Amidst the current retail meltdown, one specialty retailer that has managed to keep its sales up like a pair of spandex-infused leggings is American Apparel. Last week, as most retailers announced dismal December same-store sales — including double-digit declines at competitors such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Gap and Pacific Sunwear — American Apparel managed to pull out a 3 percent gain. For the full fourth quarter, the Los Angeles-based maker of colorful fashion basics posted a 10 percent comps improvement, even as holiday sales industrywide tanked.
Not only have American Apparel’s existing stores been remarkably resilient in the downturn, but the company also has been investing heavily in an ambitious retail expansion. Last year, it opened 81 stores in locales ranging from Scottsdale, Ariz., to Shenzhen, China, bringing the brand’s total door count to 260 stores in 19 countries.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)