3 Fashion Casualties to Report at Prince and Bowery
As Prince Street near the Bowery continues its upscaling trend, it’s not just the small businesses suffering. Within the last few weeks, three boutique shops peddling starkly different goods vacated the block.
Freitag finally closed its flagship US location at 1 Prince Street, the space owned by Bari Restaurant Equipment. The Swiss-based company had sold their recycled tarp “freeway bags” here for exactly three years before succumbing. Leasing signs appeared at the end of March, and closure quickly followed a few weeks later.
Nolan is also having a tough time. The tiny women’s boutique moved a few doors westward – to 6 Prince Street – two summers ago. It’s now amidst a liquidation sale ahead of an imminent closing.
And lastly, the Lower East Side annex of Seasonal Whispers is also kaput. The eleven-year-old brand, which opened this second outpost at 4 Prince last July (replacing Nolan), removed everything except for its goodbye note.
All three stores are currently for rent.
Blame the conglomerates. Established international brands like Helmut Lang and Sandro and Maje are ruining the party for everyone.