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Closed for Business: Impeccable Attire, 172 Fifth Avenue

It only opened last November, but Impeccable Attire, the high-end t-shirt/ "street culture"-oriented apparel shop on Fifth between Degraw and Sackett, has already closed.

When it first opened, owner Wayne Fortune, a British transplant, told me that the merchandise, focused on the flagship $40 "Brooklyn Bloke" black and white t-shirt, would be "adult-oriented and classy, something you can wear in the evening." He kept his shop sparse and signless, apparently in an effort to keep it edgy and gallery-like, but it ended up just keeping it anonymous and curb appeal-free. The merchandise also didn't really have much of a market, which didn't help.

This storefront was the previous home to Fifth Eye Optix, and is presided over by a notoriously difficult landlord. Hopefully the next tenant has better luck.

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Can't cover the RENT with just T-shirts alone.... It's all about the overhead and no-one was buying.

Good store, wrong location/Neighborhood.

Ex. Crack-house/Food stamp location in the South Slope works well, in the North Slope/Prospect Park West... Not so much.

JSLOB & SLOPE WARZ could tell ya that.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

40$ for a t-shirt?
how ignorant do you have to be to open a store w/ a business plan like this...or lack of one

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

40 dollar tshirts in the house yo. South slope slobs couldn't afford it and North Slopers don't do Williamsburg chic. We prefer Banana Republic. Now that's the store we need to take over the Fornino space. Khakis in the house my brothers.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSlope Warz

@slope wars would you like a ten dollar latte with those khakis?

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

OK now that the (FAKE) JBOB & Slope Warz have spoken, will the REAL ONES weigh-in pls....

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

This is too similar to the Two Girls Two Shirts Portlandia sketch:

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbirdmech

Really JBob? $40 for a tshirt is par for the course at stores around here. that's why I don't do any of my clothes shopping in this neighborhood. Even Brooklyn Industries is pricey

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

I hope it becomes another Starbucks.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

@ParkSlopePerson ...brooklyn industries has also become a big joke; does anyone shop there besides peoples parents looking for gifts?

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

$40 is high. Brooklyn Industries is right around $34 and that's pushing it. I've started to wait until they hit the clearance rack.

Can a Denny's fit in here?

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

@ Felton - Not likely....

A Denny's would definitely fit the Fornino space and would be the quick demise of Dizzy's with the ability to provide Hi-volume at cheap prices.

I would become Denny's frequent flyer.... Elbowing old ladies to get a seat.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

You rang?

See.....this stops being fun once the fakes and wannabes show up, I must say.

Even Stevie Wonder could have seen that a "Brooklyn Bloke" shirt would look as silly on a North Sloper once this place closed as a, say, Spuds McKenzie or ACA JOE shirt looks on a homeless South Sloper at any time.

$40, though? Please. That's what I tip those fine Children of the Corn looking bitches at Pure Bistro whenever I go in there for my smoothie.

The fakes could never be this witty. Accept no imitations.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

The FAKERS have no wit OR originality so they HAVE TO BE fake.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

KAPOOYA - AUTOTUNE REMIX! by DJ1stBlood = JBOB girlfriend from the South Slope.

Google it then go to Youtube.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

there is only one jbob!!!
all others will drown in their ignorance!!!

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

I think it could be a Denny's express. A small, six seat venue kind of like Momofuku. Momofuku Denny's...yes, that's it.

When the heck is that Beef O' Brady's moving in to the nabe?

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Beef O' Brady's - Is Crack-whore level dining....

If it falls on the floor, it's still OK.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJust Shlopin

I see plenty of people in Brooklyn Industries all the time, and, $34 is not that far off from $40. It's insane! Personally, I don't go near it or the other store across the street from the 5th Avenue location with the crazy prices. I have been known to go to the Brooklyn Industries outlet store in Williamsburgh on occasion.

Many many years ago, there was a GAP over by where Haagen Daaz is (I might be off on location, but, right around there). It couldn't survive back then!

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterParkSlopePerson

Who wears a T-shirt "in the evening"

Seriously, Wayne. Go back to Britain, you godless tea sipper.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorthSlopePope

I hope it becomes another adult and child "adult toy" shop. With a starbucks in back.

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterthat's weird

And no one gives a shit that the Tattoo + Hair Joint on 5th btwn 10th and 11th closed? Remember when it was a burnt out Mexican bakery?

And really people, what about The Monro getting a pinball machine?

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCris Pella

Somewhere in South London, there's probably a small shop thriving selling costly t-shirts emblazoned with the words "Brixton Goombah."

March 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTimothy Napalm

I was walking my dog and overheard that the same crew from The Crab Spot were going to take over this space and set up a to-go/delivery version of their restaurant up on Union. Make your own chowders & mix/match tandoori teriyaki lobster salad. Mmmmmm.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstephen

That sounds horrible Stephen. The crab spot is terrible.

Btw you said the same thing About the Fornino space. Me thinks you work for Crab Spot.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

This is exactly what you wrote in the Fornino thread:

I live nearby and heard a RE broker talking with 2 guys as they were leaving the Fornino space. Turns out the same team behind The Crab Spot are looking at expanding into a 2nd location. Hearing that tandori lobster and teriyaki crab are going to be all over the menu.

You, my friend are a shill and ill be sure to tell everyone I know to stay away from Crab Spot. Not that I know anyone who would set foot in that tacky space with cold mushy corn and tasteless crab.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

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