Sharktooth, in Brooklyn, specializes in vintage textiles. The name chosen as it is unrelated to the products being sold, allows the shop to speak for itself. There is a rotating inventory of floor coverings that originate from countries such as Persia, Turkey, Sweden and South America. Blankets, French linen tea towels, and a unique collection of over dyed quilts. Sharktooth’s bright space is curated like a library of textiles, allowing for easy viewing and selection. The atmosphere is welcoming, the assortment easy to navigate and customers are encouraged to handle and discuss the products.
Kellen Tucker, a photographer, became passionate about textiles on a road trip from Maine to Athens, Georgia. She fell in love with the vintage quilts she came across, intrigued by the process, materials and history. Kellen started collecting and mending the quilts, and was surprised at how quickly they sold when she opened an online shop. Arriving in New York, she worked at Holler & Squall on Atlantic Avenue. Inspired by owners Zak and Gillette, Kellen opened her own shop, Sharktooth. Her first shop was in a former bail bonds space on Atlantic Avenue, which made for some interesting customer confusion, before moving in 2014, to her current location in Williamsburg. Kellen visits Brimfield several times a year to source the rugs and textiles, as well as visiting estate sales and auctions. Working with a local dye house, Kellen has refined the process for over dying the quilts, creating a new lease of life for these beautiful monochromatic quilts. Kellen enjoys buying and selling, researching each product, and sharing the history with her customers.
On Purchasing a Rug
“We encourage same day trials, what people see in the store can be skewed. It needs to be a deliberate decision.”
111 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY