Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumps & Pleats: 'Flirt' with all things cute

Story and photos by Michèle De Meglio

It pays to Flirt!

A Park Slope boutique, aptly named Flirt, has earned a faithful following of gals who love eclectic and trendy apparel and accessories.

The cozily cute shop is so jam-packed with divine dresses and haute handbags that it gives the impression of a vintage store. Not so, my friends. Everything here is spanking new.

In many instances, the pieces are designed and handmade by the store’s staffers. You won’t find this stuff in any other hipster haven!

While Flirt stocks amazing apparel — standouts include a yellow satin skirt and a slinky purple top — the accessories are to die for.

The colorful pieces scream, “Girls just want to have fun!” And yes they do!

A floppy straw hat gets a teasing twist with the addition of a silky scarf tied around the brim. The scarf’s pink and white zebra print offers an added bit of pizazz.

Chunky rings come in adjustable sizes thanks to the use of elastic bands. The elastics are affixed with oversized buttons in the shape of yellow sunflowers or blue moons, making for fun and affordable jewelry.

There’s another collection of unique and noteworthy rings at Flirt. These babies are crafted from black plastic and opt for quirky photos instead of baubles. Would you prefer an owl or a peacock? At nearly an inch long, these rings are large and in charge!

Speaking of bling, Flirt’s necklace counter is full of delightfully glitzy pieces. A personal favorite is a gold necklace made of cascading charms that resemble Spree candy. Yummy!

Flirt has a modest but respectable collection of handbags. A gray tote with brown leather handles adds a bit of whimsy to its classic shape thanks to a blue pen drawing of an octopus on the front of the bag. In a quirky twist, the tentacles spell out “Brooklyn.” How’s that for borough pride?

Flirt staffer Emily Geanacopoulos has several of the bags from her Applecart brand on display. These slings offer interesting asymmetrical zippers and come in various textile prints.

Head to the shop and find the handmade bag that best suits your style. After all, everyone loves to flirt.

Flirt is located at 93 Fifth Avenue. For hours call 718-783-0364 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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