This is the ninth installment of our 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:
Brooklyn has one of the best maternity stores in NYC: Bump Brooklyn. Before I show it’s lovely treasures and staples for the expecting mom, I have to mention what they are doing this weekend to celebrate Mother’s Day
Saturday & Sunday – 20% off all non-sale purchases and 10% off jewelry special orders
Saturday -2-4pm ice cream cones for everyone – asking for donations that they will match and be giving to local charity Providence House
Bump Brooklyn was started by Hannah Macdonald and SaSaDi Odunsi who bonded during downward-facing dogs in a mommy-baby yoga class back in 2007. Bump should be on the radar of all newly pregnant moms. They are super welcoming and knowledgeable. There are toys to play with if you are shopping with your kids (we all know how fun that is), and comfy chairs to relax in if that last trimester has worn you down.
I’m definitely not expecting and I still walked away with some new pieces I love – about 20% of the shop is non-maternity and many things I have bought in the past there I’m still wearing. Remember the ridiculously low cut jeans phase? Yeah, well it’s important to have tops that cover up the belly!
Jeans are actually one of Bump’s top selling items. They have a huge selection of denim. Sasadi, who is 8 months pregnant with her third, has test driven just about every jean on the market. Her pick is the Maternal America Skinny Jeans ($104). “They are skinny, but not too tight and a great cut for most body types, plus they work through all trimesters and even post-baby, and they have a nice waist band that stays up!” she claims.
If you are going to try and wear the jeans you own a little bit longer then this neat little gizmo the Muffin Top Stopper, made by a local mompreneur Mindy Greene, might tide you over.
I love an item that’s inexpensive and functional because then I can splurge on something irrational, yet pretty. My favorite dress in the shop was this fetching, and beautiful to feel, Schone Celine Silk Charmeuse Dress ($258) by local Brooklyn designer and new mother, Rebecca Schoneveld Cheek.
I always found dressing for pregnancy to be a lot of fun, showing off the curves with something I might never wear non-pregnant. But post-baby, the nursing wardrobe can be pretty dire. Pulling your dress over your head to breastfeed is never a good look, though I admit to doing it on one or two occasions. I imagine that’s why Bump’s other best sellers are these good-looking, practical nursing dresses. Each of these dresses have hidden openings to spare you that scenario. Dote Noir nursing dress (grey) $110 Jolie Nursing dress (blue) $110.
My other top pick were these bold chew beads, safe for babies to gnaw on while giving you a bit of glam. Very springtime colors, they really made me happy just looking at them.
Justine Cooper, our “Top of the Shop” 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. Justine was voted “Brooklyn’s Best Family Photographer” by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect.