Diddy's Sean John flagship to close
November 10th, 2010
05:54 PM ET

Diddy's Sean John flagship to close

Looks like the doors will soon close for good on the flagship store for P. Diddy's Sean John clothing line.

According to Women's Wear Daily, the Manhattan store, which first opened back in 2004, will shut down at the end of the year. A spokesperson released a statement citing "inadequate selling space" as a driving factor in the closing.

Earlier, the clothing company launched a $2.5 million lawsuit against the owner of the building, located at 475 Fifth Avenue, claiming the scaffolding had been interfering with foot traffic since 2006, cutting the company's revenue in half.

Sean John did announce that they are looking to bring stores to New York and L.A. in the future.

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  1. Payyourbills

    Hope all of his stores close.
    Worked in some Sean John Stores and NEVER GOT PAID. Just lied to "The Check is in the mail".

    December 2, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Golden Child

    I can tell most of the comments here were written by the Whitest people on the planet. The real reason Diddy's flagship store is closing is because of the economic downturn. Now matter where you live in the States, a lot of formerly strong businesses are going belly up. Most people can't afford to buy new clothes all the time like they used to back in 2004 when jobs were plentiful and stable and thousands of dollars in credit was available to everyone and anyone with a first and last name. However, Sean John isn't doing all that well because times have changed. Back in the late 90's and early to mid 2000's, young Black kids and urban youth across the country were donning baggy Hip Hop clothes which were SJ brand's signature style. Today, those same trendsetting kids in America's urban environments aren't wearing Sean John anymore but they are wearing better fitting classic-looking clothes from tried and true American designers like Ralph Lauren. Times do change and the name Sean John will forever be associated with outdated, gaudy, big-logo strewn unattractive baggy clothes and the late 90's and early 2000's.

    December 5, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MikeB

    In order to establish and maintain a store your brand has to have staying power, SJ has not changed its style of wear in the past 2-3 years, SJ customer demogrpahic was younger & urban which tend to be trendy in their purchasing. I'm sure the scaffold had little impact in the reduction on revenue derived from foot traffic....I do like SJ suits I've purchased from Men Wearhouse and think the business model should change to accomdate the 30+ age demogrphic.

    November 15, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. SharpDressedMan

    The SJ clothing are boring and can't fit in the business casual or hood world. Check out Macy's clearance racks. They are full of SJ stuffs. Explain that?

    November 15, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Live-Learn

    Hmmmmmm...The article states that the store is closing because of the retail space and the issue with the tenant. However, you got comments from folks thinking that the clothing line is going out of business and proclaiming that Diddy will be broke like Hammer in 3yrs time...

    READ PEOPLE!!!! The Sean Jean clothing line is estimated to earn $500M/yr in retail sales. Sean Combs is worth around $300M.

    The ignorant comments about the clothes, is totally funny. The REAL Sean Jean clothing is not over sized graffiti laden clothing. If you care to do research (which I now realize, most folks rather spew ignorant foolishness than research and post with some educated points) you will find that 95% of the Sean Jean wear is actually tame, with a very nice suit/dress shirt line.

    I don't understand why every time an article is printed about a Urban artist or Rapper, the same type of "Good Ol' Boys" make it an issue to spew garbage. I don't like Metal. Don't care anything about it. However, I do not wish Metal artist demise, nor would I gloat if something happened to one. I do not go out my way to post messages degrading, condemning, or ridiculing the lifestyle of metal artist (even though they live exactly like rappers w/o the press coverage).

    Good Ol' Americans, if you are so concerned about the Urban culture ruining your "pure Utopian" country, do this:

    Instead of hiding behind a screen name, and spewing hate on message boards, how about taking that energy to your nearest urban school district and volunteer where the teachers are overworked because no one wants to teach in the urban schools. Instead of making your your annual donations to your Grand Ol' Party, or your local animal shelter, donate money to the Urban school district so that they can provide the same resources as your lovely suburban, community school.

    After all, education is key, right???? Once we all get educated, we won't have to worry about uneducated posts on various websites.........

    November 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dsherm

    Wow! Lots of hate and envy but that's ok. Anyway did anyone actually read the article? It says that the space is inadequate and he is relocating. Learn to read before spewing such drastic nonsense!

    November 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. celebs911

    Hmmm..I'm thinking if Diddy has to close down a store for whatever reasons, what are people like us doing when we launch an apparel brand?:) I guess blogging..:) ir singing Loca Loca Loca with Shakira:)

    November 11, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eddie King

    Say, Eddie King really likes "Diddy's Sean john Flagship to close".

    November 11, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Truth

    Diddy is a liberal stooge.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  10. kat

    Sean John still sells pretty well at Macy's. I know people who wear those clothes- a friend of mine bought a couple of the silk ties for himself and his groomsmen to wear in his wedding. They looked amazing. He has some pretty good quality professional wear in his line- you can't really say that about alot of urban designers. Even if you aren't a fan of Diddy, you can't deny that the man has serious style.

    November 11, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. Juicy

    for your information Hammer dosen't live in a trailer park. Know the facts before you post something !

    November 11, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. Young Sinatra

    He should just admit the recession finnally got to him just like everyone else. The bubble has burst & people arn't buying stuff they don't have to have anymore like they have a brain..Good for us. Big entertainers are having to cancel concert dates because people can't afford to buy tickets right now. Only the biggest most talented stars are going to make it to about 2016 when the economy really begins to finnally recover.

    November 11, 2010 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. August

    Regardless of the clothes, the scaffolding on the Sean John store has been there forever and it definitely makes it harder to see that it's open or what it is if you didn't already know (I live down the street). I can understand if they're unhappy. That said, the clothes are a separate issue, and also note that they cited "inadequate selling space" as the reason for their move, meaning that they're hoping to move into a larger space.

