Billykirk Bringing Leather Goods to Former Gargyle Space on Orchard Street
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In a city where scaffolding appears one day and stays for an eternity, it’s always a great feeling when the skeleton of iron is finally deposed. So, we can now rejoice at the removal of the sidewalk bridge from outside Leadbelly on Orchard Street … which had been decorated by street artist Garrett Wasserman.
From within this perennial shadow, the former home of Gargyle at 16 Orchard Street, which shuttered last July, was slowly morphing into another creature altogether. We are told that leather accessories company called Billykirk is coming soon.
The brand was founded by the brothers Bray – Chris and Kirk – in 1999 with “the desire to make lasting items that get better with age.” Six years later, operations moved from Los Angeles to the east coast. We are told that the store should open within the next two weeks, and will carry their trademark “small leather goods,” from bags and belts to wallets and boots.
As usual, the product peddled will certainly put a dent in your wallet, which you can then replace for $104.
Billykirk follows high-end tie shop Alexander Olch onto the block (two doors down), further upscaling the immediate environs ahead of the Jarmulowsky hotel.