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Sandro and Maje Boutiques Opening at Prince and Bowery
More upscale retail is reportedly headed for a Bowery block known for its high commercial tenant turnover. Ever since Cowboy Repair relocated to Broome Street a couple years ago, the eastern frontier of Prince has been a proverbial battlefield of failed fashion establishments. Among the dearly departed, we count the veteran Henry Lehr (January 2012), Block Headwear (January 2012), Fresh Prince (February 2011), Luscious NYC (February 2011), and most recently, the Clothing Warehouse. At barely two years old, Miss Hoe is one of the sole survivors, joined earlier this year by Haute Hippie, Supra, and Bellarita. Phew!
Anyway, we are now hearing that the side-by-side vacancies at 8 and 10 Prince Street, both papered for interior renovations, are expecting some international trendiness. The ever-reliable contractor on scene informed us this week that French sister boutiquers Sandro and Maje are set to occupy each of the stores. If true, this expansion into the Lower East Side comes six months after establishing their first standalone brick-and-mortar locations on Bleecker and Spring respectively.
This latest growth intel jibes with the sisters’ announced goal of opening “at least five to eight stores for each of the brands by February.” But can they survive here at the Prince Street vortex?