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Though Bleecker Street's beauty corridor is growing in the West Village, the number of fashion retailers on the block is rapidly decreasing. The Shophound discovered that Marc Jacobs is continuing to shed stores here, with the latest victim being the men's store at 382 Bleecker Street. That follows the departure of the Marc by Marc Jacobs accessories store at 301 West 4th Street, which was quickly replaced by Want Les Essentiels.
For those still keeping tally, that leaves Jacobs with a store at 403/405 Bleecker Street, a beauty store at 385 Bleecker Street, and Bookmarc at 400 Bleecker Street.
Brand CEO Sebastian Suhl provided hints to WWD early last year about what shoppers can expect from all this reconfiguration: "We have loads of opportunities to operate and open more stores, but I think the main focus is really getting the concept right, the product right under a unified store concept."
The local blog also pointed out that Jacobs' men's store isn't the only newly-vacated spot on the block: Mulberry is no longer at 387 Bleecker Street, Brooks Brothers' Black Fleece closed at 351 Bleecker Street, and Comptoir des Cotonniers put a closing sign in the window of 345 Bleecker Street. The changes are indicative of the street's new focus on more accessible designer labels like Paul Smith's temporary store, the author hypothesized.