New Neighbor: Ethik Clothing Company at 23 Essex St.

Displays of Judaica have given way to hip young men’s clothes and accessories at 23 Essex St.

When Chris Jennings and Alex Hage-Boutros moved into their new store a few weeks ago, one of their many challenges was cleaning out menorahs and other items left by the previous tenant, a Judaica store that closed this spring after calling Essex Street home for six decades.

“It looked like a Jewish museum in here,” Hage-Boutros said in an interview this week.

These days, the space boasts a whole different vibe: that of the young, the hip, the modern-day urban male. The two young partners, who graduated from Pace University this May, opened Ethik Clothing Company at 23 Essex St. earlier this month after experimenting with pop-ups.