224 Wythe Ave., at N. 4th St., Williamsburg; 718-387-3731
This square box of a store, located on the ground floor of a condo building, epitomizes a style many Brooklyn shops only aspire to—lovingly worn farmhouse meets sleek urban loft. In the sun-filled space, jewelry and textile designer Caitlin Mociun curates an ever-shifting array of handmade housewares and accessories, with a focus on clean lines and earth tones interspersed with pops of color. Prices range accordingly: Ceramic spoons that could pass for art objects are $34, playful porcelain fingers are $98, and a quilt made from packing blankets is $4,000. The shop carries bolts of the designer’s graphically patterned fabric and her full line of jewelry—delicate pieces that often pair gold with asymmetrically placed gemstones (from $185). What holds the eclectic assortment together is Mociun’s epically well-honed sense of aesthetics, which is so good you wish you could just install the entire store in your living room, piece by piece.
Best Brooklyn Boutique
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).