Disclaimer: the juiciness below is based on hearsay and neighborhood gossip. You can’t believe everything you read, but its more fun to.
Steve Madden has taken over the large corner space at 100/102 Rivington Street (at Ludlow), where he should be opening shop very soon. We hear he is paying around $18,000 in rent per month. Shit, does this mean our favorite vintage store will soon become a WaMu?
There’s also speculation that part of his motivation for invading the LES is to fuck with Dolce Vita, on Ludlow, which was started by ex-Madden employees. Apparently, he has sworn to move in wherever they do for spite.