Since 1941, brides-to-be have made the pilgrimage to Kleinfeld in Bay Ridge for wedding dresses. Now the neighborhood mainstay has relocated to a larger, 35,000-square-foot space in Manhattan (110 W. 20th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 646-633-4300), with room for a 100-foot runway that will be used in fashion shows, a custom sewing room that houses more than 90 in-house seamstresses, fitters, and beaders, and more than 1,500 styles from designers like Monique Lhuillier, Amsale, and Jim Hjelm.
For those who prefer to call comics “graphic novels,” Rocketship (208 Smith St., nr. Butler St., Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn; 718-797-1348) shelves its copies of Love & Rockets, Persepolis, and classic manga in a serious, librarylike atmosphere. Best sellers are new “Gasoline Alley” reprints and Adrian Tomine’s limited-edition sketchbook; you’ll also see gallery showings from local artists.
Helen Wang’s girly frocks can now be found in her first freestanding store (69 Mercer St., nr. Broome St.; 212-997-4180). What you won’t see at Montmartre and Bloomingdale’s are Wang’s newly launched jewelry line, children’s clothes, men’s shirts, and home accessories.
Also: American Eagle’s inexpensive prepster clothes are now in Union Square (17-19 Union Sq. W., at 15th St.; 212-645-2086). Dashing Diva has opened a third nail salon in New York (129 Smith St., nr. Dean St., Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn; 718-875-1210). And Yohji Yamamoto has reopened its Soho store (103 Grand St., at Mercer St.; 212-966-9066) after a redesign, with all lines now represented.