KITH’s Mega Flagship Opens on Lafayette Street at the End of the Month
The secret is not so well-guarded.
We’ve known for months that trendy footwear company KITH is constructing an enormous new flagship at 339 Lafayette Street. (Boogie broke the story.) Within the walls of the former, albeit rehabilitated, Peace Pentagon. It’ll apparently occupy all three levels of the recently renovated building.
Until now, there was little in the way of confirmation, especially from KITH itself. (One employee at the Bleecker Street store nearby wondered how we knew about it.) Gossip around the project site from various workers was enough, though.
And then we saw this piece of cardboard near one of the entrances. Handwritten, the first official unofficial confirmation.
Word on the street is that KITH will christen the space at the end of this month. Expect lots of lines…
As previously reported, the A.J. Muste Institute sold 337-339 Lafayette to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October 2015. It owned the icon since 1974. The cobbling of boutique retailers on the ground level – whose rents helped sustain the Institute and its anti-war compatriots – all departed shortly thereafter. The rag-tag collection of organizations – War Resisters League, Global Revolution TV, Socialist Party USA, Paper Tiger Television, and other progressive groups – later relocated to 168 Canal Street.