Manhattan Skyline Management Corp., one of New York’s leading real estate organizations, is pleased to announce that eco-friendly New York City-based womenswear collection KES will open its second location in Manhattan at 339 West Broadway between Broome and Grand Streets in SoHo.
KES, which currently operates a retail location on the Upper West Side, will launch its SoHo store on the Leap Platform and 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.
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.”
“We’re pleased to be part of the expansion of KES to Downtown Manhattan,” said Joshua Roth, Senior Vice President of Retail at Manhattan Skyline Management Corp. “It’s particularly rewarding to work with a brand that has NYC roots. We know that this collection, and its balance of style and sustainability, will be a favorite of shoppers in SoHo.”
This new deal further builds on Manhattan Skyline’s recent downtown retail successes. Last month, children’s boutique Two Kids and A Dog opened in Tribeca just in time for holiday shopping. Prior to that, international independent pre-school, kindergarten and lower school, German School Manhattan, signed on for its second neighborhood facility 85 Warren Street. In September, innovative Japanese restaurant Shiki Omakase opened its doors to diners at 71 W. Houston Street in SoHo.
Occupying a prime spot on West Broadway, KES will be located alongside neighboring tenants including Nikutei Futago, Little Ways, Soho Grand Hotel, Amazon Web Services Loft, Gucci, Oliver Peoples, Osswald, Felix, Flippers, Michelle Negri, IL Mulino Prime, MAMO, Cipriani Downtown and Sola Pasta Bar.
Roth 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.