Sneaktip Shutters 21 Essex Street Store

Posted on: August 30th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The retro-vintage retail scene on the Lower East Side recently sustained a substantial hit.  Indeed, urban lifestyle aficionados Sneaktip, which until now operated at 21 Essex Street, decided to close their short-lived shop.  As of last week, the graffiti-graced gates were permanently shuttered, with the tell-tale leasing sign affixed as tombstone up above.

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Marlon Raichel started Sneaktip in 2006 as an “underground fashion” brand.  After years of establishing the name, the Coney Island-based company chose 21 Essex Street as flagship in 2010, upon the departure of the Clairvoyant psychic. One (year) and done.  Meanwhile, like-minded A New York Thing is still kicking around the corner at 51 Hester Street, as is newcomer Tuff City Styles a few doors down.

The Raichel family reportedly has some interesting connections to illicit activity.  Marlon’s father and kin helped establish a faction of the Russian mafia here in New York. Brighton Beach Brooklyn, in fact.  Per a New York Times article in 1994,

The Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay sections of Brooklyn have been headquarters for a smattering of emigre Russian crime gangs since the 1970’s, when the Soviet Union permitted the first of about 300,000 people to emigrate to the United States. But the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991 spawned thousands of powerful crime gangs — collectively known as the Russian mafia — and some of these groups, officials warn, are establishing bases among emigre communities in the United States, particularly in South Brooklyn.

And below is some video about Sneaktip’s Marlon Raichel in his own words:

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