END OF AN ERA: Fragments, the SoHo jewelry store that helped jump-start the careers of labels including Alexis Bittar and Ippolita, will close Monday after nearly 30 years in business, following the loss of its lease. The company’s wholesale showroom will also wind-down operations and is expected to shutter by May, according to a representative.
In the Eighties, the Fragments boutique was among the first specialty stores to initiate SoHo’s renaissance, transforming the then-sleepy section of town into one of retail’s most sought-after neighborhoods. Throughout the late Nineties and early-Aughts, stars like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow could be spotted shopping in Fragments’ hot spot confines, the resulting images often landing on the pages of celebrity tabloids.
Revealing the closure, Fragments chief executive officer Janet Goldman, who founded the company with former partner Jimmy Moore, said, “SoHo has been my home and Fragments, my true passion. I am forever grateful to all those who helped lead our success.” After losing her store’s lease, Goldman felt “it was time for a change,” and subsequently decided to end Fragments Inc.’s operations altogether — its showroom included.
Fragments has held an ongoing store sale in the past few months to quietly clear its shelves of merchandise. Pieces sold on consignment have been returned to designers or transferred to the Fragments showroom for its last remaining months. What little merchandise is left in the store after its closure on Monday will also be available at the showroom until May.