We give fashionable locals a place to go and they get All Dressed Up.
Shira Entis, co-founder of Williamsburg-based tote shop Fleabags and thrift shopper extraordinaire, met Bedford + Bowery by the Graham L wearing a Goofy t-shirt with many holes and her own sewn-on patches. She combined it with a heavy silver necklace inlaid with turquoise, frayed jorts, and a straw sunhat tied with a black ribbon.
After getting a fashion design master’s in Savannah in 2005, Shira lived in Williamsburg for seven years before giving up her “extremely pleasant seven-block walk” to work and moving to Fort Greene last year. Her favorite designers are the early 20th century Parisian Paul Poiret, trailblazer of corset-less dresses and the flapper aesthetic, and Miriam Haskell, who created decadent costume jewelry from the ’20s to the ’60s.
“Even though my bag designs are more utilitarian and classic,” she explained, “I love intricate detail and bright colors.”
Born in a warehouse on Williamsburg’s Hope Street in the late ’90s under the moniker Atlantis Basement, the shop keeps its current home on Metropolitan Avenue filled with rows and rows of faded t-shirts, a blue-jean ocean in every length, shade, and degree of rattiness, and the occasional sequined ball gown. You’d strain yourself looking for an item that costs more than $30, and most pieces are $5 or $10. Check out our slideshow to see what Shira found in her outfit expedition, from an “A#1 Grandpa” tee to a maybe-but-probably-not real Fendi purse.