When American Apparel relaunched earlier this year, it seemed like the embattled brand was taking a step in the right direction after its sale to Canadian retailer Gildan in 2016. Last month, its “NUDES” line was pitched as “a celebration of diversity and inclusivity”; ads featured women of various shapes, sizes, skin colors and backgrounds. Models for the Spring “Back to Basics” line, which showcased simple silhouettes and gender neutral designs, were selected via American Apparel’s social media channels to symbolize diversity. But the relaunched brand’s Fall line shows it might be back to business as usual.
American Apparel’s shuttered Greenwich Village store.(Photos: Sam Patwell)
Cue the Semisonic. American Apparel has closed its Manhattan stores.
“It’s the end of an era,” said the friend of a staffer lingering at the Soho store. Along with others, the store at 429 Broadway closed for good this afternoon after running out of deeply discounted merch.
As you can see from this and other photos Scott Lynch added to our Flickr pool, the mannequins at the American Apparel on East Houston got a merkined makeover. A company employee tells the Observer “rawness and newness” to Valentine’s Day.
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