Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Last January, Nolita boutique Inven.tory—a clearinghouse of cool brands sold at a discount—posted fliers in its windows proclaiming "Store closing! (at 8pm tonight.)" At the time, it seemed like a cheeky way to advertise an 80% off sale, but now it looks like they're the store that cried wolf, or at least wolf-print silk-screened t-shirt.
In the middle of last month, a "store for lease" sign appeared on the window of the Lafayette Street storefront. The store website disappeared, the phone was disconnected, and the Facebook page took to posting nothing but strange photos and Tumblr-versus-Facebook propaganda. Maybe those discounts were just too high, or the rent on their space (which was admittedly pretty massive) got to be too much to handle? Either way, farewell, sweet Inven.tory: We'll miss you and your markdowns.
· Despite What It Says In Their Windows, Inven.tory Isn't Closing [Racked NY]
· Inven.tory [Facebook]