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Is fashion being pushed out of the Meatpacking District in favor of performance sportswear?
It would seem to be the case these days. The south side of 14th street, currently home to Patagonia and Asics will next welcome a Quiksilver BoardRiders Club at 408 West 14th Street, the same building that until recently housed Carlos Miele's boutique. We aren't sure if the 5,900 square feet that Quiksilver has taken includes that exact space (there are a few storefronts that share the address) but it continues the trend of high fashion stores migrating away from the Meatpacking District and being replaced by more middle-of-the road merchants. With Columbia Sportswear and a pop-up store for rugged boot specialists Sorel coming next month to the neighborhood, the area is starting to feel more like it is geared toward athletic activewear than the urbane high style that first attracted serious shoppers. Quiksilver will add a surf component to the neighborhood as well as (on the plus side) filling at least some of the empty retail space that continues to bedevil what is still supposed to be a hot shopping area.

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