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Where Catbird's Buyer Makes Her Cleopatra Dreams Come True

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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

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Today we chatted with Leigh Batnick, the buyer and manager at Brooklyn's Catbird, the self-proclaimed mecca for all things sparkly and exciting. Batnick also has a blog where she muses over pretty pictures, feminine poetry, and chic pads. And her favorite store is Flores Antique Clothing, located in Williamsburg, since she digs their glittering party dresses, leather boots, and selection of bags you really can't beat anywhere else.—Yale Breslin

Heretofore known as 'the secret thrift store' amongst my beautiful lady friends, Flores Antique Clothing on Grand Street is one of the few vintage spots in Williamsburg that maintains a vaguely thrift feeling. I just read Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century, on the plane to Paris for my honeymoon, and this summer, I plan on indulging a "1960s Cleopatra on the streets of Rome" fantasy, with the help of Mr. Flores. The racks here are crammed with beaded shifts, cropped furs, and embroidered Mexican pieces. My favorite purchase to date was a 1950s beige chiffon dress covered with masses of silk flowers that I cut down into a skirt. That same day Mr. Flores gave me a sequin clutch that he deemed too damaged to sell, which means that I happily leave a trail of sequins around town.
· Catbird NYC [Official Site]
· Jezebel Stationary [Official Site]


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Flores Antiques Clothing

529 Grand Street Brooklyn, New York NY 11211