Ludlow Street Boutique Shuffle

Posted on: May 1st, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Here’s a little game for your Tuesday morning called the Ludlow boutique shuffle.  Or perhaps it works better as a blues song…

Either way, three side-by-side fashion stores on Ludlow Street are in varying stages of egress. Dolce Vita (#149) was the first to announce its departure, as Racked noted a couple weeks ago. The retail shop apparently found a better home in Nolita among its likeminded ilk, and just transferred all operations to the new 255 Elizabeth Street shop.

In the next stanza of this song, as it were, we address the fate of PB & Caviar at 151 Ludlow. This female-oriented threads shop was opened last June by Bill Cosby’s daughter, Evin Cosby, as the second coming of the Tribeca original. The brand barely lasted a year on the Lower East Side and is packing up the goods as we speak. Official closure announcement arrived via Twitter last week. Other follow-up tweets indicate the Cosby is buckling down to focus on a PB & Caviar clothing line – “I am designing, so PB&Caviar can have it’s own label. Hopefully, you will see me at Coterie this coming September!”

Nine-year neighborhood fashion veteran Some Odd Rubies (also #151) closes out the final measures of this shuffle. Indeed, the paper window treatments indicate that the operation has moved in with the newish eponymous boutique shop a few doors down at 143 Ludlow.

Take it to the bridge…

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