Mon-Sat, 11:30am-7:30pm; Sun, noon-6pm
F, G at Bergen St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Before landing in the retail world, Lara Fieldbinder attended art school and worked at the Guggenheim. It’s no surprise, then, that her tidy Smith Street shop feels a bit like a gallery, with white three-dimensional forms popping subtly off white walls, streamlined mid-century modern furniture, and vividly colorful prints of geometrics, florals, and plaids lining the racks. Her typical customer lives locally and might be a blogger, artist, or young mom (or all of the above), and is thrilled to not have to schlep into Manhattan for tailored, trend-driven pieces from Ted Baker or Rachel Mara. Fieldbinder anchors her inventory with an eclectic sampling of designers like Laura Stang of pattern-crazy Porridge; New Zealander Deborah Sweeney, who unleashes her unabashedly feminine sensibility on wool cape coats and ruffled tops; and Angeleno rising star Corey Lynn Calter, known for turning out flirty, of-the-moment frocks that won't blow the budget. The shop also sells shoes (Butter is well-represented) and lots of locally made jewelry, though among the accessories, handbags are the biggest draw: Fashion-forward workhorses from labels like Knox (Brooklynite Jessica Maxcy's line) share space with Rachel Nasvik's textured leather totes and hobos.Sales