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.