This is the seventh installment of our new feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a biweekly look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then our favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. Amazing photographer, Justine Cooper, has agreed to take on the feature, even though she is mainly known for her family portrait work (See her “Spotted” work for us). I think you will appreciate getting to see Brooklyn stores through her elegant photography. Let us know what you think.
From Justine about the shoot and shop:
The Green Onion, an independent children’s boutique, is one of my standby destinations when I’m looking for a special gift, plus I often pick up a great item or two from their sales rack. If I’m feeling flush, I’ll splurge on something interesting for one of my kids (they have great boy clothes which is hard to find!) I also love their focus on seasonal collections, so I’ll know what I’m buying is what’s hot now. Their selection spans infant through tween clothing from both classic brands like Petite Bateau and Tea, to more one-off and local pieces from both known (Egg) and up and coming labels (Kid Cuteture). Elliesha Villanueva has owned TGO since 2008, but it’s been around since 1998, growing with the neighborhood. I liked how helpful and knowledgeable she was about all the lines she carries.
Vintage tables and shelves with yummy items tucked in everywhere
Jasper models one of The Green Onion’s top sellers – Melton’s full face fleece lined hat ($27). Apparently Jasper already owns one and his mom declared it the only hat he’ll wear. Plus it’s got a scarf built in. Cozy.
TGO’s top selling items for babies are these Imps & Elfs rompers which highlight that cute baby shape and get snapped up for Layettes.
While technically not the best sellers in the spirit of the holidays, I thought these Dale Kaplan cupcake and cowboy pillows were pretty irresistible. She is a local artisan who has been making vintage inspired pieces since 1993 ($45)
For toddlers and young children, these sweaters by Egg are Top of the Shop. Dumbo designer Susan Lazar knows what kids and parents will like. My own son always needs to bring a toy with him in order to leave the house, so the brown boy style with pockets rocks.
And for the holiday footwear I’m definitely going with these Old Soles metallic shoes for my, about to walk, bub. I loved the grips and the bottom.
The Green Onion
74 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Justine Cooper, our “Spotted!” photographer, loves capturing babies and families so much, she made a career out of it. Originally trained as a photojournalist, she also has a Masters in Fine Art. She splits her time between creating work for galleries and shooting families in the New York area. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn. Her portrait work can be seen at www.justinecooperphotography.com. You can see HER photo on our About page.