gorgeous wooden spoons and rolling pins by Willie Martin, a woodworker and fly fisherman in Patagonia. Not to mention it’s the only place around where Fort Greene residents can peruse one-of-a-kind, custom-designed garments and home goods with a glass of wine in hand.

370 Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene