Sign(s) of the Times: The Windows of West Broadway

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

This week, the Mr. and I were walking down West Broadway, a prime stretch of retail in Soho, when we started to notice a trend among the window displays: sale signs, each seemingly larger than the next, almost shouting to be noticed. It has been a while since I walked down these streets, and in just two short blocks, I managed to capture all the pictures you can see here.

I apologize for the quality of these images. As I reached into my purse for my camera, I noticed that my battery was low. So I took all of these with my iPhone camera. Not nearly as gorgeous as the window displays captured by blogger Modelizer, but these are indeed sign(s) of the times, no?

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31 comments:

Modelizer said...

A lot of these places have had large signs in the past, before the economical shit show that is the current downfall environment. What I've found fascinating is how much larger SALE signs have grown at places like Gucci, YSL, Chanel, etc... and how some keep it hidden as always.

The windows that make me the saddest are all the ones that are up for rent or sale. It's like apart of the city is dying because so many have been available for so long.

All that being said, thanks for reminding me that Reiss is having a sale. I need to scout out some dress options ASAP!

Shaylen Maxwell said...

It elates me and saddens me when I go window shopping and only see sales. Esp going out of business ones. I can't tell you how many little shops have gone under during the past few months. Given it's my first 'real' experience with a recession, the first while being a working adult, it's humbling to say the least.

Loved the pictures! : )

LENORENEVERMORE said...

It's quite a sad sight, especialy the going out of business ones, many jobs are affected! oooh recession go away ASAP pleassse...

Brunch at Saks said...

This is SO sad! I've been noticing a lot of the same thing in Los Angeles as well. I guess the only good thing is that there are tons of sales- although I wish it was under better circumstances. :) XOXO

Elizabeth Marie said...

OH this makes my marketing heart plummet...le sigh. I know what went into this...and it's heartbreaking. Ay yi yi.

Polished Sense said...

Wow, great photos of all these store with their amazing sales. Too bad people are still not buying it all. Think back a few years ago when everyone was spending like it grew on trees. This society thrives on consumers, so we as the consumers need to buy! It's one way we'll get out of this mess :p haha, it's so true!

Great post, btw thanks for sharing!

xo,
Jessica

Midtown Girl said...

My gosh there are 4 stores that closed near me (not just retail even an Au Bon Pain!) Who doesn't go to Au bon?!

Guess what place is always full of customers?

Biscuits & Bath!! Doggie Day Care is thriving? what the..?

Brigadeiro said...

Oh, sad as it is, how I wish I could hop on a plane to NYC or London to check out these amazing sales!

janettaylor said...

Great sale shop post!

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Shrimpton Couture said...

this post really exemplifies that old saying "a picture says a thousand words"

Anika said...

The global financial crisis has initiated a real tailspin for companies, especially those not big enough to have the assets to stay afloat.

I hate to say it but I'm always happy about sales....sale signs are A Okay!

Sheena said...

Wow, that's a lot of sale and store closing signs. Definitely a sign of the times these days. I've been window shopping recently and I've been seeing sale signs in stores that I never saw sale signs. Even the higher end boutiques are advertising sales and/or participating in the sidewalk sales when it's usually the smaller boutiques that have the sales. Though I do love a good sale, I always feel bad when a store is struggling/forced to close.

The Anthology said...

Yeesh. So sad to see those closing signs and drastic sale signs in two short blocks -- I love Soho.

On the bright side, I hope you scored some amazing deals.

The Socialite said...

Love the sales, but hate the circumstances. :(

modediktat said...

Wow... So many sales out there... So less money to invest...
Recession is still moving on - and even if the signs from the industry are turning slightly positive - the big SMASH is still coming.
It's the same here in Germany. So many programs to revitalize the economic cycle - that's why the Germans are still very optimistic accordingly to other countries. But it's obviously that the trouble is getting bigger and bigger.

Toni Tones said...

sales yayyyy! :)...circumstances ...nsy :(

Dane said...

Wow those photos speak volumes. Doesnt give a young designer like myself much hope..



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thefatandskinnyonfashion said...

such a sad and unfortunate situation caused by the economy

Hanako66 said...

wow, it is very very sad:(

Savvy Mode SG said...

there are lots of sales this year and a lot earlier too!

CharmaineLi said...

ahhhhh soo many sales!!! i need to start shopping

nicola ticola ponders said...

Wow, I think I need to get me to West Broadway, some bargains to be had there! But yeh, that's not the point! Haha

nicola xx

nicolaticolaponders.blogspot.com

nookie said...

we have some big signs here too,but not that big:)

Kristin said...

It's so sad. Just sad. It's everywhere.

Tracey Ellle said...

wowwwww

InnyVinny said...

That is so bittersweet...

Man...

Ashley said...

This is really depressing, makes me want to go out and do my best to stimulate the economy! But in the same breath, I'm jobless and broke :( Ugg when will this recession end!?

-Ashley
http://breakfastatsaks.blogspot.com

Dream Sequins said...

Thanks so much for your insightful comments, everyone!

Modelizer: I realize I left that out of my description... but that was kind of the underlying, unspoken sadness of those windows, yes. The for sale or rent signs.

Shaylen: The elation and sadness are definitely good descriptions for it!

Brunch at Saks: It was just so striking in Soho... Maybe it's more spread out in LA or perhaps it would be telling to check out mall windows?

Midtown Girl: I go to Au Bon Pain a lot! What's up?? Aren't people eating their giant cookies?

Brigadeiro: We welcome shopping tourists. Please come!!!

Anika: I don't mind the sales either. I've purchased a lot of great things on sale.

modediktat: I love hearing about your perspective from Germany... During the height, money was definitely flowing like water and I never thought twice about my spending. But I definitely think about my purchases and plan them more...

Dane: Please don't be discouraged! As a young designer, if you can ride out these times, you will do so well when the economy recovers.

Ashley: We all feel the same pain. So many great sales, and definitely less disposable income to shop...

Eyeliah SS said...

I have seen this erywhere in my city and it is so sad. I am glad you documented this for a reflection of the times. It's hard to see the business we love go under.

jasmine said...

so sad and sooooo true.

when we lived in the downtown area of our city (long beach), shops were closing everrrrywhere. the street we lived on didn't have one single surviving shop. it was all empty storefronts. totally depressing. that's why we do the best we can to support small, local business, and, hopefully, things change soon!

p.s. i have tried leaving you so many comments this week, but my phone would NOT let me. so frustrating. we have internet hooked up at home now though. hooray!

Niki B. said...

its so shocking. 90% off? wow. definitely a cool social commentary via pictures though..

xo Niki
ahautemess.blogspot.com

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