It’s A Shop in A Shop! American Apparel Moves Into London Department Store

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The basics brand adored by many has given UK shoppers something to smile about.

American Apparel has opened a shop-in-shop inside London department store, Selfridges. It’s the first and only permanent American Apparel store of its kind, and will focus on the company’s newest women’s styles.

Customers can also expect to shop American Apparel’s top-selling basics, new Spring and Summer lines, and about 100 Made in USA styles, which the company curated for this one-of-a-kind store.

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American Apparel Launches Sesame Street T-Shirt Line

AMERICAN APPAREL SESAME STREET

Now how cute is this?!

American Apparel and Sesame Street have teamed up to  bring us a limited edition run of classic t-shirts.

This comes with Sesame Street’s celebration of its 40th anniversary this year.

The new line features a handful of Jim Henson’s most compelling characters printed as their original line drawings on American Apparel garments.

The line is set for release this month. It will be sold in American Apparel stores worldwide and online (http://www.americanapparelstore.com/).

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Woody Allen Wins $5 Million Settlement from American Apparel

It’s finally over!

Woody Allen agreed today to accept a $5 million settlement from American Apparel.

This is reported to be the largest amount ever paid under the New York Right to Privacy Statute.

Allen had sued American Apparel in March 2008 for using his image on their billboards, storefront banners, corporate headquarters, and internet website without permission. The settlement comes on the day a jury trial was set to begin in Manhattan. One week earlier, the Court had rejected American Apparel’s principal defenses.

Allen issued a pretty loaded statement today.

“American Apparel calculatingly took my name, my likeness, and image and used them publicly to promote their business. Threats and press leaks by American Apparel designed to smear me did not work and a scheme to call a long list of witnesses who had nothing to do with the case was disallowed by the court. I hope this very large settlement will discourage American Apparel and others from doing this type of thing to myself or others in the future.”

I’m just happy the drama’s all done!


American Apparel Reports Gains in Spite of Recession!!

Some of the big players in the fashion retail industry are getting screwed by the recession.

  • Nordstrom reported that holiday sales dipped 8.0 percent compared to last year.
  • Neiman Marcus is reporting decreases of 31.2 percent in the five-week holiday period compared to 2008.
  • Macy’s, Inc. reported a 4.7 percent drop for this holiday season compared with the five weeks ended Jan. 5, 2008.
  • Gap Inc. reported a 12 percent decrease compared with last year.

But get this.

American Apparel reported that for the month of December 2008, sales for stores open for more than twelve months increased 3% over the year ago period, “on a constant currency basis.”

For the month of December 2007, comparable store sales increased 37%. There were 162 stores in the sales comparison for December 2008.

Makes you go hmmm…