Talkin’ Shop: Vanderbilt Avenue

Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn has over the past few years become a destination location with bars, restaurants and shops dotting the blocks from Atlantic Avenue to Park Place.

With the opening three years ago of her lifestyle boutique, Fabrica, interior designer Demi Adeniran brought her modernist sensibility to the burgeoning retail/dining corridor.

Demi’s aesthetic has garnered her several pages in this month’s Domino Magazine, highlighting her lovely Brooklyn home, her decade-long residential interior design service, and the shop.

An instructor in the interior and industrial design departments at the Parsons School of Design, Demi is well versed in the history of art and design and has a comprehensive knowledge of textiles. This foundation is at the heart of her store offerings: mid-century modern furnishings refurbished and reupholstered in the fabrics selected by her trained eye.

Home accessories add palate pleasing pops of color in pillows from John Robshaw, feathered ceremonial headdresses (on special order from Cameroon) and a selection of textiles from around the world. Glassware and ceramics befitting the modern table abound. Options from mid-cen mod lamps to scented Archipelago candles make provision for ambient lighting. Objets such as African masks, gilded Buddha figures and vintage globes punctuate the space and an eclectic selection of mirrors lines the walls. Rounding out the merchandise in the bright, colorful shop is a collection of jewelry from Africa, Brazil and several Brooklyn artisans.

In honor of the holiday season, everything in the store is 10% off; with a 20% discount offered on tabletop goods. To commemorate the recent addition of books to the Fabrica merch mix, Demi will bake goodies from the book Baking for All Occasions and serve them in the shop this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 11am – 6pm) along with the French hot chocolate she now stocks, Les Confitures à l’ Ancienne.

Drop by, do some gift shopping and if you’re lucky, have Demi’s delightful, whip-smart daughter, 5-year-old Sade walk you through the store’s collection of imagination-engaging classic toys.

For last-minute shoppers, Fabrica will be open on Christmas Eve from 3pm to 7pm.

Fabrica LLC

619 Vanderbilt Avenue



photo courtesy of Fabrica, LLC

Once you’ve dressed your home, dress yourself. Just blocks away from Fabrica near the stately arch of Grand Army Plaza, is the shop that brought style to the avenue, Pieces. Married proprietors, the savvy and attractive Latisha and Colin Daring are the perfect “face” for their business –hip, energetic and innately stylish. The Brooklyn shop recently doubled its space to accommodate its growing menswear offerings and to introduce a collection of clothing for children (including the line, Brycewear.)

Latisha brings her stylist’s eye, her retail acumen and her understanding of the Pieces customer (or “client” as she would say) to her selections as buyer for the store. Her fashion-forward offerings include Robert Durant, Adeleke and the vintage collection Worn Revolution. Fierce heels for women and fly kicks for men from the likes of Pour La Victoire and Public Royalty up the style ante.

This Thursday, December 18 from 6 – 9pm, vivacious designer Mimi Turner will be on hand for a trunk show and merchandise throughout the store will be up to 60% off. Christmas Eve brings discounts of up to 70% off from 3 – 8 pm.


671 Vanderbilt Avenue




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