Summer is that you bae?
The break in weather signals park loungin’, sun bakin’ day drinkin’ and, clothes shoppin’. I’ll admit, I’m the girl that haaaaaates shopping. So much so that instead of buying new clothes, I just take stuff out of my mom’s closet at the top of each season. Jackye is now hip to my scamming and the shame of covertly lugging suitcases full of her clothes back and forth between BK and Philly has forced me back into the world of shopping. Lucky for you readers, it means a new series has landed on the site.
Welcome to ShopBK!!!
Each month, I’ll be shouting out stores and boutiques below 14th Street that I’d sell a kidney or firstborn for in the place of a signature piece. Today’s inaugural post is also sharing booking with iSo14below’s monthly Year of the Real Black Girl series, which highlights black girls in NYC doing dope sh*t!
We obvi have to kick things off in my hood, so our first feature is the insanely amazing Shirley + Alice!
Owned by celeb stylist Khalilah Beavers, Shirley + Alice was a welcomed addition to our area, as Catcistas was the only vintage shop around and it mostly serves the fly auntie demo. Named for her grandmothers, the boutique is a serious homage to two women who clearly know their way around a showstopping piece.
Whenever I stroll in, I’m immediately blown away by the merchandising. Each rack has its own theme and feel, that I’m sure makes it hard for clients to not swipe the entire thing!
Besides the beautifully curated vintage, Shirley + Alice features clothing, jewelry, and beauty products made by indie designers. From rings to nail polish, lip balm to sunnies, it’s the perfect one-stop bad b*tch shop.
I know what you’re all asking…what dat pricepoint talmbout doh?! SOOPER affordable! Vintage in Brooklyn can be Bergdorfs-lite, but Khalilah does an awesome job with providing unique and quality garms that leave you with enough money to pay a bill or two with. They also have a sale rack if you’re looking for a super steal!
The spirit of Bed-Stuy fills the room as soon as you walk in. It’s like walking into your homegirl’s closet playing dress up before going out. It also doesn’t help that when I stopped by, one of my girls, DeAngela happened to be in the shop. She’s an amazing artist/designer and you can cop her pieces at Shirley + Alice!
If I haven’t fangirled enough, I truly love Shirley + Alice. If you aren’t one of our lovely neighbors, make a day out your trip over with brunch at Emeline’s and a stroll through Khalilah’s husband’s art space, the Richard Beavers Gallery (formerly House of Art Gallery). They currently have a beautiful show on display commemorating the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Riders. Polish it all off with a drink from Bed-Vyne Cocktail and you’re set!
Shirley + Alice
434 Marcus Garvey Blvd, BK
images by: Atoosa Moinzadeh