Lower East Side Clothing Co. (and Coat of Arms) Departs Clinton Street After Rent Hike
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Neither Gap, Aeropostale, Urban Outfitters, Macy’s, et al could take down the litigious Robert G. Lopez and his trademark of “Lower East Side.” But rising rents on upper Clinton Street certainly did.
You’ll recall that two years ago, Lopez teamed up with the already-established Coat of Arms urban boutique at 43 Clinton Street to sell his branded Lower East Side Clothing Co. product. That takeover action resulted from another lawsuit involving his valuable trademark. However, the days of peddling his Lower East Side gear at this address are through. The store closed within the last couple weeks, adding to the stock of vacancies between Rivington and Stanton Street. Cause was a reported $2,000 rent hike. The remainder of his merchandise now sits at 425 Grand Street.
This area is going through a sea of change at the moment, what with the new seven-story condo development rising at 50-62 Clinton Street.