Cat person or not, you’re going to purr when you set your paws on the goods at this eclectic boutique in Williamsburg. Yes, the shop has a major fetish with cat-themed goods, but the items here flaunt a panache that is so incredibly alluring, I haven’t a doubt you’re going to love Catbird.
Whimsical, charismatic and not ridiculously priced, the inventory at this shop has lured me in. While I have only visited the shop twice, I have no doubt I will be frequenting the spot often, either for treating myself or for purchasing gifts with a creative spin. Catbird carries a wide spectrum of goods including jewelry and other accessories, candles, perfume, home décor, calendars, stationery, greeting cards and more.
The one item that really threw me for a loop is their line of First Knuckle Rings. It’s not very often you find a boutique in NYC that gives jewelry the attention it deserves, and it’s so refreshing that Catbird carries a substantial collection. Prices for these rare commodities can run you anywhere from $30 to close to a thousand bucks. Now, I’m not that much of a first knuckle ring fanatic that I would drop a thousand bucks on a piece, but the price range does speak volumes about the quality of jewelry that you’ll find at Catbird. I was drawn to the Twisted Stacker Ring made of 14k gold with about 7 sparkling hand-twisted rings layered on top of one another to form a super unique piece of work. The ring is hand made in Catbird’s personal Brooklyn studio which is pretty cool, but there is a catch: each ring is sold separately at $64 a pop. While that may be a buzz kill, the favorable thing here is that you can customize the ring to fit your fancy.
Catbird also carries some more affordable and less complicated jewelry like their Cat Face Vermeil studs at $32, and their Sleeping Kitty studs, which I adored enough to purchase (and I’m a dog person) at $14. They are nickel-free studs with silver-plated posts and feature kitten faces with their eyes closed – indicative of the typical lazy feline.
You’ll find the oddest items at this shop, too, including rolls of Japanese rice masking tape ($5/roll) and something they call Isa’s Restoratives Love Potion, an elixir composed of a blend of roses, hawthorne flowers and brandy, claimed to foster romance (instructions call for placing a drop or two on your tongue for best results) at $18/1 oz. Cards and stationery cost anywhere from $5 to $24 and can be somewhat outlandish, too; case in point: their Princess Fancypants Postcards made of copper ($65).
The variety of items you’ll find at Catbird is too extensive to indicate in a simple review. You’ll really have to visit this shop to feel the real deal, and I have no doubt you’ll be glad you did. The boutique itself is pretty small, but well organized and the staff is super nice. Catbird is probably one of the most peculiar shops I’ve come across in NYC - you’d be missing out if you didn’t check this place out.