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Last summer the Soho outpost of agnès b. shut down and the French clothier said a sad "Au Revoir" to the neighborhood that had been home for 26 years. But now she's coming back downtown to a new shop at 50 Howard Street, a happening stretch now cleared of the lower end retail that had prevailed here just a year ago.
The latest location is just a block away from ever expanding Opening Ceremony, where savvy shoppers can nab some of agnès b.'s leading pieces from the past, all made in France. The company has knitted together a 5-year lease for 4,500 square feet, and signs have now gone up in the windows of the recently refurbished marble and cast iron building, formerly a forlorn warehouse covered in colorful graffiti. The new note behind the glass proclaims "bientôt!?" and word on the street is that January is when the homecoming will occur.
· Discontinued: Agnès B. Says "Au Revoir" to Soho [Racked]
· From the Archives: agnès b. [Opening Ceremony website]
· French chain Agnès B returns to SoHo [Crain's]