although i have gone up and down atlantic avenue a zillion times, only this weekend did i finally venture into girlcat. i have clearly been missing our or on the bright side saving money. this little shop, basically a shrine for all things designed by the very talented anya ponorovskaya, is a girly girl shop, mostly a dress shop with a few very classic, very beautiful items. i am now officially obsessed with the audrey, the girlcat signature reversible dresses. these slightly retro, super practical yet elegant dresses, have impeccable tailoring and are made with fantastic substantial silks in deep colors like teals, rusts, creams and bronzes or slightly asian flower patterns with champagnes, blacks and pinks. in all her dresses, anya adds elements to jazz them up and keep the look fresh (buttons up the back, or keep it open to reveal a different lining. she’s focused on the perfect fit. the material has a little stretch and the styles are designed to create the most flattering figures for everyone.
girlcat had a few accessories. some affordable baubles like a super cute chunky gold link necklace (at $89), and great little clutch leather patterned purses in oranges, greens and greys. Anya has started to design both her own purses and these great shoes (green strappy high sandals, sparkly pumps). the girlcat main goods are expensive with most dresses falling in the $495 range and shoes in the high $200s. but i could see making a splurge given the quality and longevity and given how much attention to detail anya provides.
i was also pretty smitten with anya’s current focus on red, and these particular shoes are made for me. this picture set me dreaming of fall clothes – i’m hoping that my 5’4″ frame can really pull off wool red pants and deep red cardigans — and now anya can make it happen. just in case the brooklyn store isn’t enough, anya has two girlcat shops in nolita and one down in miami. girlcat, 380 atlantic avenue between bond and hoyt streets, brooklyn, 718.643.3863; and 167 and 235 elizabeth streets between houston and prince streets, manhattan, 212.966.9650.