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Best Indie Boutique for Women


Always ahead of the pack, Lara Fieldbinder knows what hip ladies want to wear even before they do. She stocks her Smith Street boutique, Dear Fieldbinder, with an eclectic mix of established designers (Twinkle, Lauren Moffatt) and daring up-and-comers (Margarita Saplala, Maurie & Eve), as well as cute pieces from her own DF label. And, unlike many other boutiques that carry mostly high-end labels such as Alexander Wang and 3.1 Phillip Lim, Dear Fieldbinder has plenty of affordable brands, such as Funktional and Motel Rocks, making shopping a relatively guilt-free experience. On a recent visit, we found a skull necklace by L.A.–based jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney for $31, the perfect black maxi skirt for fall by Aiko for $118, and an open-back cropped tunic by Grey Antics for $99. In other words, prepare to step into your dream closet. 198 Smith Street, Brooklyn, 718-852-3620, (11201)

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