Housing Works

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Like a Goodwill, except with taste. Lovely discards that only a jaded New Yorker could have given up. Get yourself psyched up by lingering over the elaborate window displays (usually stuff that’s being sold at auction) before heading inside for deals on vintage clothing, furniture, art, and jewelry. Lots of designer labels mixed in, Marc Jacobs, Chanel, Burberry, DKNY. Underrated spot for denim, too. Guilt-free shopping, as your money’s headed straight for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

Brooklyn Industries

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Started with messenger bags made from billboard vinyl, now becoming a full-fledged New York institution. Artist-owned and managed retailer runs under the philosophy: LIVE, WORK, CREATE and creative energy seeps through the creases in casual-but-hip men’s and women’s lines. Graphic tees a must-see, and for the kids, too. Get in and gear up before you take on the metropolis itself.

Brooklyn Industries

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Started with messenger bags made from billboard vinyl, now a full-fledged New York institution. Artist-owned and -managed retailer keeps to a Live, Work, Create philosophy. The creative energy seeps through creases in casual-but-hip men’s and women’s lines. Graphic T’s for the kids, too. Get in and gear up to take on the metropolis itself.

Teddy

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Upbeat boutique covers your casual and dressy needs. Tweedy skirts, retro-styled jackets like super-cool velvet bombers, sweater dresses, and a cocktail dress or two. Brands like BB Dakota and Tulle, the latest bags from London Fog. Well-edited selection, prices are under control for such nice design. Hats, boots, and surprisingly delicate jewelry as well.

Bird

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Born in 1999 and relocated in 2008 to a larger space in order to accommodate a men’s section, Park Slope boutique is something of an institution now. Previously the head buyer for Steven Alan, owner Jennifer Mankins travels far and wide to find colorful new brands for the store. Otherwise, you can always find Bird mainstays: Loeffler Randall, Acne, Isabel Marant, A.P.C., and the like.

OTTO

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The South Slope’s first boutique now moved up to a bigger space on Seventh. Immaculate pressed-tin ceiling, elegant wood flooring, amenable staff. Pricey, stylish threads counter the stroller tide. Seasonal array of women’s fashion, can range from buttery velvet-soft knits to swimwear to trim gloves and hats. A smattering of costume-y jewelry as well. Stuffed animals shelved near lacy intimates in back as kind of a cause/effect visual.

Razor

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No razor sharing necessary: stocks strictly male-only. Serves the elusive demographic of Park Slope metros. Spendy boutique offers slightly rugged looks that are definitely higher style than you’ll find on most stroller-pushing pops in these here parts. Jackets, denim, 7 Diamonds buttondowns. Also bags, cool distressed leather belts, vintage buckles. Pick up a travel clock for the globetrotting man in your life.

m.a.e.

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Tiny vintage shop is entirely lacking in that used clothes smell. No Beacon’s Closet here: consignment wares tend toward the luxury end. Funky, fun shoes in excellent condition. Amazing number of never-worn-looking Manolos. Also, bags, boots, and dresses that are more sleek than showy. Mint condition Betsey Johnson for under $150? Count us in!

Something Else

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Trendy spot eyeballing Brooklyn Industries from across Union. Weave through distracted, disinterested staff to check out nicely edited selection of Spiewak jackets, Ben Sherman button-downs, G-Star tops. Hoodies, local T’s, good shoe choices, too. Pick out some Miz Mooz or Kenneth Coles, save yourself the subway ride to your Manhattan cobbler.