Lisa Perry has closed her store on 988 Madison Avenue and 77th Street after four years. It was the designer’s last remaining store. A Lisa Perry unit at 67 Main Street in East Hampton “has been closed for some time,” the designer said.
The designer said she shuttered the store to focus on “growing my web site, lisaperrystyle.com and wholesale business. In addition, I’m expanding the brand into other areas such as home.”
Her work has always been inspired by her large personal collection of vintage Sixties and Seventies clothing. She favors clean lines, geometric shapes and bold colors such as bright yellow, fuchsia, orange, red and black and white.
Perry graduated from FIT in 1981 with a focus on textile technology and color theory. In 2007, with the encouragement of friends, she created a collection of retro looks. Perry launched her wholesale business with a one-year exclusive at Jeffrey New York, followed by expanded distribution in stores worldwide as well as her own stores.
In July 2009, the Chicago native opened a pop-up shop at 134 Spring Street in SoHo, which she filled with her A-line dresses, cheerful accessories and Heller dishware.
Four months later, the SoHo pop-up was closed and Perry moved into a flagship at 976 Madison Avenue. That store closed in 2012 when Perry traveled one block north to 988 Madison Avenue.
The store in East Hampton bowed in May 2014. Decorated with bright yellow chairs and sofas, it sold beachy items such as towels, swimwear, cover-ups, beach bags, Op Art-inspired tableware and a capsule collection of Perry’s favorite Manolo Blahnik shoes for summer.
Perry expanded her oeuvre with special-edition pieces done in collaboration with artists. Her first artist-inspired range in 2010 incorporated photographs of Andy Warhol from the Sixties into dresses and T-shirts. Other artists in the series included Jeff Koons, Robert Indiana and Roy Lichtenstein.
She added she’ll continue to design the collection and work on her artist collaborations. “The collection will be sold on my web site and at several Barneys New York locations. I will also be launching a limited edition home collection that will debut at the Barneys New York Madison Avenue flagship on Memorial Day Weekend,” Perry said.
Her husband, Richard, is the owner of Barneys New York.
Asked about her own retail, Perry said, “I have no plans to open the store in another location at this time.”