Shopkeep: Briana Swords, SWORDS-SMITH

September 08, 2016 BY CAPSULE


With 2,000 square feet of open, airy space to work with, SWORDS-SMITH is a fresh take on a space that once housed a factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Briana Swords and R Smith opened the store and design studio in March 2013, keeping much of the original details, like the brick walls and steel details.


In addition to their in-house collection, you’ll find womenswear, menswear, and accessories from over 75 designers, mixing up-and-coming labels with established brands. “Henrik Vibskov looks amazing this season and we’re super excited about a few new designers that we’re bringing in store, including Adam Selman and Stine Goya.”


Prior to the shop, Briana worked as a womenswear designer, while Smith worked as a graphic designer creating interactive stories for the New York Times. They opened SWORDS-SMITH to build a creative space, support designers, and encourage an authentic and independent voice in Williamsburg, an area that’s seen a wealth of development in recent years. “We've lived in this neighborhood for over ten years and in Brooklyn for even longer,” said Briana. “And we fell in love with our space once we found it.”



98 South 4th St

Brooklyn, NY

Here are their top spots:


Our go-to spot for good, strong coffee.

328 Bedford Ave

North Brooklyn Farms

Beautiful waterfront garden at the end of South 4th Street beside the old Domino Sugar Factory. They host dinners here with food they grow in the garden and it's also a great place to bring your lunch and eat outside.

320 Kent Ave


A new hidden gem perfect for late night cocktails, chill vibes and eclectic but delicious dishes that are some kind of Asian-Dominican fusion.

155 S. 4th Street


A Williamsburg institution serving a seasonal farm-to-table menu out of an old train car underneath the Williamsburg bridge (85 Broadway). A great for brunch or late night. In the mornings, we also frequent their sister restaurant Marlow & Sons for pastries and coffee (81 Broadway).

Baby's All Right

Fun spot for well-curated live bands and late night drinks.

146 Broadway