Aspiring Fashionista, Suzy Quinn, Traverses the ‘Burg

My top 5 clothes shops in Williamsburg

Shopping in hip Greenpoint and Williamsburg
Greenpoint, Brooklyn was my home for two years, until this July when I moved (alas!) to the far afield neighborhood of Lefferts Gardens. During my cushy middle-class, hipster-esque, North-Brooklyn-y existence, I was fortunate enough to make my own hours as a freelance writer and photographer. Everyday I’d spend some time trolling the streets of Greenpoint and neighboring Williamsburg—the area surrounding McCarren Park, Bedford Avenue, the blocks nearing the waterfront, and even all the way south to… well… South Williamsburg.

Along the way, I stumbled upon some real shopping gems. It must be said that this group of boutiques single-handedly controlled my disposable income for 24 gloriously stylish months. So without further ado, here is my list of favorite Williamsburg fashion outposts. I hope you get the chance to visit them all.

Buffalo Exchange
The buyers here have a great eye for fashion, and sell a variety of consigned (used) styles in excellent condition. If you’re consigning, go early and get a sweet spot in line. If you’re buying, bring a friend and play dress-up. At last check, there were a few great floor attendants (hey to Jenn!) who man the crowded clothing racks. (504 Driggs Ave., near N, 9th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; 718-384-6901; L Subway to Bedford Ave.; open Mon–Sat 11 am–8 pm, Sun 12 pm–7 pm; Website:

Antoinette Vintage
Edgy, exciting and mostly vintage, Antoinette is my new favorite store. It has a great collection of cute pieces from various decades, as well as new handmade items like specialty clogs. The retro vibe here reminds me of the nearby OddFellows Ice Cream Parlor, except with less ice cream and more seersucker. (119 Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; 718-387-8664; L Subway to Bedford Ave. or East River Ferry to N. Williamsburg; open Mon–Sat 12pm–7pm, Sun 12pm–6pm; Website:

vintage clothing store Antoinette in Williamsburg

Treehouse Brooklyn
Siri is the conscientious and fabulous owner/jewelry designer of this niche boutique on the East side of Williamsburg. Her bamboo shirts are incredible—kind of like a markedly stylish Snuggie. The store keeps some odd hours, but every time I wander in, I leave with my next paycheck’s worth of goodies. This place is a real treat for the HIPPIE-hipster. (430 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; 718-482-8733; L subway to Graham Avenue; open Tues–Sun typically 1pm–8pm, Website:

Although it’s not a clothing store, I’ve included Baggu because a good backpack goes a long way. Their flagship store on North 3rd Street sells bags in a bunch of bright, bold and beautiful colors and patterns. I love a sweet fabric knapsack, and after visiting their shop, so will you. (242 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; 800-605-0759; L subway to Bedford Ave., open Tues–Fri 11 am–7 pm, Sat-Sun 12pm–7pm, closed on Monday; Website:

In God We Trust
I’m mostly a window-shopper at this boutique; my modest salary does not leave much room for these fancy, fine wares. But I’ve walked in before, even purchased once or twice. It’s a cleverly-stocked (if somewhat sparse) selection of hip mens’ and womens’ fashion. I dig the locally-crafted items and often ogle the mannequin’s latest threads from a safe distance outside. Love the new patio! (129 Bedford Ave., near N. 10th St.; Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY; 718-384-0700; L subway to Bedford Ave.; Website: