Fashion

10 Years on, ‘By Robert James’ Fights for its Survival on Orchard Street

Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:06 am

Upscale men’s haberdasher, By Robert James, is on its last legs. Fighting for survival a mere three weeks shy of its tenth anniversary on Orchard Street. Due to exhorbitant rent costs and mounting factory debts – goods are manufactured in Manhattan – eponymous owner Robert James has taken to GoFundMe for relief. The crowdfunding campaign […]

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‘Fox & Jane’ Salon Renovates OG Orchard Street Space [Updated]

Last modified August 8, 2018 at 8:42 pm

[Updated] Fox & Jane Salon – born on the Lower East Side seven years ago – just completed a renovation project, not closing its 154 Orchard Street space. Its onetime flagship is now masked behind a curtain of brown paper. Fox & Jane has held down a Chinatown space (“Fox & Jane Bowery”) for almost […]

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‘Option A’ Angers Neighbors with ‘Savage’ Shirt Display on Grand Street

Posted August 6, 2018 at 5:09 am

If Option A on Grand Street was seeking some sort of controversy, it may have one. Neighbors we spoke to are upset about the “inappropriate” display of foul-mouthed merch in its windows. Specifically, the mannequin dressed in profanity-laden gear; “Savage as Fuck” is printed on the one-piece bathing suit. One tipster seemed concerned that the […]

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Fancy Fragrance Shop ‘Aedes Perfumery’ Moves to Orchard Street

Posted July 31, 2018 at 5:02 am

After spending twenty-three years in the West Village, a highfalutin fragrance shop just planted a flag on the Lower East Side. Aedes Perfumery, founded in 1995, shut down its long-running shop on Greenwich Avenue at the end of June and moved crosstown to 16 Orchard Street. Their new boutique replaces the luxury leather shop, Billykirk, […]

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Target Apologizes for its Controversial CBGB ‘Tribute’

Posted July 26, 2018 at 5:09 am

Target’s tail is now between its legs. The retailer debuted its new small-format downtown store with East Village-themed pomp and circumstance Saturday afternoon. Rather than embracing community, though, the opposite happened. The insensitive stunt, which included a Target-branded CBGB canopy (TRGT) and related merchandise as props, was universally panned. Public outcry about the commercial co-opting […]

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Hell Square ‘Hemp Garden’ on the Way

Posted July 12, 2018 at 5:09 am

It appears the retail vape craze shows little sign of slowing in Hell Square. The latest entrant is the so-called Hemp Garden. Hemp Garden takes over from boutique Yaf Sparkle, which exited 158 Orchard Street back in March to combine efforts down on Broome. This weed-leaning store will sell vape oils, edibles, and Cannabidiol (found […]

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‘Sycamore Style’ Slinks Away from Orchard Street After Less than a Year

Posted July 3, 2018 at 5:06 am

Like its retail predecessor, Killion, newcomer Sycamore Style did not last the median two years for fashion boutiques in the neighborhood. In fact, it didn’t last a year. Alleged celebrity favorite Sycamore Style, a decades-old footwear brand that hawks “custom hand-dyed shoes,” opened at Orchard last September. According to the website, their various styles “have […]

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‘Brooklyn Industries’ Ditches SoHo After 14 Years

Posted June 21, 2018 at 5:05 am

Brooklyn Industries departed Lafayette Street within the last couple weeks. The exterior flag is gone, and the store is vacant with token butcher paper taped to the windows. The Brooklyn-based mini-chain was born in the late Nineties, and eventually opened the flagship in 2001. The second store at 290 Lafayette – Manhattan’s first – followed […]

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Shaina Mote x Clyde Pop-Up Takes Billykirk Space on Orchard Street

Posted June 11, 2018 at 5:09 am

Billykirk, the leather shop a few paces north of Canal Street, vacated its store in March after four years on the block. Less than three months later, the space has become a temporary boutique on trend. Adding more Los Angeles to a scruffy fringe of Chinatown. Indeed, L.A. designer Shaina Mote teamed up with the […]

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Clayton Patterson Kisses for New York Times Magazine

Posted June 7, 2018 at 5:06 am

Prolific Lower East Side documentarian Clayton Patterson and wife Elsa Rensaa are together on the front page of the New York Times Magazine this week. Smooching. The cover is one of 24 unique takes for the occasion, in which couples kissed during a 24-hour period back in mid-May. Photographer Ryan McGinley captured the images. Patterson […]

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