Retail Report: New Day Care, New Nail Spa, Plus Designer Menswear Updates

Ernest Alexander's new menswear store at 9 Clinton St. opened yesterday. Photo via @ernestalexander Twitter feed.

This morning we have some storefront news from around the neighborhood:

  • 118 Ludlow St. (Houston/Stanton): Think Pink Spa signed a 10-year lease for 2,200 square feet of space, also according to The Real Deal.
  • 9 Clinton St. (Houston/Stanton): Ernest Alexander, the NYC-based menswear designer, opened its first retail location yesterday, a pop-up shop we first previewed last month.
  • 74 Orchard St. (Broome/Grand): Work continues to transform the former Hyper Island digital design school into a new home for By Robert James, whose menswear boutique at 72 Orchard will move one door north and make room for incoming jeweler The Great Frog, which had originally planned to open its first NYC store yesterday.

Designer Ernest Alexander Opening Pop-up on Clinton

It does sound a little like the plot from HBO’s “How to Make it in America,” Ernest Alexander Sabine admits. He started designing and manufacturing stylish mens’ messenger bags two and a half years ago, drawing rave reviews from places like Esquire and GQ. Since then, he’s gradually expanded his offerings: belts, neckwear, additional accessories, clothing and outerwear. Most of his goods are manufactured in his workshop in Manhattan’s garment district and the rest within a few miles, and are sold at Club Monaco stores and other boutiques in New York and a few other cities.

Next month, Sabine will expand his eponymous business on a different level: he’s launching his first retail shop at 9 Clinton St. on the Lower East Side.

“My dream has always been to have my own store,” Sabine told The Lo-Down in an interview today. “As soon as I saw the space, I fell in love. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, there’s a bar downstairs, great foot traffic.”