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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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Rat Castle Retail Goes with Rising States Pop-Up on Ludlow Street

Posted April 18, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Ludlow Street Rat Castle may have filled its residential ranks, but the retail space remains a vacant white box. Likely the all-too-familiar tactic of warehousing for the highest bidder. Steven Sutton, the broker who’s repping the space (Sutton Equity LLC), told us back in August that there was “serious interest” in the commercial condo […]

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Grand Street Pop-Up ‘LES Popped’ Coming to a Close

Posted April 15, 2016 at 5:19 am

LES Popped, the Grand Street pop-up shop that showcases local goods and talents from neighborhood creatives is coming to a close … well, for the time being anyway.  The current iteration is wrapping up on April 30. If you’ll recall, this past December brought over sixty neighborhood artists and independent designers, together into one space, in […]

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