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Gone girl(boss): Troubled co-working space The Wing announced it's shutting down, but all anybody cares about is what will happen to its furniture

Julie Gerstein   

Gone girl(boss): Troubled co-working space The Wing announced it's shutting down, but all anybody cares about is what will happen to its furniture
  • The Wing, the all-female co-working space founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan, has closed.
  • The company told members on Tuesday that it was shutting all its locations, effective immediately.

The girlboss is dead. Long live the girlboss.

On Tuesday night, The Wing, the all-female co-working space founded by Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan in 2016, sent an email to members announcing it would be permanently closing all its locations, effective immediately.

"The operating environment since reopening our six current locations of The Wing, 14 months ago has continued to prove extremely challenging," the $4. "With the backdrop of the Covid pandemic and increasing global economic challenges, we have been unable to recover and grow the level of active membership and event activity necessary to run a financially sustainable operation."

The message added that, with immediate effect, members would no longer have access to any of The Wing's locations.

In an emailed response to Insider, the company confirmed the closing. Per the email, the company "arranged for workspace and membership needs to be fulfilled by IWG," which owns a network of more than 1,000 coworking centers.

As of Tuesday night, The Wing's website and social media accounts were still active, however the comments had been turned off on its Instagram account.

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At its peak, The Wing had 11 locations across two countries, but in recent years, the company reduced its footprint to three locations in New York City, along with spaces in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Members were often drawn to the Instagram-perfect interior design, which featured comfy velvet and leather couches, trendy wallpaper, and a plethora of monstera plants.

The company faced external challenges from a $4 arguing that its women-only space was discriminatory. In early 2019, Gelman announced that prospective members would be "evaluated based on their commitment to The Wing's mission, regardless of their perceived gender identity."

The company also came under intense scrutiny after a 2020 exposé by $4 found that many of the company's employees of color felt marginalized and disrespected — despite the company's espoused pro-feminist, pro-woman stance.

"I've been made to feel small, insignificant, stupid," one former employee told The Times. "This is a place for 'women on their way,' unless you work at the Wing."

Following the exposé and amid the challenges of the Covid pandemic, Gelman $4 from The Wing in mid-2020, calling her departure "the right thing for the business, and the best way to bring The Wing along into a long overdue era of change."

On Tuesday night, as the announcement of The Wing's closure made the rounds on social media, few mourned its closing:

However, the main question most had about the company's shut down was what might happen to its millennial-pink-infused interior furnishings.



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