‘Billykirk’ Bids Farewell to the Lower East Side After 4 Years
It would appear Orchard Street is becoming too high-end for the trendiest of boutiques. Billykirk, the leather shop a few paces north of Canal Street, closed down several days ago after four years on the block.
Ownership affixed a farewell letter post-closure addressed to neighbors, customers, and passersby. They thank everyone for the patronage and explain the choice to “close this location to pursue other opportunities.” Meanwhile, the Billykirk web store remains active.
The leather brand was founded by the brothers Bray – Chris and Kirk – in 1999 with “the desire to make lasting items that get better with age.” Their motto us to “raise a fist toward inferior quality and mass production.” Six years later, operations moved from Los Angeles to the east coast.
Billykirk opened the Lower East Side store at 16 Orchard Street back in the summer of 2014. It took the place of “vintage country club purveyors,” Gargyle.