Thursday, September 10, 2009

Pumps & Pleats: Rapisarda brings Brazil to Cobble Hill

Story and photos by Michèle De Meglio

From Claire’s Accessories to Cool Cat, Brooklyn has plenty of affordable jewelry shops. But there’s only one that’s outfitted with the coolest accessories from Brazil.

Rapisarda, a sweet boutique in Cobble Hill, offers a mind-blowing assortment of colorful bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings.

Many of the pieces, including a set of chunky resin bangles, are designed by shop owner Claudia Rapisarda, a native of Brazil.

Everything else in the store — from sunglasses to purses and scarves — is handpicked by Claudia. Trust me, she has a keen eye for what’s fab. Claudia has designed hats and accessories for many fashion stars, including Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan and Todd Oldham. Her pieces have even been worn by posh celebs like Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Alicia Keys. If J.Lo likes it, it’s gotta be good!

Good is an understatement. Upon walking into Rapisarda, shoppers are greeted by oodles of bright and shiny accessories. Should you make a right and check out the spread of Baggallini totes and rows upon rows of sunglasses? Or veer left and peruse the overflowing jewelry table? Left it is!

There’s thin circular hoops in rich plum and pastel pink shades. There’s even several pairs coated in Pucci-esque prints. The best part? They’re $12 to $15. Jackpot!

How about a turquoise knuckle ring? Or dangly feather earrings?

The shop also boasts a variety of leather wallets and handbags. Forget basic black and brown — give kiwi green, lemon yellow or juicy orange a try.

You can even grab one of Lug’s supremely soft quilted slings or knapsacks in matching citrus shades for just $35 to $65. At these prices, you can be frugal and fashionable!

Rapisarda is located at 177 Court Street. For hours, call 718-797-6863 or visit

Michèle De Meglio is a native Brooklynite addicted to all things chic. Check out Pumps & Pleats each week for more adventures as she scours the borough for fab duds and accessories.


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