Over the weekend we (and we're betting several other fashion themed websites) got an anonymous comment, and then an email (now unpublished) about Russian wonder-teen retail chain Kira Plastinina. According to the comment —which we at the time we felt was unsubstantiated and not to be remotely taken as fact— The chain's U.S. operation (consisting of 12 stores) is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
at the time, we didn't think it was solid enough even for a blog to publish. We generally don't trust anonymous, negative tips because frequently it's just someone who is trying to spread malicious rumors, but now WWD has confirmed that the nascent chain is indeed in trouble.
Well, we did think that they were coming on a little strong. Apparently, rent is up to date on the stores, only some of which may close, but it looks like Kira Plastinina's moment will have been exceedingly brief.
Kira Plastinina U.S. Stores Face Closure (WWD)
The text of the mysterious email after the jump.
Previously: Kira Plastinina: Even Pinker Than We Thought
Here's the entire poorly punctuated, questionable comment:
Hi, im trying to contact you but the link is broken. i think its important that you make a piece about the entire kira plastinina brand going completely bankrupt in the us. They are trying to keep it a secret, but really they never paid their construction workers for their work on their stores (they had protests) they notified their employees with less than a weeks notice that the store will close down. the entire thing is sketchy, all the media she ever got was paid for by her dad. (2 million dollars for paris to come to a show, all the teen vogue "pieces" were just advertisements made to look like part of the magazine) now they are trying to exit quietly, but they really blew it.
and the email sent on 12/16:
kira plastinina has gone bankrupt in the usa, the stores will close on friday and they are trying to keep quiet not let people know everything is 70% off but not advertised! they have 4 mechanics liens filed against them, protestors of construction workers who never got paid, their manniquiens are on ebay... please! explore this her father paid for all her good press, and is making sure this stays out of the lime light to not ruin a possibly bloomingdales line!