Is L.E.S. Clothing Co. returning to the streets of the Lower East Side?
We thought that might be the case yesterday when the exiled apparel store, which was forced to give up its Clinton Street storefront last month, posted a cryptic message on its Facebook page: “Welcome Back!” it said. “LES CLOTHING Co. is on full grind mode.” More →
Inside 7715 by Szeki. (Photos courtesy of Szeki Chan)
Until 10 p.m. tonight at 7115 by Szeki in Williamsburg, owner Szeki Chan will be celebrating the opening of her second clothing store with champagne and cupcakes. But there’s nothing frilly about her design aesthetic.
“We are a lot less romantic than other clothing brands,” said Chan of both six-year-old Szeki on the Lower East Side and her latest venture.
(Photos: Sherry Hseih) Gail Busche, co-owner of Archangel Antiques.
Normcore is Gail Busche’s nightmare. Ask the co-owner of Archangel Antiques to describe each decade’s fashion in a word or two and she doesn’t hesitate: “’20s short, ’30s slinky, ’40s strong, ’50s elegant, ’60s fun, ’70s out there.” But after that? “The ‘80s was so bad I was happy I could still wear ’40s. And after that, there was no style.”
The East Village store plans to close in June. Busche, 75, and partner and co-owner Ricahrd Cullen, 71, say they can’t keep up with a rent increase and competition with other nearby clothing shops. Back in August 2012, Cullen told The Local East Village that Archangel’s then-rent of $4800 had sextupled since the couple first occupied 334 E. 9th Street.
In Williamsburg, the dust has settled on a the first stand-alone pop-up shop devoted to The Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire, a perennial flea market favorite. Jinyen and Chris Carew, the founders of the company, have taken over the Metropolitan Avenue storefront previously home to kid’s clothing purveyor Wonderwolf. More →
After closing its Lower East Side store in December, Feltraiger soft-opened in Williamsburg this past weekend, quietly joining the neighborhood’s Grand Street strip. The new store is just off of Bedford, in what was previously the home of our pop-up Newsroom. More →