    November 11, 2010 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  14. Avon Barksdale

    Why do you white boys be hateing so much? CALM YALL NERVES!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. CuadRose

    Your other half 'the_dude' above is looking for you. He misses your stroke. You guys must be inbreds. How else could anyone explain your lowlife posts. Go away!

    November 11, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  16. F'Real


    November 11, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  17. joe vegas

    Ive got an idea,........ HE can relocate his sean john line to k-mart and wal-mart im sure, actually positive it will be hitting the exact target audience the whole clothing clothing line has been looking for since the first of the six times he changed his name...... SEAN JOHN....AT..... WALMART...SHIRTS 3.99...PANTS ...5.99......PERFECT FIT.....SEAN

    November 11, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Yup your right, hicks need clothing as well to back up the culture they try so hard to impersonate.

      November 11, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  18. stu

    i heard he bought Justy Biebs a car for his 15th b-day! & mikey jackson (the kid from "Home Alone") have the same likes.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. stu

    plenty of space in harlem Diddley.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  20. stu

    stick to rap piddy boy! ur over priced clothes is crap.

    November 11, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  21. Hal Jalaikeakick

    Hey Puffy. you can blame the scaffolding, but you are LAME.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Gretchen Wilson

    I can find the same damn thing on a walmart shelf half price, I don't need no designer tag to make my man want me.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Marco555

    4 Greats Grand Kids? The first great'd kick it all down, it wouldn't even make it to the 2nd great.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  24. stiv roma

    The guy has been a huge success – and actually outlived his time as a rap singer – so Kudos to him. I personally dont care for his music, but I like to see someone like him have affluence since he contributes alot of money to charitable causes such as PETA, Amnesty International, Doctor without Borders, Greenpeace, and so on. Puff Daddy is a great humanitarian and a great cook as well and he can balance on a ball white holding books, a rake with a fishbowl on it and a tea cup and a boat with a doll.

    November 10, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MOMO



    November 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Marco555

    Too many of those kids got their butts hanging out of their pants anyway. It's time for a change.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • lol

      Well, I'm quite sure this phenomenon has been going on way before this guy. You must be new to this country.

      November 11, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  27. NCole

    Times change. He's no longer that popular choice just like the J-Lo's, Tommy Hilfiger's and FUBU brands. Look how crazy Miley and Justy-Bieb's "fashion and perfumes" have been crazy the past 2-3 years.. Again . . .all in due time and they will be just as "aww, so old news".

    November 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh well

      Èxcellent point. When I was a kid Ocean Pacific was the brand to have, now it's a Wal-Mart brand. How things change. One day you're in, the next you're out.

      November 11, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  28. (oo)

    have you seen the clothes? it looks just like stuff you can buy at JC Penny, only 10 times the price.

    November 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Alpha Male

    Wow, what does being Black, a rapper and rich have to do with anything being ghetto? Maybe, just maybe things aren't working out for his clothing line... Ya think? Myself,nor any member of my Black family are neither ghetto, rich rappers, have been or have any intentions of going to jail... AND WE'RE LIVING QUITE WELL (BIG BUCKS)THANK YOU! Now take THAT news and spread it around the trailer park!

    November 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      white people lose dominant culture status in america in under 10 years, spend the next 50 in denial about it as blacks, latinos and asians dominate them and do to them what they did to us all these years. revenge = cold dish.

      November 11, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
    • bestglenn

      Ghetto behavior has more to do with driveby shootings and Pee Pee Dribble has participated in driveby shootings. He is a loser and Hitler was rich too. Think and have some morality or at least try..

      December 24, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  30. sxycindy

    No problem, When Im on the West coast I shop in Beverly Hills, on Rodeo Drive. East coast, Madison Avenue. Oh, question for you Eddie, what's costco/ Walmart?

    November 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • love american dopes

      And this is why people like you will continue to get robbed. Thanks for making those purchases and by the way see you on Rodeo Drive:).

      November 11, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  31. brian

    take dat take dat take dat (breathy)

    November 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  32. CClark1

    I just love the fact that clothing by Black Designers are always deemed overprice by clothing by other couture Gucci, Dolce etc doesnt fit in that category.

    November 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Eddie Bauer

    Better than that 99% US idiots costco, eddie bauer, kohl's, walmart tasteless crapsters walking around :o)

    November 10, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. the_dude

    face it puff didy there just is not that many wiggers in the world. Normal people don't wear that ghetto crap.

    November 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MOMO



      LOL, HATERS.

      November 10, 2010 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • CuadRose

      You just had to go and confirm your ignorance for all to see! So boring.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
    • derp

      said the walmart shopper.

      November 11, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  35. SKY

    HE IS "OUT"

    November 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  36. D

    Wasn't it there before he chose to open the store there? It probably didn't cut the revenue in half-he's a famous singer-it would be because of the fact that nobody wants to buy his clothes.

    November 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. D

    Wasn't it there before he chose to open the store there? It probably didn't cut the revenue in half-he's a famous singer-it would be because of the fact that nobody wants to buy his clothes...

    November 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • kiki

      Fashion is VERY fickle you have to be in it for the long haul. I think he just has too many thing going on to focus on his clothing store.

      November 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      Maybe if he moved his manufacturing from Honduras, where the workers – mainly children – get 15 cents an hour, to India where they'd get about 8 cents an hour. He should be able to continue to make a profit off of slave labor just like any other self congratulating lowlife would.

      November 10, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andy

      Tomas in Vancouver, sad but very true.

      November 11, 2010 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Leika

      Actually no it was not...scaffolding appeared there last year ( I work in the area ) and the store has been there way before. So, I think that it did influence "foot traffic" and you really cannot see the actual store because of it.
      Oh well – he is rich enough to "sustain" himself...

      November 11, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |

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