Fashion Flight

Anna Sheffield Moves to Bleecker Street in Search of Foot Traffic

Posted February 8, 2019 at 5:04 am

The Anna Sheffield jewelry boutique spent five years on Orchard Street until its move from the Lower East Side last year. But the eponymous owner found refuge on Bleecker Street just off the Bowery. The new space at 19 Bleecker Street is much larger, and joins the myriad trendy establishments that already dot the area. […]

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Bye, By Robert James: Steep Rent Hike Forces Boutique from Orchard Street

Posted January 16, 2019 at 5:00 am

By Robert James is saying bye to Orchard Street after just over ten years in business. Like so much local retail, the upscale clothier fell victim to a sizable rent hike. Truth be told, the proverbial writing was on the wall last August when the eponymous owner led a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep the […]

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Rent Hike Forces ‘Tani’ Shoe Store from Rivington Street

Posted December 19, 2018 at 5:03 am

The shoe no longer fits, it seems. Turns out those perennial sales at Tani were telegraphed signals of the future. The corner shoe store – which opened at 100 Rivington Street over four years ago – is not long for this world. Real estate listings for the 500 square-foot space first began appearing back in […]

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‘Ralo’ Heads to Retirement After Brief Stay on Orchard Street

Posted September 19, 2018 at 5:01 am

Ralo just got here, and already it’s leaving. The “authentic Tibetan rug” store, which recently celebrated 33 years in business, just vacated 48 Orchard Street. Since springtime, signs and sandwich boards announced their so-called retirement sale. The store eventually closed shop last week, capping under two years on the block for the company. Ralo had […]

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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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‘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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‘Billykirk’ Bids Farewell to the Lower East Side After 4 Years

Posted March 27, 2018 at 5:06 am

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 […]

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Japanese Fashion Purveyor ‘Tokyo Rebel’ Shutters Allen Street Store

Posted March 27, 2018 at 5:03 am

Tokyo Rebel just lost the battle. The Japanese-style fashion retailer shuttered its Allen Street store earlier this month, concluding a Lower East Side residency of nearly four years. Founded nine years ago by husband-wife duo Jeff and Masayo Williams (he’s American, she’s Japanese), Tokyo Rebel maintained a brief stint in Alphabet City from 2009 to […]

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