Welcome to our site! I’m a little hesitant to start the pillar of this site with the news of a clothing company closing – but the recent news regarding American Apparel closing has sparked discussion all over the internet between clothing line owners, and apparel decorators alike.
American Apparel has most of its assets bought out by Gildan Activewear to pull the brand out of bankruptcy. This includes all of their inventory, manufacturing equipment, and brand identity.
Is American Apparel Closing?
American Apparel has two different divisions – Retail and Wholesale. Gildan plans on continuing the wholesale division under the American Apparel brand, while closing all of the retail stores.
Can I still buy American Apparel?
In short, yes. American Apparel will be able to be purchased by wholesale apparel distributors, any company that distributes Gildan brands should also distribute the American Apparel line. In the mean time there may be some shortages while Gildan relocates their manufacturing plants.
How does this effect custom apparel decoration?
In all likeliness, we won’t see much of a change. Gildan has a huge presence in the custom market, and they understand the value of a brand such as American Apparel. As such, we expect them to make some slight changes to pricing(hopefully lowering the prices!), and potentially condensing their range of styles to remove the ones that don’t sell.
As someone who uses American Apparel on a regular basis – in both my shop, and my clothing line – I don’t have any serious concerns about this sudden change. If anything, I am hopeful that the American Apparel brand can be pushed in a better direction to represent the supreme quality of their product.
That’s all for today! If there are any sudden updates to the situation, I will update this post appropriately.
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