FASSBINDER, the famous West Village boutique voted best jewelry in NYC for many years, is resurfacing as a new holiday shop, taking over a seasonal ice cream parlor at 233 Smith Street in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood. Sonja Fries, a former partner of this beloved boutique, will bring its acclaimed and chic designs to this Brooklyn outpost located between Butler and Douglas.
The new store will embrace a “salon” ethos and host a variety of special events including live music nights with cello and harp, traditional German Glühwein and evenings of prosecco sippings for the ladies as they build up their holiday wish lists. In addition to Sonja’s own jewelry line, the store will feature work from Kimberlin Brown, Max Steiner and Sarah Richardson. There will also be select vintage furniture for sale from a Miami-based antiques and design center.
Fries, recognizable as a blue-eyed svelte Bavarian gamine, is a meticulous goldsmith from Germany whose sublime jewelry seduced Michael Stipe, The Scissor Sisters, and Julianne Moore from her opulently bohemian shop in years past. Sonja Fries has owned and run galleries as far afield as Berlin, Hamburg, and Bangkok, and a decade long stint with partner Hal Ludacer at the beloved Fassbinder gallery in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village.
Sonja has been enamored of Smith Street and its environs for some time and has decided to reopen Fassbinder to interact again with customers while promoting jewelry and other select objects as art in a cultural framework in the store. Sonja says: “It’s going to be great to be back in the middle of it all again, I miss the interaction with customers most!”