Take a field trip across the bridge to find one-of-a-kind accessories
Though gifting jewelry on Valentine’s Day seems like a no-brainer, Brooklyn’s shop-filled Williamsburg neighborhood is home to a trio of boutiques stocking baubles that are anything but cliche. Take a field trip across the East River to discover lesser-known and local designers and their truly creative, sometimes somewhat edgy wares.
Step inside this Bedford Avenue boutique and you’ll find yourself swept up in the quaint treasure trove of jewelry and accessories, punctuated with paper goods, candles, home decor items and other distinctive treasures. Though bound by a unifying vintage-inspired, sometimes quirky vibe, the beauty of Catbird lies in its variety—there’s something to fall in love with at every price and style, so take your pick from the in-house line to designers like Erica Weiner, Digby & Iona, Unearthen, Hortense, and so many more.
In just about two years Brooklyn-based designer Caitlin Mociun has grown her jewelry collection to fill a retail shop on Wythe Avenue, while expanding her custom business to outfit brides and bauble-hunters all over the world. Her pieces stick to delicate silhouettes with unexpected elements like “fake” gemstones cast in metal, mismatched earrings in diamonds and other stones, and wedding bands built with a peak for engagement ring nesting. Her store encompasses the overall Mociun lifestyle look, stocking ceramics, beauty products from Aesop and Saipua soaps, other jewelry lines like Iacoli & McAllister and textile items from Baggu, Chen and Kai and others.
Hit up the Brooklyn outpost of OAK for a one-stop shop specializing in ultra-current apparel, accessories, beauty and home. Falling in line with a sleek, cutting-edge character is the jewelry selection, which includes minimal studs by Katrine Kristensen, statement cuffs and rings by Chris Habana teetering towards grotesque, and even a pony-hair ring by Stanmore, which also comes in lapis for the more traditional tastes.