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Alternative Apparel Reopens on Lafayette Street 7 Months After Being Sidelined by Fire

Posted June 22, 2016 at 5:13 am

Back in November, barely two years out of the gate, the flagship Alternative Apparel store on Lafayette Street was sidelined by a fire on the first level. Corporate assured the community that the retail shop would reopen at some ambiguous future date. It wasn’t clear whether it would. Until last week. Yep, Alternative Apparel came […]

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Black Scale Boutique Closes Down Prince Street Shop at the Bowery

Posted June 1, 2016 at 5:10 am

It’s yet another period of turnover for 4 Prince Street. Keeping track of the retail bloodbath over the last several years has proven difficult. The block – situated at the corner of the Bowery – is locked in a constant state of flux. Black Scale is the latest to throw in the towel. The streetwear […]

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Ben Sherman to Officially Close SoHo Store Next Week After 10 Years on the Block

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 4:36 pm

SoHo fashion outpost for anglophiles, Ben Sherman, has been on life support (i.e. month-to-month) since last fall. Its stay at 96 Spring Street was extended several times since October in order to deplete all inventory. As previously reported, the brand is ditching its longtime digs after exactly ten years on the block. When we first […]

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Nascent Nudie Jeans Flagship Felled by Flood on the Bowery

Posted May 16, 2016 at 5:12 am

Open for approximately six months on the Bowery, and the Nudie Jeans repair shop is already sidelined. Felled by flood, in fact. A printout pasted to the front door of 188 Bowery relays the news. It’s unclear at the moment what caused the “unfortunate flood,” but the brand hopes to be back in business by […]

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These Guys Want to ‘Make the Lower East Side Great Again,’ One Hat at a Time

Posted May 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

We’ve seen the token red hats this election season. They’re ubiquitous. “Make America Great Again,” the buffoon presidential candidate Donald Trump proclaims with the oft-quoted fashion statement. It’s become somewhat of a punchline at this point. Nevertheless, two Lower East Side residents swiped the tone of that statement and applied it more hyperlocally. A New […]

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In Which a Half-Naked Justin Bieber Fondles Himself Above Downtown

Posted May 9, 2016 at 5:16 am

Here he is again, Beiliebers. Your knight in stripped-off armor, fondling himself in the name of Calvin Klein. We’ve become accustomed to seeing the Bieber bulge above East Houston Street. Every couple months, Calvin Klein swaps out the four-story ad banner for another. It’s even spurred haters to respond with paintball revenge. This time, his […]

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Amarcord Vintage Forced from SoHo After Purported 400% Increase in Rent

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:13 am

How many different ways (or number of times) can this same story be told – building sells, landlord hikes the rents to unaffordable levels, small businesses succumb as a result. We see this progression play out so often it’s scary. Amarcord Vintage is the latest commercial venture to fall victim to the disturbing trend. The sixteen-year-old […]

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Ethik Clothing Co. Reopens Across from Its Old Orchard Street HQ

Posted April 28, 2016 at 5:14 am

Ethik Clothing Co. may have been down, but certainly not out. Three months after closing shop at 160 Orchard Street, the urbanwear boutique just reopened across the street. Almost catty-corner from its former digs. It takes over where trendy French underwear purveyors, Pull-In, previously operated. Aesthetically, the new spot at 147 Orchard seems like a […]

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‘Credo Beauty’ Opening Flagship Cosmetics Store Just off the Bowery

Posted April 20, 2016 at 5:18 am

San Francisco-based startup, Credo Beauty, is headed to the Bowery. The cosmetics company settled at 9 Prince Street for its maiden New York retail effort. That would explain the activity of late. The vacant store has been papered and primed for a new tenant since last October, when Haute Hippie went out of business. Remodeling […]

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Cohen’s Fashion Optical Targets Warby Parker with Vision Makeover and Orchard Street ‘Concept Store’

Posted April 19, 2016 at 5:13 am

​For decades, two stalwarts of the optics industry duked it out on a Lower East Side corner. Moscot and Cohen’s Fashion Optical competed for decades, yet the latter never really carried the cool cache of the former, and is barely associated with the neighborhood anymore. With good reason; it’s no longer independent (purchased by Houchens […]

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