Fashion Flight

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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‘Yaf Sparkle’ Closes its Original Orchard Street Store

Posted March 20, 2018 at 5:03 am

Yaf Sparkle just vacated its five-year-old store on Orchard Street. This had been the flagship for the jewelry store until last Feburary when it expanded below the Delancey Divide. You’ll recall that Yaf Sparkle opened at 249 Broome Street in what was formerly a Chinese laundromat (Sun Kwong). Retail is now consolidated; this is now […]

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‘Tribes of Morocco’ Vanishes After 6 Years on Delancey Street

Posted November 30, 2017 at 5:06 am

When Tribes of Morocco debuted on Delancey Street back in 2011, it seemed an unlikely contender in a homogenizing retail landscape. Nevertheless, the two-room store persisted, remaining in play for six years. Until now. A tipster writes in to say that owner Khalil Hafdy is calling it quits this week. Instead, we’re told that the […]

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‘Quinn NYC’ is Ditching its Orchard Street Boutique

Posted September 18, 2017 at 5:08 am

Quinn NYC doesn’t have much time left on Orchard Street. The token tombstone signage appeared above the entrance to the boutique last week courtesy of Misrahi Realty. Apparently, the company is focusing on its new operation at the South Street Seaport. “We have opened a studio experience in The Seaport,” a spokesperson confirms in an […]

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SHUT Skateboards Shutting Down its Orchard Street HQ

Last modified August 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Looks like SHUT is shutting its flagship skateshop on the Lower East Side. The store has been part of the retail landscape here for about ten years. And as of last week, there is now a Misrahi Realty leasing sign hanging in the front window. It’s indication enough that more turnover is around the corner. […]

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