Tue-Sat, noon-8pm; Sun, noon-6pm; Mon, closed
F, G at Bergen St.
American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Adele Berne and Michael Kuhle drew on their combined experience in fashion and retail to launch Epaulet in 2008. Housed in what used to be a funky sweater shop called Ohio Knitting Mills, the Carroll Gardens clothing store has lots of natural light, hardwood floors, magenta walls, and a white neon chandelier. Catering to design-conscious Manhattanites turned dog- and baby-toting Brooklynites, Epaulet stocks both recognizable styles, like easy-to-wear Tracy Reese knit dresses, and more quirky ones, like Minnetonka Moccasins. Menswear includes urban updates on classics, like pinstripe button-up shirts with fabric-covered buttons by Modern Amusement and nautically inspired shirts and tees by Maine-based Rogues Gallery. A full line of cocktail-party-ready dresses by Christopher Deane, denim by Cheap Monday, and fashion-forward footwear highlight the eclectic inventory for women. And the miscellany runs the gamut from leather-bound journals by teNeues to fair-trade woven handbags from Mad Imports to super-soft cotton T-shirts with cartoons by local artist Tom Eaton.
This NYC clothier specializes in American-made menswear with “a touch of British influence.” Grooms looking for a heritage-inspired suit without the usual price tag should snap up the $550 two-piece.