Brooklyn Favorites: Simone Oliver, NY Times Online Fashion Editor

I’ll be honest, I got a little dizzy when Simone Oliver listed the workload that comes with her job as the New York Times’ Online Fashion Editor. She not only manages the Style section’s daily web content, including the On the Runway blog and pieces to accompany the twice-weekly print sections, but also runs The Collection (the Times’ iPad app), and is constantly on the move reporting on style and fashion events. In her “free time”—ha ha—Oliver freelances as a wardrobe consultant and editor. And we haven’t even mentioned yet that she has a newborn baby girl.

Oliver grew up within spitting distance of Brooklyn, but as a Queens native, it wasn’t until she returned to New York after college in Washington DC that she made the move to our favorite borough. As luck would have it, her aunt had a brownstone in Clinton Hill, and an apartment available in it. Oliver jumped at the chance, “and fell in love with Brooklyn” fairly immediately. She’s been here ever since, and now lives in Bed-Stuy with her husband and that aforementioned baby girl.

Read on to take a tour through Simone Oliver’s Brooklyn…

Livelihood: Online Fashion Editor, New York Times.

What neighborhood do you call home? Bed-Stuy.

Favorite Clothing Store: For women’s, I adore Eva Gentry, the consignment shop on Atlantic Ave. For men’s, Brooklyn Circus.

Favorite vintage shop: 1 of a Find in Prospect Heights and Amarcord in Williamsburg.




Last item you bought in Brooklyn: A coat from the Beacon’s Closet in Park Slope.

Any other shops you love? Collecther in Clinton Hill. It’s a mix of vintage and up market secondhand clothes.

Last place you had brunch: Saraghina.

Favorite street for a stroll: Vanderbilt. I like to start at Grand Army Plaza.


Saraghina in Bed-Stuy.

Favorite coffee shop: Le Paris Dakar in Bed-Stuy, which is also a crepe shop.

Favorite cocktail: George and Ginger at Do or Dine. It’s Whisky and ginger beer.

Favorite restaurant dish: I have two. The shrimp and grits at Peaches, and the fish and chips at Do or Dine.

Who cuts your hair? I’ve been going to the same Dominican stylists at Bonita Beauty Salon on Waverly between Lafayette and Greene in Fort Greene since I moved to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn trend you love: Manhattanites moving to Brooklyn. Over the last decade, many of the folks who couldn’t find Brooklyn on a map are now residents. I appreciate that when making dinner or drink plans, many of my friends and colleagues have no problem considering Brooklyn spots.


Eva Gentry Consignment in Boerum Hill. Photo Courtesy Brooklyn Exposed.

An important life event that unfolded in Brooklyn: Just over five years ago my husband and I got married at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

If you could change one thing about Brooklyn, what would it be? How gentrification continues to push lower income families that have lived here for generations out of the borough.

If you had to leave Brooklyn, what would you miss most? How diverse many of the neighborhood are. You can mine so many style ideas here. It has this energy that you can’t replicate.

Bygone Brooklyn spot(s) you miss most: Pieces and Redberi; both  were located in Prospect Heights. Pieces was a carefully curated boutique that was around long before Vanderbilt was as trendy a street as it is now. It was a destination. Redberi was a temptress of a store. You walk in only intending to window shop. You walk out with a bag.


More Brooklyn Favorites from:
Lio Kanine, Owner of Kanine Records
Nic Screws, Esquire Fashion Editor

by Sarah Stodola

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