LES Clothing Co. Pairs Up with Coat of Arms on Clinton Street

Posted on: February 7th, 2012 at 11:28 am by

All quiet on the Lower East Side trademark front of late. After a busy fourth quarter fighting the money-bagged man, Robert G. Lopez of LES Clothing Co. is now emerging from the relative silence with some news. It’s not litigious in nature.

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Coat of Arms at 43 Clinton Street, the very urban styles shop Lopez sued in October, is now a flagship of sorts for his LES Clothing Co. imprint. We noticed some storefront changes last week, and confirmed the latest with the proprietor himself. Moving forward, both brands will be sold from the retail location, with gear on opposing sides of the store.

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The more in-depth story, however, is that Coat of Arms was already struggling financially when Lopez filed suit. We are told that during the initial settlement talks, the boutique would have been required to carry the LES Clothing Co. shirts, provide design services, and “other lil things.” But that’s not what transpired.  To mitigate the situation, both sides instead reached a co-op agreement whereby the owner and Lopez now share the Clinton Street retail space and all related expenses.

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