New York “avant-garde” boutique, to night clubs, to Japan and angry women

In the last post it was confirmed Gregory Gumo was in New York from 1997 until 2000 who according to his LinkedIn page, was “co-founder” of what Gumo described as one of the “coolest avant-garde [it’s hyphenated, Greg] Boutiques at that time in New York City”, a boutique named “Seven Boutique & Gallery”. Since I haven’t been to New York and have no plans on going anytime soon, can his claim of being “one of the coolest avant-garde boutiques at that time in New York City” be confirmed? According to whose perspective? While co-founder of the Seven Boutique & Gallery, a “super model” named Amanda McCullen with two friends, Sage and Graph, came into the boutique and attempted walking out with US$1,500 worth of the latest Japanese fashion merchandise. A “super model” pulls a stunt like that possibly risking her modeling career? Might explain why there is no mention of her at the DNA Modeling Agency in New York. A “super model” and there are no links or images of her online? The reason McCullen attempted walking out of the boutique with this merchandise from Japan, is because McCullen made the claim Gumo owed her US$2,000 from when they were apparently working together in Florida. There has nothing on a search that could be located on this boutique with the exception of the address that was given. The “coolest avant-garde boutique at that time in New York City” and one just walks away from it? What happened to all the merchandise? Did the boutique ultimately end in failure?

Co-founder
Seven Boutique & Gallery
1997 – 2000 (3 years)

Was co-founder of one of the coolest Avant Garde Boutiques at that time in NYC. 180 Orchard Street NYC.

The police after investigating the case said they were hesitant to put blame on Amanda McCullen, and as the article also mentioned, a source close to both McCullen and Gumo, said that Gumo had indeed “reneged on several payments Gumo owed McCullen”. My question is, McCullen is a “super model” and she was that concerned about US$2,000 to go to the boutique where Gumo was co-founder and attempt walking out of the store with US$1,500 in Japanese fashion merchandise? This means one of two things, she was extremely angry with Gumo for reneging on payments owed her and who knows what else, or her “super modeling” wasn’t going too well and she needed the money? What we have here is a woman who was upset with Gumo, so much so it was enough to go to the boutique where Gumo was either working as an employee or the “co-founder”, and brazenly attempt walking out of the a store with US$1,500 in Japanese merchandise.  Why Japanese merchandise? Why couldn’t it have been Italian or French merchandise? This idea of women being angered by Gregory Gumo looks to have been started in New York, maybe in Florida too, just as Mariko Akitaya is alleged to have been extremely angry with Gregory Gumo in Japan. Is there any difference between Amanda McCullen walking into the boutique where Gumo was working and attempting to walk off with what she felt was equal payment, and Mariko Akitaya walking into Gumo’s home in Yokohama and demanding indemnity from Gumo?

Managing Director
Avalon/Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium, Club USA
1998 – 2001 (3年)

I loved my job. ; )

For two years from 1998 until 2000, Gregory Gumo worked at the Tunnel and Limelight, night clubs in New York in which private parties and rage parties were held in which drugs were present, while at the same time being a “co-owner” of Seven Boutique & Gallery. What isn’t clear to me is why would he be working at the Tunnel, which probably kept him going all night long, while at the same time working as a “co-founder” of a boutique business? Wouldn’t he dedicate his time, money and effort to establish an even better “avant-garde” boutique in New York to make it even “cooler” than what he described this boutique as in his LinkedIn page? My guess is he was employed at the boutique and not a “co-founder.” Gumo probably put the money up for the Japanese fashion merchandise which is why McCullen targeted the Japanese merchandise and not other merchandise in the store. Did McCullen front Gumo the money to purchase the Japanese fashion merchandise? This boutique sold women’s fashion as well as Japanese fashions, so is this where he started thinking about Japan and possibly going to Japan? Gregory Gumo’s Japanese wife was involved in modelling. Where did Gregory Gumo meet his Japanese wife? In New York? Online after arriving in Japan? Online before deciding to go to Japan where he arrived in late 2002? In Japan at a club or someplace like Gaspanic in Shibuya or Yokohama?

If it was that “avant-garde” as Gumo described this boutique and there was US$1,500 in Japanese fashion merchandise in the store that McCullen attempted walking out with, where did the money come from to pay for this Japanese fashion merchandise and other fashion merchandise that must have been in the store to sell? Finally, was Gregory Gumo involved in some type of crime in New York, either while at this boutique, the Tunnel or Limelight nightclubs possibly involving drugs, money or a promotional scam in which he decided to leave the U.S. for Japan? He was already investigated by the police once that we know of while at the boutique. He could have just as easily left his Japanese wife where their marriage wasn’t working after five years of hardship to return to the U.S. What kept him in Japan? His children? Living off money his wife was earning from modeling? Fear that if he returned to the U.S. he might have been arrested? I’m sensing a history of failure and frustration going back earlier.

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