Shop Now: Goose Barnacle

TUCKED AWAY IN COBBLE HILL LIES AN UNEXPECTED TROVE OF TOP-TIER MENSWEAR.

With dad’s day just around the corner, the annual struggle of what to buy a.) the man that has everything, b.) the man that still foots your bills (translation: he’s buying his own present too) or c.) the guy that wants nothing (and when he does, he buys it for himself) is about to become very real. You can imagine our delight then when recent CITIPHILE Mary-Alice Stephenson introduced us to an under-the-radar men’s shop by the name of Goose Barnacle earlier this week— we told you she was our fashionable fairy godmother. The moment we stepped inside, we were reminded of why we started CITIPHILE in the first place— to uncover the city’s finest gems, of which Goose Barnacle is certainly one. Owned by David Alperin, a Brooklyn native and fourth generation NY merchant, the unique store is a bonafide trove of off-the-beaten-path casual wear and accessories— think trim button-downs, cuffed trouser shorts and utilitarian parkas from the finest emerging brands you may not have even heard of… yet. Alperin takes pride in the shop’s detailed curation: there are Scandinavian designers like Norse Projects and Henrik Vibskov, French lines Etudes and Monsieur Lacenaire and local brands like Assembly (we’ve long been fans of the NY brand’s linen blazers). In-house, Goose Barnacle’s namesake collection features clothing and accessories as wide-ranging as printed shirts and vintage baseball caps to unisex sandals and colored ash trays. But, what else would you expect from a guy who curates mini-art shows (works by Kevin Arnold currently line the walls) and parks his 1970’s Italian moped inside his shop too? Authentic, thoughtful and one-of-a-kind, Goose Barnacle is for the guy (or girl— we’re still thinking about a pair of olive Han Kjøbenhavn sunglasses and GB leather sandals we’d rock ourselves) that doesn’t want to look like everyone else. Check out a few snaps from our recent visit and be sure to head to the GB site to browse their newly launched e-commerce shop.

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The perfect light-weight pullover and a pair of shades with the Andy Short, Jed & Marne ($88).

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Colorful keychains and watch straps perfect for summer; A few of our favorite trouser shorts.

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Assorted Ash Trays, Goose Barnacle ($68 each).

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Besides fun, unisex accessories, GB has one of our favorite bookshelves of all time- stocking indie magazines like Cereal and Apartamento.

Owner, David Alperin alongside the store's signture baseball caps.

Owner, David Alperin alongside the store’s signature baseball caps ($48 each).

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