Le Sportsac will open up a new store in the space formerly occupied by Betsey Johnson on Columbus Avenue between 71st and 72nd Streets. Amazingly, Le Sportsac is not French! It was started by Americans but the brand has been purchased by a Japanese company. But a French-sounding name is probably worth at least a 20% markup.

“The Collection’s trademarks are sporty American styling, a wide color and print assortment and lightweight functionality with high performance fabrics and hardware,” the company says.

Meanwhile, Fox’s designer off-price store will take over the section of the old Filene’s Basement on 79th and Broadway that isn’t already inhabited by shoe store DSW. Fox’s is a women’s clothing store. By the looks of the company’s stores, it appears that Fox’s can be found in cities and suburbs throughout the country

Thanks to Rich and Lindsay for the tips.

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    1. David T says:

      Wow. Fox’s. That’s sooooo exciting. Omg.

    2. Amy MW says:

      Another soul deadening mark on
      what was once a diverse, creative area.

    3. NikFromNYC says:

      When a whole neighborhood outlaws dancing, it becomes a mall.

    4. Le Scooter Stan says:

      Monsieur Editor:

      En reference a “Amazingly, Le Sportsac is not French!”

      Sans discususion (or “certainly,” as Moe, Curly,and Larry said…often) otherwise it would have had to have been “Le Sac de Sportif.” BAD IDEA, as it sounds a bit too much like …athletic supporter ?? …or something.

      Also ‘soitenly’ true is the statement “But a French-sounding name is probably worth at least a 20% markup.” Mais oui. Which is why that American company made up the Scandinavian-sounding [Haagen Dazs] name — to charge premium prices for ordinary ice cream.

      Ahhh, c’est tout bon!

    5. stuart says:

      I remember when that building was a Woolworth’s…

      • Cato says:

        Actually, no. The building on the south corner, where DSW is now, was Woolworth’s. The building on the north corner, where Circuit City was and Fox’s now will be, was a supermarket last known as Food City.