Kamakura Shirts, a great friend of Ivy-Style.com, was forced to close its Madison Avenue shop, which was founder Yoshio Sadasue’s longtime dream. Below is a statement from his daughter Nanako, who has taken over the family business.
* * *
Since opening on Madison Avenue in New York on October 30, 2012, our New York store has grown steadily with the patronage of American customers. Nowadays, it has been well received by famous local magazines and blog sites, not to mention gaining the highest evaluation as a shirt shop in New York.
However, the situation in New York and Manhattan changed drastically due to the struggle of the new coronavirus, which caused the people to disappear from the city. In response to the state of emergency, the store was closed for four months. Although the situation was supposed to improve, not only were there no signs of recovery, but the stability of the city is expected to continue to deteriorate and become long-term. Therefore, we decided to withdraw temporarily at the end of December 2020. As you know from daily reports, the situation in New York and Manhattan is more severe than in Japan.
Opening a store in New York has long been a long-cherished wish of the founder, Yoshio Sadasue. It is a pity that we have to withdraw temporarily due to the corona disaster, but we would like to reopen the store when New York revives and regains its vitality. Reopening is a long-cherished wish of all employees. We have eight years of experience and expertise in this area, and above all, we have many customers and 30,000 registered customers. Customers at the New York store have sent many messages such as “I want you to come back soon”, “I feel lonely”, and “I will buy from the global online store from now on”. If the situation in New York returns, I think reopening will not be as difficult as it was when we first opened eight years ago.
For the time being, sales in the United States will be concentrated on our English global online store.