‘Bess’ Closes Its Longtime Boutique at 292 Lafayette Street

Posted on: February 19th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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In a surprising turn of events, it appears Bess is gone from the downtown retail landscape.

The fifteen-year-old offbeat boutique spent almost half that time at 292 Lafayette Street. An impressive feat. The establishment closed for good within the last couple weeks, though; its windows, formerly adorned with interesting art and fashion now simply carries a handwritten leasing sign.

This news arrives merely a month after Bess tried to change things up by creating an in-house art gallery.

The landlord apparently doesn’t want a bar/restaurant in this 650 square-foot space (plus basement).

Bess first opened on Lafayette Street back in 2006, having relocated from its longtime HQ at 7 Bond Street. The brand is the collective brainchild of husband-wife team Doug and Bess Abraham.

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Keith Haring’s Pop Shop previously occupied the space, Photo: Latourfl

 

292 Lafayette was previously home to Keith Haring’s popular art outpost, Pop-Shop. It was one of two such memorabilia stores that would eventually close in 2005.

It’s unclear at the moment whether Bess will seek out a new location.

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