Unless you were a student at Pratt, it used to be that a movie at BAM or a quickie spin through Target on Flatbush Avenue were the top draws for luring folks to Brooklyn's Fort Greene area</strong>. But since the explosion that is the Brooklyn Flea Market along with a host of other cool boutiques and exceptional little eateries, the artsy area that hasn't quite surrendered to full-on gentrification (and that's how we like it!) has emerged as one of Brooklyn's most inviting neighborhoods. Here's where we shop when we get off the G train.

Saffron</strong>, 31 Hanson Place (between St. Felix St and Fort Greene Place)
718-852-6053 Just across the street from Valentino Shoes the Atlantic Terminal is vintage clothing store and florist Saffron, which features an eclectically bizarre mix of prepster looks from Woolrich and Pendleton rubbing shoulders with ancient kimonos. Bonus points for traditional Japanese Ikebana floral bouquets and the rotating monthly artists' gallery. Prices range from $5 for vintage post-cards to $400 for one-of-a-kind Japanese haoris.


Indie fashion spot Cloth lays Valentino Sale claim to being Fort Greene's first venue for local fashionistas. This bold assertion is backed up by threads from Velvet, Park Vogel, American Vintage, and Stewart+Brown. Thrown into the mix are goodies from Brooklyn's handcrafted-soap-maker Saipua and, on our last visit, some adorable kid-sized galoshes. For $60 you can score knit tees from Velvet. 22k Diamond Briolette earrings by Margaret Solow will set you back $580.