Reed Space will Close Today After 15 Years on the Lower East Side
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Fifteen years. Gone just like that. And so is Reed Space. The Lower East Side tastemaker is ending its operations on Orchard Street after business today. The store has been having a fire sale for weeks.
A “reset” of sorts is promised, which would include a new store altogether. However, the location, and any future plans, remains a secret for the time being. That next step probably won’t be on the Lower East Side, though.
The closure of Reed Space was first announced at the end of August, first with hardware-store-issued leasing signage, then with a letter to the community. The latter was posted in the entrance of 151 Orchard Street and reads as follows.
Friends of Reed Space,
It is with regret that we inform you that Reed Space will be closing its doors at this location on September 30, 2016. We will be reopening at a new location in the very near future.
Since December 2001, Reed Space has lived on this humble block in the Lower East Side. We opened Reed before the dust even finished settling from the 9/11 tragedy. Back then, the idea of a space like this was completely new, different, and unique.
In the 15 years since then, times have changed tremendously. Our subculture has blossomed into an industry titan. We were once the outcasts. Now we’re the poster children. We literally ‘started from the bottom’ and it has been an incredible journey!
But we now feel it’s time for a complete reset. In 2001, we redefined what retail meant. What curation meant. What community space meant. We now feel it is time to redefine once again.
Jeff Ng – also known as Jeff Staple – founded Reed Space in 2001. His eponymous design house Staple Design, entered the scene four years earlier, and was reportedly the the precursor and eventual creative force behind the retail shop. Their offices were at 84 Orchard Street until 2011.