Little King Jewelry Closes Brick and Mortar Store but Continues Online

Posted on: December 5th, 2013 at 6:00 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Little King Jewelry

Beloved neighborhood institution Little King Jewelry closed their doors last week. It was a case of yet another favorite local shop having to re-think their business strategy in this current economy.

Co-owner Jennifer O’Sullivan stated that they made the difficult decision to close in order to redirect their funds. “We will now focus on selling online, wholesale and also to private clients, which will allow us to do more custom work,” she said.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Little King Jewelry

O’Sullivan’s husband Michael Regan also said that he was looking forward to creating more artful designs, and that he was “tired of making round rings for square people, just to pay the rent.”

This image has been archived or removed.

Michael Regan, in the studio. Photo: Little King Jewelry

Jewelry designer Regan and gemologist O’Sullivan first opened Little King Jewelry in the East Village in 2001, at 319 East 9th Street. After 10 years in a basement space, which was prone to flooding, they moved to bigger digs at 177 Lafayette Street in 2011. Which was also the day before Hurricane Irene.

This image has been archived or removed.

Left: record adapter belt buckle, right: skull cufflinks with black diamonds. Photo: Little King Jewelry

Little King’s jewelry is a mix of “stylishly creative jewelry, ranging from classic to indie, rock & roll to one-of-kind, and couture jewelry for all occasions.” One can find an art deco inspired engagement ring just as easily as a pair of skull cufflinks with black diamond accents. Regan and O’Sullivan describe their jewelry as “21st Century Heirlooms.” They also use eco-friendly materials in their work.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Little King Jewelry

They recently announced the closing on their facebook page:

It saddens us to announce our departure from Lafayette Street. Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated and is what has kept us committed to being your jewelers – for life.

That being said, we will be at the same phone number and the same email address.

To all of you with jobs in progress, we will contact you very soon to provide an update on your piece and schedule a preview/pick up date. We will also be reaching out to others who have expressed interest but have not yet confirmed.

The website is undergoing a major renovation as well, so please check in for further updates and online shopping.

This image has been archived or removed.

Photo: Little King Jewelry

Contact Little King Jewelry on their website or on their facebook page.

Recent Stories

Demolition Begins at Fire-Stricken Dim Sum Palace Building in Chinatown

Demolition started this week at 6 Chatham Square, which, until this month, housed neighborhood favorite Dim Sum Palace. Early morning May 1, a fire in the kitchen spread throughout the building, triggering a five-alarm response from the fire department. All told, five firefighters were injured battling the inferno over several hours. And according to Red […]

Eldridge Street Development Sells for $19.24M

A major real estate deal to report on Eldridge Street. It took three years, but the eight-story mixed-use building at 165 Eldridge traded last week for $19.25 million. Just under the initial 2019 asking price of $21 million. Buyer of record is Meng Lee and Karim Elsayyad of FREO Management. The transaction is not yet […]

The ‘Barrier Reefs’ Coming to Clinton Street Bike Lane

The Department of Transportation has chosen a winner to decorate the traffic barrier protecting the Clinton Street bike line. The city agency awarded artist Alison Cynamon as part of the ongoing Barrier Beautification mural project. The concrete slab runs from Delancey Street to South Street; an 840-foot stretch with roughly 1,980 square-feet of canvas to […]

Redlining the LES: How Discriminatory Lending Policies Solidified Pre-Existing Inequalities

The following was written by Anna Sargeantson. All photos courtesy of Anna Sargeantson, except where otherwise noted. Home to dimly lit restaurants and bars frequented by NYU students and young professionals, the Lower East Side remains in many ways the epitome of New York City’s youthful heart. Under the surface, though, the neighborhood has historically […]

Ed Higgins Gets ‘Mail Art’ Retrospective at Van Der Plas Gallery on Orchard Street

Fresh off featuring his art in Ludlow Coffee Supply, the Van Der Plas Gallery of Orchard Street is now dedicating a full artist retrospective to the late Ed Higgins. Higgins, known as a pillar of the “Rivington School” movement in the 1980s Lower East Side, and for his unique “Mail Art,” died last December at […]