KITH Bleecker Store Closes Ahead of Flagship Debut on Lafayette Street
For cool kid sneaker brand, KITH, the pieces are moving into place. Debut of its flagship retail location is expected any day now.
The opening was apparently delayed from the “end of September” forecast previously relayed to us. As reported, KITH will occupy all three levels of the recently rehabilitated building.
Meanwhile, the small store at 65 Bleecker Street just closed for good last week. It had operated here – across from the Nike/KITH collaborative shop – for two years. A farewell letter on the front door notes that they “will be relocating to a new location.” That location, as we first reported, is around the bend at 337 Lafayette Street (aka the former Peace Pentagon).
The A.J. Muste Institute sold 337-339 Lafayette to real estate baron Aby Rosen for $20.75 million in October 2015 after more than forty years of ownership. 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.