Sunglasses, large bright totes and colorful jewelry were a common trend on Manhattan Avenue to start off spring. From there, no time was wasted hitting the pavement and reviewing a couple of the local Brooklyn boutiques to rate the latest spring inventory they had to offer.
Outside of the kitschy Fred Flare on Meresole Avenue at Leonard Street, we couldn’t help but notice the newly painted pink and white striped construction fence that led us right into the front door. Upon entering we were graciously welcomed by the staff wearing FF’s latest cheery spring prints and accessories.
They were hosting the Madeleine Rose Tea Party Spring invitational for their loyal customers, bringing them the most stylish, Fred Flare Spring inspirations. Madeleine Rose is their imaginary, feminine, French icon they used for their spring vision, showcasing fresh vintage florals, fabulous ditsy prints, platform shoes and brightly colored tights and leggings from top designers Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson.
Aside from their collection from designers such as BB Dakota, Alexandria and Necessary Objects, unusual gift items and house wares are their specialty. We noticed the crowd engaging and perusing through the large assortment of gifts and house wares that take up more than half of the store.
From vintage NYC subway maps to novelty ice cream cone shaped lamps to super fun “face” plates that you style and decorate with your dinner, it’s a guaranteed good time shopping here.
Around the corner on Franklin Street we ran into Old Hollywood, one of the most exciting places to shop in Greenpoint. Tiffany, ex-Kentuckian, owner and operator of Old Hollywood carries the most unique, unusual and original jewelry selection around.
Her eclectic collection of vintage clothes for men and women, in addition to her never ending selection of jewelry, provide a complete ‘one-stop’ shop for the progressive, fashion forward customer.
New for their “Spring Fling” they are carrying a crowd pleasing inventory of local jewelry designers including Fancy Sexy Me, In God We Trust and Elizabeth Knight to name a few. For the 2011 spring season, their favorite picks of the season include – but are not limited to – the following: knuckle duster rings, beetle jewelry and 1920/1930’s era macramé necklaces. The diverse selection of vintage inspired jewelry embraces any demographic, man or woman regardless of style. Prices range from $10.00 to $500.00.
It’s easy to see how much they care about and love what they do by constantly encouraging feedback and new ideas from customers.
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