Attempts to salvage jobs at American Apparel by two Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the workforce development agency did little to stop Monday’s mass layoffs at the company.Letters from supervisors Janice Hahn and Hilda Solis, along with the county’s Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services director Cynthia Banks were sent to bankruptcy court judge Brendan Shannon, and officially docketed Tuesday. The letters, dated a day ahead of the Jan. 12 auction, show three attempts requesting the court create a stipulation that would keep as many of the company’s jobs in Southern California.All three letters, worded similarly, point out the company’s average hourly wage of $18 to $20 for sewers and cutters, along with salaries of between $50,000 and $70,000 on average for administrative and management positions. Hahn’s letter pointed out the reality that “many ‘made-in-the-USA’ jobs are disappearing due to mergers, acquisitions, automation, globalization and cost-cutting, especially jobs in the lower-skilled rung of the economic spectrum, leaving these workers with little to no possibility of finding similar jobs. And so, it would be cruel and coldhearted, dare I say: inhumane, to throw these laid-off workers in the ranks of the chronically unemployed and underemployed.”American Apparel received court approval last week on the $103 million sale of its intellectual property and some of its equipment to T-shirt firm Gildan Activewear Inc. Other, smaller deals include two retail store leases and the sale of the company’s Garden Grove knit and dye house to Broncs Inc. Terms of the Broncs deal were still being worked out at the time of the hearing, but it was estimated the sale could yield at least $200,000 and as much as $250,000.None of the deals included the retention of any jobs — something that had been made clear when the company notified the California Employment Development Department in November that 3,457 jobs were on the line with its pending sale. Gildan Activewear has maintained all along that its interest in American Apparel had always been about the intellectual property and equipment.The approved deals set off a wave of layoffs at the company throughout the day Monday as workers lined up outside of the company’s factory store on the ground floor of its headquarters, beginning in the early-morning hours, to pick up their final checks. The company confirmed that same day it was laying off roughly 2,400 people.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)