We spotted Emilie Coleman on 5th Avenue, waiting for Bicycle Habitat to open so she could fix her flat tire. Drawn to her laidback style– the easy romper, the striped bag thrown in her bike’s basket– we found Emilie to exude a certain European sensibility, confidence, and shall we say je ne sais quoi? It’s not by happenstance: she is originally from France.
While born near the Swiss Alps, Emilie spent years in Colorado before moving to Brooklyn in a “spur of the moment.”
“It’s quite different from the mountains,” she says. “But I love it. I continue to stay because of the diverse neighborhoods.”
Why does she choose Park Slope as her home?
“Availability, affordability, and of course bike-ability.”
Working in Cobble Hill as a buyer for bike-inspired boutique Smith + Butler, Emilie is often sifting through Beacon’s Closet and browsing Cog & Pearl for inspiration of her own. During the warmer months, you may find her sampling the local fare at the farmer’s market or reading in Prospect Park. Once the encroaching cooler months arrive, she’s likely nestled in Naruto Ramen— which makes even the coldest days a bit more bearable.