Thursday, October 14, 2010

'Punk' style

By Meredith Deliso

A “punk” annual tradition returns to DUMBO, while two new stores bring fashionable styles to Red Hook and Clinton Hill. Here’s what’s on our market watch this week.

Celebrate steampunk culture, fashion and craftsmanship at DUMBO Loft on Oct. 24. What is steampunk, you say? Think “Victorian-era science fiction,” says writer August Wahnsinger (pictured), a student in the matter.

“Anything that can be envisioned as a part of a scientifically advanced ‘steam’ era can be properly described as steampunk, going back to the works of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.”

Helping get you there are wearable wunderkammer from Ami Nyitray Designs, unique vestments by Kristin Costa, and clothes with an old world charm from Berit New York.
If youíre looking for a new bodice or clockwork-inspired accoutrements, this one’s for you.

Steampunk Day at DUMBO Loft [Water Street at Pearl Street in DUMBO, (718) 858-9805], Oct. 24 from 11 am-8 pm. Fashion show at 4 pm, with $5 entry. For info, visit

The former Atlantis antique shop in Red Hook is getting a new life. Vacant for over a year, the Van Brunt Street space welcomes Everbrite Mercantile Company, a design shop specializing in quirky yet stylish home décor and clothing that opened this week.

Owner Mollie Dash’s handcrafted vintage jewelry was previously only available on Greenpoint boutique Old Hollywood’s website. Now, her gems are joined by items that would be at home at the Brooklyn Flea, like bird’s foot bookends, a rope money clip, and a literal smoking gun — a cigarette holder in the shape of a, well, gun.

Talk about a conversation starter.

Everbrite Mercantile Company [351 Van Brunt St. between Dikeman and Wolcot streets in Red Hook, (718) 522-6121]. Closed Mondays. For info, visit

This one’s for the ladies. Say hello to the latest shop to pay homage our borough’s fine name — Brooklyn Stone Boutique.

The Fort Greene boutique carries a range of luxury brands and independent designers at affordable prices for fashionistas with a flair. Its current stock is perfect for the fall, from leather handbags by Beirn to black thigh high boots to patterned riding jackets. Beauty products and home décor items are also for sale.

Tuesdays are by appointment for personal shopping, so you don’t leave any stone unturned.

Brooklyn Stone Boutique [366 Myrtle Ave. between Adelphi and Clermont avenues in Fort Greene, (347) 763-2041]. Grand opening Oct. 16 from 2-6 pm. For info, visit


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