Brooklyn's Cog & Pearl specializes in the stitched, the knit, and the hand-soldered. Nifty works from local artists include colorful cotton and felt brooches ($14 to $22), pinhole photography kits ($45), and chic handbags crafted from vintage automobile fabrics ($80 to $120). There's also a countertop complement of swell gift cards ($3 to $6), DIY embroidery sets in Country Cool or Gothic Garden patterns ($3), and vaguely naughty Edward Muybridge flip books ($4).
We love Cog & Pearl. We really do. But there's something about its delicate and serene aesthetics that make you feel like you're not worthy--and, actually, kind of broke. When you take a peek through the front window, the dangling assortment of totes and purses in gorgeous earthy prints draw you in, but be prepared: This isn't your typical gift shop. The store's owners, Kristen Overson and Seth Walter, had a bit of an ideology behind this baby: They wanted a shop filled with indepe... More »