Tucked in the booming Lower East Side district of Manhattan, Reed Space on 151 Orchard Street has been relentlessly serving up the latest in streetwear, fledgling publications and artwork for 15 years. On September 30, the innovative lifestyle boutique will officially shut down operations in the LES, as noted presently via a “for rent” sign and a heartfelt note posted on one glass panel of the flagship store. “[Founder jeffstaple] wanted to revamp our whole image of what we want to do for the culture and the people, so we’re probably going to look into a new direction starting next year,” said manager Ted Sazon to DNAinfo.
Additionally, we’ve received an official statement from The Reed Space team on the closing:
Friends of Reed Space,
Since December 2001, Reed Space has lived on this humble block in the Lower East Side. We opened Reed before the dust even finished settling from the 9/11 tragedy. Back then, the idea of a space like this was
completely new, different and unique.
In the 15 years since then, times have changed tremendously.
Our subculture has blossomed into an industry titan.
We were once the outcasts. Now we’re the poster children.
We literally “started from the bottom” & it has been an incredible journey!
But we now feel it’s time for a complete reset.
In 2001, we redefined what Retail meant.
What Curation meant. What a Community Space meant.
We now feel it is time to redefine once again.
It is with regret that we inform you that Reed Space will be closing its doors at this location on Sept 30th, 2016. We will be re-opening at a new location in the very near future.
Keep up to date with us @reedspace and at www.thereedspace.com.
See you again soon!
The Reed Space Team
Despite the termination, the Staple Design-owned boutique remains undismayed as it looks to reformulate a new space that will more or less remain in the Big Apple.