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Eco-Friendly Womenswear Brand Kes Expands to SoHo

Eco-friendly womenswear collection Kes will open its second location in Manhattan at 339 West Broadway between Broome and Grand Streets in SoHo, announced Manhattan Skyline Management Corp.

New York City-based Kes, which currently operates a retail location on the Upper West Side, will occupy the entirety of Manhattan Skyline’s boutique retail building. The 1,093 square-foot location features shopping spaces on the street and mezzanine levels, as well as distinctive double-height ceilings that soar to over 22 feet in certain sections.

Launched in 2014 by designer Lia Kes, the clothing label focuses on responsibly made, purposeful statement pieces. Influenced by her upbringing on a kibbutz in Israel, her namesake collection embodies the same elements that were prioritized in her homeland — simple, functional designs that offer exceptional quality and utilitarian charm, the company said.

Kes products are made of biodegradable and organic materials through a process that minimizes waste and are dyed locally using a plant-based technique. All products are manufactured in New York City’s garment district to keep jobs local and support the community.

“I created Kes to effortlessly dress the modern woman in timeless pieces that make her feel both empowered and naturally beautiful,” said founder Lia Kes. “I’m glad the sentiment behind my designs has resonated, and I look forward to reaching even more customers through our continued growth.”

Joshua Roth, senior vice president of retail at Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., represented Manhattan Skyline. Jennifer Bernstein of Current Real Estate Advisor represented Leap Services Inc., a retail platform that launches and operates omnichannel-enabled retail stores for modern brands, which secured the long-term lease.


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